Colorado Springs was selected in 2007 to participate in the YMCA of the USA’s (Y-USA) Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative, an effort of the national Y-USA Activate America® Healthier Communities Initiatives and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The initiative focuses on collaborative engagement with community leaders, the influence of the environment on health and well-being, and the role policy plays in sustaining change. This opportunity brought together a group of community leaders representing multiple sectors to work collaboratively on efforts to improve opportunities for physical activity and nutrition. This group became the Leadership Team for the LiveWell Colorado Springs initiative. These individuals decided to focus efforts within a specific area of Colorado Springs, due to the size of the city and county. Harrison School District Two and its’ boundaries were chosen in order to target an area of high need in the community. The Leadership Team is the foundation of the LiveWell Colorado Springs initiative, provides the guidance for its vision and mission, the goals and strategies in the community action plan, and supports the work of the entire coalition and its subcommittees.
The coalition serves as an informative body and is comprised of subcommittees determined by sector: schools, community, worksites, and healthcare settings. The role of the subcommittee members is to support and execute the strategies of the community action plan in order to move the mission and vision of LiveWell Colorado Springs forward. The Leadership Team serves as the steering committee, providing oversight to the initiative, as well as serve as members of various subcommittees, based on organizational affiliation and interest.
Through a variety of invaluable partnerships with organizations and individuals throughout the Pikes Peak Region, LiveWell Colorado Springs has been able to make significant progress in its mission. As the LiveWell Colorado Springs continues to move forward and gain momentum, it is anticipated that this initiative will bring more community organizations together and unite them towards the common goal of increasing opportunities for healthy eating and active living.
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