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Green Leaf Away!

Here’s a recipe for leadership: take a group of kids eager to learn and teach them community engagement skills. Add some passion for a particular cause or group of causes, and you create social change from the ground up. There are organizations all over the country that are taking youth engagement models and creating young […]

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Fairview Elementary Breakfast in the Classroom

For school staff in Denver looking for a veteran, after-the-bell breakfast program to observe, Fairview Elementary is the place! This ECE-5 school has been offering Breakfast in the Classroom to its students for 11 years. For the first ten of those, staff delivered breakfasts to three floors, without an elevator! Another notable aspect of their […]

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Fighting for a Place at the Table: Ending Hunger in Colorado—and America

A few weeks ago I attended a viewing for A Place at the Table, a documentary that provides a personal view of the more than 49 million Americans who face food security issues. One of the featured stories involves a fifth-grader named Rosie from Collbran, Colo. More specifically, the film speaks to the hardships faced […]

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Happy National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month (NNM) and this year’s theme is “Get Your Plate In Shape”! In order to “Get Your Plate in Shape”, Americans are encouraged to: Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Switch to low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Make at least half your grains whole grains. Vary your lean protein choices; […]

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Great Value – Great For You

In response to point three of Walmart’s Healthier Food Initiative and the Institute of Medicine’s Front-of-Package (FOP) Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols report released last fall, Walmart unveiled their “Great For You” icon.  The label will enable consumers to easily identify and select healthy food items found amongst Great Value and Marketside brands in Walmart […]

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Nutritious, delicious, and out of reach – too many families in Colorado cannot afford fresh produce

DENVER – Most people know that fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals. They are sweet, crunchy, juicy, and refreshing. Adults are generally advised to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily to ensure proper nutrition and a healthy weight. But have you ever noticed that fresh fruits and vegetables aren’t […]

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Obesity: A Form of Malnutrition

Often overlooked due to its paradoxical nature, the co-existence of obesity and malnutrition is becoming more prevalent across the nation and the world. Once thought of only as a high-income country disease, obesity has entrenched itself in low-income, urban settings including many developing countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) children in financially disadvantaged […]

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