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City's Healthy Places Coordinator Recognized as "Public Health Champion"

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March 23, 2016, Arvada, CO……..Rose Chavez, Healthy Places Coordinator for the City of Arvada, has been named a “Public Health Champion” by the Jefferson County Public Health Department.

Each year, during National Public Health Week (April 4 – 10, 2016), Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) honors people who help make Jefferson County a healthier place.  Rose Chavez was specifically recognized for Increasing Physical Activity through the Built Environment. 

In their press release, JCPH described the City’s Healthy Places Initiative as follows: 

“This three-year initiative, funded by the Colorado Health Foundation, began in the Spring of 2013 and is being led by a stakeholder committee made up of a mix of community residents, city staff, Jeffco Schools,  businesses and faith leaders.  The initiative is working to increase healthy communities in three neighborhoods in Arvada and will focus on community engagement and community-driven approaches to select infrastructure improvements in a variety of settings.  The Healthy Places Initiative will help Arvada improve access and connectivity to a variety of important destinations, making it easier to walk, bike, play and engage in daily activities that encourage movement and connection with the community.  Arvada and its partners are successfully integrating health into a variety of planning documents to ensure healthy community design, programs, and infrastructure changes are sustained and encouraged.  Congratulations to Rose Chavez and the City of Arvada for your contribution to the public’s health in 2015.  Rose is also an active member of the Jefferson County Health Improvement Network’s Active Living Coalition.”

City Manager Mark Deven stated, “We could not have a more dedicated or passionate advocate for healthy living in Arvada than Rose Chavez.  She has made a significant impact in our community and is very deserving of this recognition.”