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Support Smart Snacks in Schools

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently proposed updated nutrition standards for snacks and beverages sold in schools through vending machines, cafeteria à la carte lines, school stores and on-campus fundraisers. These proposed standards are now open to public comment... Read More

Advocating for Physical Activity in Schools

This week Colorado’s House of Representatives passed House Bill 1069, a bipartisan measure requiring all public elementary schools to provide students with a minimum of 600 minutes of physical activity a month, or approximately 30 minutes per school day.  LiveWell Colorado... Read More

LiveWell Colorado to USDA: School Food Standards are a Strong Step Forward for Student Health

In January, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed updated nutrition standards for meals served in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.  LiveWell Colorado supports the proposed changes, include requiring more fat-free and low-fat milk and adding more fruits, vegetables... Read More

EatWell@School Cooking Competition Winners Head to D.C.

On May 23, students from Denver’s Martin Luther King Jr. Early College will take part in the ultimate food fight with teams of aspiring chefs from high schools in Chicago, Jacksonville, Fla., St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and Winston-Salem, N.C. The six... Read More

Summer Food Programs Are Vital to Reducing Obesity

Nearly 400,000 Colorado children participate in school meal programs, more than 80 percent of whom receive their meals for free or at a reduced price. For these children, school meals are often their only source of balanced nutrition. So what... Read More

Make a Difference in Your Community During National Farm to School Month

When children learn about where their food comes from, they are more likely to try new healthy foods and make better food choices as they grow into adulthood. Farm to School programs not only improve the nutritional quality of meals... Read More

Congress’ Changes to School Meal Nutrition Standards Do Not Get a Passing Grade…But Local Efforts Do

From loving parents to dedicated school nutritionists, concern is quickly spreading throughout our country over Congress’ changes to the proposed new USDA School Meal Nutrition Guidelines in the final version of a spending bill released earlier this week. The goal... Read More

New School Meal Nutrition Standards Get an Improved Grade

Students across the country will soon have access to healthier foods in their lunchrooms thanks to new school meal nutrition standards. Although the standards are not everything that LiveWell Colorado hoped for, they certainly constitute a great improvement in making... Read More