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Nov 1, 2015 - Arvada Achieves Fit Status in HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign

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Nivember 1, 2015, Arvada, CO – The City of Arvada has achieved another milestone in the LiveWell Colorado HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign. By adopting new policies in three of the Campaign’s focus areas aimed at improving access to healthy eating and active living (HEAL),  Arvada has increased its status in the Campaign from “Active” to “Fit”.

The Campaign recognizes four levels of participation for HEAL Cities & Towns: Eager, Active, Fit, and Elite. As municipalities implement additional HEAL policies, they reach higher stages of recognition within the Campaign. The City of Arvada started the Campaign in February 2014 at the “Active” level, which is designated for those cities or towns that have at least one healthy eating and active living policy on their books before joining the Campaign. Now, by adopting one new policy in each of the Campaign’s policy areas—Active Community, Healthy Food Access and Healthy Workplace—Arvada has moved up to the “Fit” level.

Arvada has adopted the following policies to meet the criteria for the Campaign’s “Fit” level:

  • The integration of health into the 2014 Comprehensive Plan Update, which will provide citizens with increased access to healthy food and opportunities for active living
  • Awarded a lease to Pioneer Farmsteaders that will provide citizens with increased access to healthy food through a farm on city owned land located in proximity to Majestic View Nature Center
  • A wellness policy that incentivizes City employees  with paid leave for attending wellness classes

 “Citizen health has always been a focus for us,” said Mark Deven, Arvada City Manager.  “Our participation in the LiveWell HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign has been a great way for us to focus on greater connectivity, access to parks and recreation as well as local food for all Arvada residents and city employees.”

 

About the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign of Colorado

The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign of Colorado is designed to foster local government policies that improve access to healthy eating and active living (HEAL) in communities throughout Colorado. The Campaign is a partnership between LiveWell Colorado, a nonprofit organization committed to preventing and reducing obesity in Colorado by promoting healthy eating and active living; and the Colorado Municipal League, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has served and represented Colorado's cities and towns since 1923. The goal of the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign of Colorado is to help build healthier communities and support local leaders in their commitment to address a city’s physical and fiscal health.

For more information about the Campaign, visit livewellcolorado.org/healcampaign or contact Julie George, director of the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign of Colorado, at 720-353-4120 or juliegeorge@livewellcolorado.org.

For more information about LiveWell Colorado, visit livewellcolorado.org, “like” LiveWell Colorado on Facebook and “follow” @livewellco on Twitter.