Month: September 2014

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. A 2009 study in the UK found that students who ate a healthy lunch not …

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It’s Not Too Late to Register for Walk to School Day 2014

It may seem like school just started, but now is the time to begin planning activities for Walk to School Day, which has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 8! (You can choose another day in the month to celebrate, if that works better for your school’s schedule.) The goal of this promotion is to encourage …

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8 Tips for Preparing a Safe, Healthy Family Picnic

Packing and hauling heavy, leaking coolers can leave you asking, why is food safety important anyways? But, especially when eating with children, keeping food safe is important for avoiding exposure to life-threatening food borne illnesses. Did You Know? • Bacteria grows best on foods between 40-140°F (the temperature danger zone). • All unpreserved foods should …

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Youth Driven Healthy Recreation Centers Collective Reaches Its Halfway Mark

Much of what influences an individual’s health happens in their community. Safety, access to healthy foods, space for physical activity and social support—from family and friends—all contribute to our health. Even so, many children are growing up in communities with numerous barriers to healthy living. To better understand and improve the connection between health and …

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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month Spotlights Potential For Action in Colorado

Governor John Hickenlooper has proclaimed September to be National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and the Colorado Health Foundation and LiveWell Colorado have joined efforts to bring awareness to and solutions for the issue in Colorado. These organizations work together to connect with local communities, organizations and families about the actions each can take to reduce childhood …

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