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LiveWell Wheat Ridge Site Visit


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LiveWell Wheat Ridge Site Visit

  1. 1. LiveWell Wheat Ridge LiveWell Colorado Site Visit December 19, 2011 10:30am – 2pm Colorado PTA Board Room
  2. 2. LWWR - Creating Healthy Places
  3. 3. Creating Healthy Places
  4. 4. <ul><li>LiveWell Wheat Ridge (LWWR) is one of 22 Colorado communities funded by LiveWell Colorado working to reduce and prevent childhood and adult obesity . LiveWell Wheat Ridge is a partnership of community stakeholders to create an environment and culture which supports healthy eating and active living (HEAL) to reduce the impact of obesity in Wheat Ridge. We accomplish this through supporting Wheat Ridge programs, policies and changes to the physical environment and community infrastructure . </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Focus on policy change, environmental enhancements and enhanced planning processes in two sectors: active community environments and food systems </li></ul><ul><li>Use evidence-informed practices </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize a coalition approach </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on disparately affected communities </li></ul>
  6. 6. LiveWell Wheat Ridge Coalition Leadership Committee Access to Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Taskforce Active Community Environments Taskforce
  7. 7. Assembling a Multi-Disciplinary Coalition <ul><li>WR Residents </li></ul><ul><li>Exempla Lutheran Medical Center </li></ul><ul><li>Kaiser Wheat Ridge </li></ul><ul><li>The City of Wheat Ridge </li></ul><ul><li>Jefferson Conservation District </li></ul><ul><li>Bicycle Wheat Ridge </li></ul><ul><li>Wheat Ridge Police Department </li></ul><ul><li>Jeffco Public Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Wheat Ridge 2020 </li></ul><ul><li>Wheat Ridge Employers </li></ul><ul><li>CSU Extension </li></ul><ul><li>Community Based Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Faith Communities </li></ul>
  8. 8. Active Community Environments (ACE) Partnership of city staff, community members, organizations, schools working to implement policies, strategies and projects to increase active community environments in Wheat Ridge
  9. 9. Past / Present/ Future <ul><li>Formed May 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Meets monthly </li></ul><ul><li>Promote and spread healthy community design practices </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse membership </li></ul>
  10. 10. Existing Challenges = Future Opportunities
  11. 11. LWWR ACE Projects <ul><li>Phase 2 and 3 of Wheat Ridge Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan – Completion and adoption; advocating for funding </li></ul><ul><li>Wheat Ridge Mixed Use Zoning Ordinance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provided comments on draft </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funded public comment Website </li></ul></ul><ul><li>38 th Avenue Corridor Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provided funding for Community Input Sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Served on Staff Group and Stakeholder Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocated for successful adoption of the plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support transition and installation of Leadership Team </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provided comments during the Streetscape Design Manual review process </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Funded Highlands West and South Adult Fitness Stations </li></ul><ul><li>Smart Growth Conference Attendance – sent a team from WR in 2010 and 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Safe Routes to School and Walk to School Day </li></ul><ul><li>Bike to Work Day </li></ul><ul><li>Carnation Festival Bike Parade </li></ul><ul><li>Two Walking Assessments </li></ul>LWWR ACE Projects
  13. 13. LWWR ACE Projects <ul><li>Develop Plan Review </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wadsworth and 44 th – Mixed Use Site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear Creek Crossing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metro Community Provider Network site at 29 th and Wadsworth </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Access to Fresh Fruits & Veggies <ul><li>National Trend / Paradigm Shift </li></ul>
  15. 15. Urban Agriculture <ul><li>Emerging trend in planning and community development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighborhood revitalization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community cohesion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical and mental health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food security </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Excitement in Wheat Ridge A “growing” interest in community-based agriculture throughout Wheat Ridge
  17. 17. Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Task Force <ul><li>Meets monthly (indoor & outdoor meetings) </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the creation of local food systems to increase healthy food access </li></ul><ul><li>Conducted the WR Healthy Foods Assessment to better understand the eating and growing habits of individuals who live, eat, recreate, work or go to school in Wheat Ridge </li></ul>
  18. 18. AFFV Task Force Accomplishments <ul><li>December 6 2010 Study Session on Urban Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Residential Zoning / Urban Agriculture Guide </li></ul><ul><li>(January 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Provided input on the WR Zoning Code Amendment Process (May 2011) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Improving Food Systems and Food Choices <ul><li>Acquiring additional community gardening spaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools – PV, WRHS, Stevens, WRMS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlands West and South </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health care organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Denver Urban Gardening Training </li></ul><ul><li>Examine and address food insecurity in Wheat Ridge, e.g. Summer Feeding Program </li></ul><ul><li>Support Jeffco Public Schools on increasing healthy food options in cafeterias </li></ul>
  20. 20. Additional Efforts <ul><li>Support Jeffco Public Schools (JPS) standardize school garden procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Member of the JPS District Health Advisory Council </li></ul><ul><li>Provide individual support to JPS WR schools participating in the Healthy Schools Project </li></ul><ul><li>Support community organizations to increase their resources and capacity to integrate healthy eating and active living into their strategic priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Participate on Jeffco JeffTAAG, Local Coordinating Council, etc. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Next Steps for LiveWell Wheat Ridge <ul><li>Grow task force membership; share leadership/facilitation with WR residents or agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Greater focus on neighborhoods, low income and older adults </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for two-years of funding from LiveWell Colorado Community Investment initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Exploration of models to sustain the movement over the next five years and beyond </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li> </li></ul>To learn more about Live Well Wheat Ridge and Live Well Colorado please check out our website