LiveWell Colorado has a distinct role in reducing and preventing obesity in Colorado; however, we know that it takes all of us working together to truly make an impact. We are extremely grateful to our committed partners and all of the dedicated individuals who make our efforts possible.

This week provides two opportunities to support our fight against obesity – our second annual fundraising luncheon on December 8 and Colorado Gives Day on December 6. We hope you will take part in one or both! Please consider playing an important role in reversing obesity in Colorado by attending our fundraising luncheon or giving an online contribution to LiveWell Colorado through Colorado Gives Day.

Fundraising Luncheon: An Interesting Twist on Preventing Obesity

If you have not already done so, I encourage you to purchase tickets to our fundraising luncheon on Thursday, December 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Denver Downtown. This event celebrates the culmination of our 2011 EatWell@School Cooking Competition, a nine-week program in which participating Denver Public School students took on the challenge of preparing tasty school lunches that align with the USDA’s new school nutrition guidelines and meet Denver Public Schools’ budget of less than a dollar per meal. The winning meal by Manual High School will be served at the luncheon.

In addition to raising money for LiveWell Colorado’s efforts to promote healthy eating and active living in the state, the event will celebrate the momentum already underway to combat obesity in Colorado. We are thrilled to have Governor John Hickenlooper make remarks as well as recognize and celebrate all of the EatWell@School Cooking Competition participants. 

Colorado Gives Day: 24 Hours to Give Where You Live

If you can’t attend our luncheon, I encourage you to support LiveWell Colorado on Colorado Gives Day. On December 6, you can join thousands of Colorado citizens who will come together to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits like ours. Last year’s goal of raising $1 million for Colorado charities was far surpassed and $8.4 million was raised.

Presented once again by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day provides the opportunity to easily give online – with 100 percent of your donation going directly to LiveWell Colorado, and the value of your donation being increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund.

I’d like to thank you in advance for your critical support. Together, we can make great strides in our fight against obesity.