2016 Engage in the Change Luncheon a Big Success

LiveWell Colorado awards Kate Paul, Delta Dental CEO, its 2016 Wellness Champion Award; Janus Capital Group partnership also announced at 2016 Annual Luncheon

vivekhickenlooper_400pxLiveWell Colorado had the pleasure of hosting more than 400 guests at its annual Engage in the Change fundraising luncheon on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, in Denver, CO. The event was a big success on many levels, and we were humbled and inspired by the passion and commitment to a healthier Colorado exhibited by all our wonderful speakers, sponsors, and attendees.

Delta Dental of Colorado CEO Kate Paul was named the recipient of LiveWell’s 2016 Wellness Champion award. “We are proud to honor Kate Paul for her extraordinary record of accomplishment throughout her career in advancing health and prevention for hundreds of thousands of Coloradans,” said Shepard Nevel, LiveWell Colorado president and CEO. “Kate is also widely admired for her intelligence, humility, sense of humor, optimism and seemingly unlimited capacity for civic leadership.”

For the past 15 years, Paul has led Delta Dental of Colorado, a nonprofit dental benefits provider serving more than one million people. As a result of Paul’s vision, the company devotes more than half of net revenues to initiatives focused on improving the oral health of Coloradans, including work with the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation. Paul also serves as chair of the Delta Dental Plan Association and is the first woman to have that role. “It is such an honor to be recognized with the 2016 LiveWell Wellness Champion Award,” Paul said. “Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation has partnered with LiveWell Colorado on several policy initiatives, particularly those working to reduce consumption of sugary drinks, which is a key driver in both obesity and dental health issues. We have a shared commitment to ensuring that all Coloradans have the opportunity to live healthy lives.”

Before joining Delta Dental, Paul rose through the ranks at Kaiser Permanente to eventually become Kaiser’s first female regional president, leading the health system’s western operations. She retired but was lured back to the workforce to help advance oral health in Colorado with Delta Dental.

Vkate-paulshepard_400pxivek Wadhwa, a distinguished fellow and professor with Carnegie Mellon University Engineering in Silicon Valley, provided the keynote presentation at the luncheon. An entrepreneur, researcher, author and professor, Time magazine named Vivek as one of “the 40 most influential minds in technology.” Wadhwa shared with the audience how technology can help reach people at “the last mile” and how society can and should use technology wisely and equitably.

Governor John Hickenlooper also made a special guest appearance.  Governor Hickenlooper remarked, “We’ve always known Colorado as the thinnest state, but the real work of the last few years has aimed to make Colorado the ‘healthiest’ state.”

The luncheon also marked the beginning of an innovative new year-long partnership between LiveWell Colorado and Janus Capital Group. Throughout 2017, Janus Capital Group and LiveWell Colorado will work together to support and recognize the members of the agricultural community who are making exemplary strides in promoting healthy eating. The program will help raise money for healthy eating and active living initiatives and give appreciation to farmers who are making a positive impact in our community. “As a Colorado-headquartered company committed to employee and community health, we are thrilled to partner with LiveWell Colorado to promote healthy eating and active living across the state,” said Steve Quinn, Head of Exchange Trade Products Distribution at Janus Capital Group.

Janus Capital Group now offers a way to invest in the growth of the organics industry and the health and wellness category through their newly launched Thematic ETFs, one focusing on organics and one focusing on obesity. “Through this partnership and Janus Capital Group’s Thematic ETFs, the hope is that the more the private sector expands the marketplace for healthier foods and wellness in our communities, the greater chance we have for positive outcomes in the future,” Quinn added.

More than 35 sponsors and event contributors supported the LiveWell Colorado annual luncheon. We were also proud to showcase a video featuring Double Up Food Bucks, a new program led by LiveWell Colorado, which helps provide Colorado grown fresh fruits and vegetables for low income families across the state. If you’d like to learn more about this program, please visit doubleupcolorado.org/. You can also watch this video again below:

Many thanks to all who came out to support LiveWell Colorado’s work and mission, and to all of our generous sponsors and donors, without whom this important work wouldn’t be possible.

If you didn’t have an opportunity to financially support LiveWell Colorado at the luncheon, you can still make a donation here.

“Whatever you are going to give to LiveWell, you should double it.” –Governor John Hickenlooper