(Arvada, CO) – Arvada City Council will pass a proclamation on February 3 to join the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Cities & Towns Campaign of Colorado, further strengthening Arvada’s participation in the LiveWell Colorado Campaign and its commitment to the Healthy Places Grant Program.
The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign of Colorado, a partnership between LiveWell Colorado and the Colorado Municipal League (CML) provides training and technical assistance to help cities adopt policies that improve access to physical activities and healthy food.
The campaign will be used as a way of collecting best practices and technical assistance to help reduce and prevent obesity, and to ensure the efficient use of the Healthy Places Grant from the Colorado Health Foundation.
The HEAL Campaign is another effort toward fulfilling the City’s strategic goal of creating sustainable and vibrant communities. Healthier communities lead to healthier people which makes for a stronger workforce and a stronger city overall.
Toward this goal, Arvada is working on its Comprehensive Plan which includes implementing Safe Routes to School, supporting a partnership with the APEX Parks & Recreation District, creating bicycle and multi-use connections by integrating off-street and on-street networks to create safe corridors and supporting healthy food access through Sustain Arvada.
“Having and sustaining healthy neighborhoods is not something that is addressed with a single approach, but rather addressing the issues on many different fronts,” said Rose Chavez, Arvada’s Healthy Places Coordinator. “By tackling the issue in myriad ways, Arvada is creating an environment where healthy living is part of who we are and therefore becomes part of the community’s culture.”