by Cindy Campbell
HUERFANO — LiveWell Colorado understands that tackling our state’s obesity epidemic calls for true collaboration, commitment and cooperation. This means sharing existing healthy eating and active living (HEAL) information and resources with communities. Without a doubt, there is a huge amount of HEAL information out there already; however, it is not always so easy to track down the most relevant examples, case studies or best practices.
That changed recently, when LiveWell Colorado, with the support of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and LiveWell Colorado Communities, developed and launched the HEAL Library – a searchable, online collection of codes, ordinances, resolutions, policies and other tools to help communities create environments that support access to healthy eating and active living. The HEAL Library is designed to be an easily accessible tool that enables community leaders, advocates, agency staff and local elected officials to search for content on a specific topic related to their community.
Are you interested in laws about community gardens or bike path policies in other Colorado towns? If so, the HEAL Library can provide you with appropriate examples to help inform and shape your ideas for promoting healthy living in Huerfano County.
With emphasis on the most relevant and ground-breaking examples for promoting HEAL, the Library provides model language for policy action at the local level, with a primary focus on Colorado communities. Learn more about the HEAL Library and other LiveWell resources by visiting www.livewellcolorado.org/heallibrary. If you would like more information about this valuable resource or the LiveWell Health Partner Coalition, call Cindy at 738-5200.