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October 2014

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School lunch professionals recognized for leadership in the healthy food movement

Earlier this month, the LiveWell@School Food Initiative hosted its first leadership conference for school food service professionals across the state. The two-day event focused on capacity building for nutrition staff and recognized the finalists of the inaugural Carrot Award who will participate in an upcoming cooking competition and be honored at our annual fundraising luncheon on December 11. The LiveWell@School Food Initiative works in partnership with food service directors and their staff to serve freshly prepared meals that both taste good and are good for students through free culinary, marketing, operations, management and leadership trainings...

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School lunch professionals recognized for leadership

LiveWell Colorado Updates

Building healthier municipalities

Food insecurity in Northwest Colorado

Cheer for healthier school lunches

Recipe: bell pepper crustless quiche

Hot Topics in Obesity

LiveWell Colorado Updates

Save the date to support LiveWell Colorado on Colorado Gives Day – Dec. 9

Did you know that you can preschedule your Colorado Gives Day gifts already? We urge you to support LiveWell Colorado through Colorado Gives Day this year to help us continue to reduce and prevent obesity in Colorado by promoting healthy eating and active living. One hundred percent of your donation made through the ColoradoGives.org website on Dec. 9 will go to LiveWell Colorado. So, schedule your donation today and thank you in advance for supporting LiveWell Colorado!

Join us at our annual luncheon—Dec. 11

Colorado kids get at least 30% of their daily calories from the lunches they eat at school, which makes it critical for those meals to be healthy and nutritious. Our annual fundraising luncheon features a menu chosen at a cooking competition between school lunch professionals who have participated in LWC’s School Food Initiative program. The meal is a healthy and delicious school lunch—1 entrée and 2 sides—that follows the USDA regulations, incorporates a local food item and costs less than $1 to make...

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Community Spotlight

Building healthier municipalities from the ground up at the HEAL Cities & Towns Summit

Last week, more than 100 municipal representatives, elected officials, public health advocates and nonprofit leaders convened for the second annual HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign Summit in Golden, Colo. The two-day event focused on integrating policies promoting health equity and community engagement in partnership with the LiveWell Colorado HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign, an initiative providing training and technical assistance to help municipal officials adopt policies that improve access to physical activity and healthy food in their communities. Municipal-level built environment changes affect the health of residents and can prevent and reduce obesity...


Food insecurity drives evaluation and action plan in Northwest Colorado

Famous for champagne powder and world-class summer recreation, Routt County in Northwest Colorado has gained a reputation as an affluent, fit community. Because of this, it may come as a surprise that accessing and affording healthy foods is an ongoing challenge for many of the county’s residents. A large number of the jobs held by residents in Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek and Hayden are temporary, seasonal positions without health benefits. It can be difficult to make ends meet with these low-paying jobs, which creates a cycle of poverty. The average household income for a family of four falls more than $2,500 short of Routt County’s estimated costs to cover basic needs...

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Recipe Center

From our blogs: Cheering for healthier school lunches

Fall recipe spotlight: Bell pepper crustless quiche

Hot Topics In Obesity

School food plays a key role in preventing childhood obesity
Source: Denver Post YourHub
October 1, 2014

Restaurants shave calories off new menu items
Source: NPR Blog
October 9, 2014

Corner stores in NE Denver part of pilot program for food deserts
Source: Denver Post
October 14, 2014

Items in checkout aisles promote obesity, study finds
Source: Settle PI Blog
October 29, 2014

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