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SPA receives grant to encourage active residents

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FRISCO – Summit Prevention Alliance recently received a $124,786 grant to support programs and activities that encourage residents of Summit County to eat better and move more.The money came from LiveWell Colorado, a new partnership that is providing nearly $3 million dollars to communities to help reverse the state’s obesity trends and reduce related chronic diseases. Summit Prevention Alliance is one of 12 communities to receive funding under the initiative.”Good health is not achieved in clinical settings,” Elyse Jones, Summit Prevention Alliance community coordinator, said in a press release. “Instead, it happens in the places we live, work, learn and play – our communities. The LiveWell Colorado grant will enable Summit Prevention Alliance to promote and support healthy lifestyle choices in these environments.”Locally, the money will support a walking program, distribution of employee wellness materials and Summit County Cruisers, a weekly family biking event that will start this summer. “Our goal is to engage every sector of the community in creating opportunities for healthy eating and active living so that healthy lifestyles become a community norm,” Jones said in the release. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, obesity is the single greatest public health threat to the nation. Poor nutrition and lack of physical activity are the second leading preventable causes of death in the U.S. and Colorado. And while Colorado is among the leanest states, with 45.5 percent of adults being at a healthy weight, the prevalence of overweight and obesity here is rising in concert with national rates. As a result, a large portion of the population is at risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension and asthma. Studies show that 72 percent of Colorado’s children ages 5 to14 are physically active at least five or more hours a week, and nearly 29 percent are considered overweight or at risk of becoming overweight.For more information about this initiative, please visit http://www.livewellcolorado.com.


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