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November 2014

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Thankful for Health

As we approach Thanksgiving this week, we encourage you to stop and take note of how you are thankful for your health. Are you thankful for continued good health? Renewed health? Access to healthy food? Opportunities to participate in physical activity? Living in a state where health and an active lifestyle are promoted and celebrated?

This year we are thankful for you, the many individuals across the state of Colorado who believe that good health and access to healthy opportunities are important. Thank you for the ways you...

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Thankful for Health

LiveWell Colorado Updates

Attend a Meeting of the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council

Wheat Ridge's Healthy Living Opportunities Recognized

Remember LiveWell Colorado on Dec. 9, Colorado Gives Day

Recipe: Apple Pumpkin Oats

Hot Topics in Obesity

LiveWell Colorado Updates

Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact Launched on Nov. 14

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and founding partners, including LiveWell Colorado, recently launched the Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact, a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed to improve nutrition for patients and their families, visitors, and staff. Compact members agree to promote healthy food and beverage options in their cafeterias, vending machines and patient menus, and support new moms in breastfeeding their babies.

"The Healthy Hospital Compact is about setting the example,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, health department executive director and chief medical officer. » Read more

EatWell@School Cooking Competition Winner Announced

Chicken shish kebabs. Homemade hummus. Orange mélange. The recipes and cooking expertise displayed at Friday night’s EatWell@School Cooking Competition looked like an episode of Iron Chef. The skillets were hot, the competition was fierce, and, at the end of the night, Denver Human Services Family Crisis Center was declared the 2014 winner. Jo Ellen Mitchell led the team that won $1,000 to be used to purchase kitchen equipment and the honor of having their menu served at our annual EatWell@School Luncheon on December 11.

“I think it is so cool to be recognized in this manner, being that we are... » Read more

Policy Corner

Community Spotlight

Attend a Meeting of the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council

Are you interested in the issues and opportunities that surround healthy food access? The Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council (COFSAC) is a legislatively-mandated, volunteer-based, 15-member body of state agencies and diverse food systems stakeholders that meets quarterly in metro Denver.  Its charge is to advance recommendations that strengthen healthy food access for all Coloradans through Colorado agriculture and local food systems and economies.

In order to raise awareness about areas for state leadership, COFSAC develops...


Wheat Ridge's Healthy Living Opportunities Recognized

Wheat Ridge was recently named one of the nation’s best cities for retirement by Livability.com. The city was ranked fifth on Livability’s 2014 Best Places to Retire list and was the only Colorado city to make the cut.

Livability cited Wheat Ridge’s numerous bike trails, fitness centers, nearby mountains and ski resorts as important amenities for active retirees. Through its research, Livability found that Wheat Ridge was one of the healthiest cities it examined, with the highest percentage of residents who exercise out of all the...

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LiveWell Colorado Feature

Recipe Center

Give $15 to Create a Healthier Colorado in 2015!

Perfect for Thanksgiving Morning: Apple Pumpkin Oats

Hot Topics In Obesity

Food banks ask donors to think healthful before giving
Source: Los Angeles Times
November 14, 2014

Fast food marketing disproportionately targets kids in black neighborhoods
Source: The Huffington Post
November 12, 2014

Fighting obesity is a national security issue
Source: The Courier-Journal
November 9, 2014

Soda makers battle proposed taxes in Berkeley, San Francisco
Source: Kaiser Health News
October 29, 2014

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