Month: December 2016

Letter from LiveWell Colorado CEO Gabriel Guillaume on the Importance of Health Equity

Dear Advocates, From launching the Double Up Food Bucks program to increase access to fruits and vegetables for Coloradans who receive SNAP (food stamps) benefits, to our statewide #NoMore24 campaign that recruited grassroots advocates from across the state to fight for childhood physical activity, 2016 was an important year for LiveWell and our efforts to …

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HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign Achieves Several Milestones in 2016

2016 was an exciting year for the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign. The campaign added four new members– Cedaredge, Fort Collins, Nederland, and Mountain View –increasing the total membership to 46 municipalities. In June, Commerce City became the first municipality since the Campaign began in 2013 to earn the Campaign’s “Elite” distinction. There are four …

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LiveWell’s School Food Initiative: Q & A with Program Director Gabriella Warner

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative (SFI) partners with Food & Nutrition Service Departments to serve up freshly prepared meals to students across the state. The Initiative began in 2010 and has continued to grow and evolve into an impactful program reaching well over half of Colorado’s 178 school districts. Gabriella Warner, MS, RD, joined LiveWell as …

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SNAP Authorization Days for Direct Market Farmers in Colorado

Get SNAP authorized in person in early 2017! Food insecurity is a significant issue in Colorado, with 11 percent of the population living in poverty,[1] making it a huge challenge to afford enough healthy food for their families. More than 480,000 Coloradans rely on food assistance programs like SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food …

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Farm to School

Partnership Spotlight: Colorado Food Systems Hub

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on the Community Commons blog. The Colorado Food Systems Hub is designed to advance the research, policy, and community engagement work of the 18+ food policy councils across the state. The Colorado Food Policy Network (COFPN) works to ensure all Coloradans have access to affordable, nutritious food by promoting …

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It’s No Bologna: Evaluating Healthy School Lunches

By Dan Schober, Program Evaluator & Founder at Informed Community Health Editor’s note: This post was originally published on LinkedIn. “I waited…in anticipation…”please get this” I hoped, as the students worked…” Across the country, schools are addressing childhood obesity by cooking more from scratch to improve the healthfulness of foods served in their cafeterias, with …

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HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign | 2016 HEAL Summit Recap

Cities & Towns Have Big Impact on Residents’ Health This year’s HEAL Summit brought together municipal leaders, LiveWell communities, and public health professionals from around Colorado and the country to discuss strategies for increasing access to healthy eating and active living (HEAL). LiveWell Colorado’s new CEO Gabriel Guillaume kicked off the summit by urging the …

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Opportunities and Challenges: LiveWell’s Policy Priorities for 2017

The 2016 election has come to a close, which – for policy organizations like LiveWell – means looking ahead to the 2017 legislative session here in Colorado as well as in Washington D.C. You can read LiveWell’s takeaways on the election successes in Colorado for healthy eating and active living here. In 2017, we will …

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