LiveWell Colorado (LWC) began as an outgrowth of The Colorado Physical Activity and Nutrition Program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). It became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2008 with a mission of reducing obesity and promoting healthy nutrition in Colorado. In its first year, LiveWell Colorado sought to bring greater coordination and consistency to statewide efforts to reduce obesity. Due to the program’s demonstrated effectiveness, Kaiser Permanente and The Colorado Health Foundation partnered to found LiveWell as an independent nonprofit organization.
Throughout LiveWell’s 10 year history, the organization has evolved from being one that promotes healthy behaviors and environments through community grantmaking and coordinated marketing campaigns to one that specifically focuses policies, programs, promotions, and partnerships on removing barriers to healthy eating and active living for low-income communities and people of color in Colorado.
How We Work
Breaking Down Barriers & Building Up Community
Colorado’s population has grown to more than 5.5 million people. Approximately 12% struggle with hunger and 14% live below the federal poverty line of $24, 250. Thirty percent of Colorado kids live in neighborhoods without parks, community centers, or safe sidewalks, limiting their physical activity.
In this video, LiveWell’s community partners talk about these and other barriers to healthy eating and active living throughout Colorado, community-driven solutions, and how we can and should continue to work together to build a culture of health that extends to every resident in every part of our state.
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