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LiveWell’s School Food Initiative: Carving out a Model for Sustainable Scratch Cooking in Colorado Schools

By Leslie Levine, Technical Assistance & Research Manager, LiveWell Colorado   I am the longest-running employee at LiveWell Colorado, so I have been around to witness many transitions in the LiveWell@School Food Initiative program model since its launch in 2010.... Read More

LiveWell Voices: Five Questions with Chef Sally

“Good and good for you.” That’s always been Chef Sally Ayotte’s motto when describing her passion for food, and it shows. Her LiveWell@School Food Initiative recipe, Craisy Pumpkin Breakfast Bars, just won the Learning ZoneXpress Soar with School Breakfast Recipe Challenge.... Read More

Community Spotlight | LiveWell Leadville: Building a Culture of Health in Lake County

Each year, the Colorado Education Initiative’s Healthy School Champions program recognizes Colorado schools that have successfully created a healthy school environment. With the support of the Colorado Health Foundation, the program has awarded more than $250,000 in grants over the... Read More

Unhealthy Food Marketing in Schools

By Leslie Levine, LiveWell Colorado Technical Assistance and Research Coordinator On my way into work the other morning, I listened to the radio DJ talk about her young son selling cookies for a school fundraiser. I then remembered that my... Read More

How One Mom Went from “Complainer” to “School Health Advocate”

LiveWell Mom Alli Howe is not your average health-minded parent. “Complaining about cookies is short-sighted. I love our school community at Sherman Early Childhood Center and wanted to see healthy changes really stick,” she says. Motivated by her desire to... Read More

Fresh Faces and Fresh Food: LiveWell Chaffee County’s Farm to School Collaborative

The farm to school movement has been building momentum throughout the country, as schools and communities look for innovative ways to get kids eating healthier. One of our community coalitions, LiveWell Chaffee County, has gained increased recognition for building a... Read More

Steamboat Springs’ Safe Routes to School Program Gains Momentum

“Steamboat Springs is very bike friendly, but everyone still likes their suburbans,” says Sally Cariveau, Steamboat Springs School District’s Safe Routes to School coordinator. To tackle the challenges presented by a largely rural population, the district has established “Hike and... Read More

Jefferson County Public Schools’ Employee Wellness Program Inspiring Healthy Changes

This school year, Wellness Connections, the Jefferson County Public Schools’ employee wellness program, created customized fitness programs, called “Flourish with Fitness,” for various job types including: bus drivers, food service workers, custodial services, administrative staff and educators. These fitness programs (available... 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... Read More

School Food Plays a Key Role in Preventing Childhood Obesity

School districts around the state are taking steps to make sure Colorado’s students are getting the right kind of nutrition for successful learning, a critical focus given September is both National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and the hectic back-to-school season.... Read More