Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes local health advocates
April 10, 2012
King County earned some recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for public health efforts related to obesity prevention and tobacco use.
The 18 local honorees included Issaquah resident Christopher “Kit” Ledbetter, municipal parks and recreation director in SeaTac. Ledbetter earned recognition from the CDC as a champion for tobacco-free parks in the South King County city. The effort brings together teenagers, law enforcement officers, maintenance crews and other partners.
King County Executive Dow Constantine, a leader in environmental protection, public transit and government reform, also earned recognition from the CDC.
The recognition based on nominations from peers is part of Communities Putting Prevention to Work — a CDC initiative to bring together community organizations, local governments, schools districts and public health agencies in addressing the leading causes of preventable death.