To address these concerns, Children’s Colorado will focus on three major areas of prevention and health promotion:
- Goal 1: Educate and empower families across the lifecycle with the skills and information they need to make behavior changes that support a healthy lifestyle
- Goal 2: Improve access to healthy foods and physical activity for children and their families, particularly in underserved communities
- Goal 3: Advance the field of childhood obesity research through collaboration and dissemination
Bikes for Life
Bikes For Life encourages Colorado youth to develop healthy habits and a lifelong commitment to wellness through bicycling. Bikes For Life advocates for healthier kids in three ways:
- Using bikes to encourage physical activity
- Providing ongoing skills and education services
- Conducting research.
Peak Champions: Summer Camp Program
Peak Champions addresses accelerated summer weight gain in youth. It is a weeklong program for underserved, low-income youth that incorporates activities and curriculum from existing programs to engage youth in continuous physical activity while learning about goal setting, teamwork, nutrition and healthy lifestyles. The campers are exposed to a variety of physical activities and hands-on cooking lessons throughout the week as they earn points toward reaching their goal.
Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters
Children’s Hospital Colorado coordinates Cooking Matters courses in the community. Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters course goals are:
- To improve the nutrition knowledge, eating habits, cooking skills, food safety practices, and food resource management skills of people at risk of hunger so they can better provide for themselves and their families.
- To provide chefs, nutritionists and other community members with an outlet to get involved in their communities and to share their skills with people who can benefit from them.
Bringing healthy habits to the community
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Resource Institute Pipeline-to-Proposal Award (PCORI) provides Children's Colorado with the exciting opportunity to work with families and our partners in the community to understand how we can more effectively support low-income Hispanic families in achieving a healthy weight in children under the age of five.