Friday, February 10, 2012

LiveWell Colorado

I've been a LiveWell Mom Ambassador since the initiative began last year.  What exactly does that mean?  Basically, I'm a volunteer who support's what they are doing.  As a Mom I feel like it's so important to show Jack a healthy lifestyle.  Jack's a very energized and active two year old, (too young for an exercise program), but he understands both of his parents workout.  Since I started at Orange Theory Fitness I wear a heart rate monitor to class, and the other day Jack tried putting it on and said "Jack workout!"  Jack's at an age where he wants to eat whatever Dan and I are eating.  Which is great because we try to eat healthy as much as possible.  I would feel really bad if I was eating junk food, while insisting that Jack eats his veggies.

From the LiveWell Colorado website:

About LiveWell Colorado
LiveWell Colorado is a nonprofit organization committed to reducing obesity in Colorado by promoting healthy eating and active living. In addition to educating and inspiring people to make healthy choices, LiveWell Colorado focuses on policy, environmental and lifestyle changes that remove barriers and increase access to healthy behaviors. Working in partnership with obesity prevention initiatives across the state, LiveWell Colorado aims to provide every Coloradan with access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity in the places they live, work, learn and play.

Obesity in Colorado
While Colorado is often touted as America's "leanest" state, we are not immune to the growing health crisis of obesity. Nearly 55 percent of Colorado adults and a quarter of our children are overweight or obese. And we're getting worse. If trends continue, only 35 percent of Coloradans will be a healthy weight by 2017. LiveWell Colorado was formed to take a leadership role in tackling the complex problem of obesity and realizing the vision of all Coloradans embracing a healthier lifestyle.

I encourage you to check out their website, it has so much information and many helpful tools.  Even if you are in the best shape of your life it's exciting to see what they are doing.  Not only are they helping out adults, but they are working to improve school lunches - which will make such a difference for children!  We're all very fortunate that LiveWell Colorado exists, it continues to help many Coloradans lead a healthier life. 

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