LiveWell Northwest Colorado

This monthly column about health issues publishes on Mondays in the Steamboat Today.

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LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Feeding a community

According to research from Feeding America, approximately 3,030 Routt County residents, or 13 percent, are food insecure. Each year, 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is thrown away.

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Livewell Northwest Colorado: Fighting food insecurity in Routt County

Many of our neighbors, co-workers and friends here in Routt County do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. They are food insecure.

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Livewell Northwest Colorado: It takes a community

Despite Steamboat’s epic winters, the more I talk with people in this community, the more I think spring is one of the most popular seasons in the Yampa Valley.

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Livewell Northwest Colorado: Visit family friendly Farmers Market

One of my all-time favorite things to do with my kids during the summer is visit the weekly Saturday Farmers Market.

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Livewell Northwest Colorado: Food recovery effort take hold in Yampa Valley

The issue of food waste doesn’t start in our refrigerator. It is complex and occurs along every step of the food chain.

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Livewell Northwest Colorado: You are what you eat

Kids are pretty good at identifying which foods are good for them and which are not. However, when it comes to selecting which foods to eat, kids generally opt for what they already know that they like. Telling kids about how foods go to work in different parts of their bodies can be a good strategy to get them to try new healthy foods.

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Livewell Northwest Colorado: Best thing I ever ate

Whether you live to eat, or eat to live, food is necessary and a significant part of our daily life. The choices we make in what we eat not only have obvious implications for our health, but also impact our environment, economy and community in general.

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Kids' questions about hydration

In response to a recent study, which revealed that 84 percent of children start the school day in a state of mild dehydration, as well as local anecdotal evidence supporting this statistic, wellness efforts in the Hayden and South Routt School Districts have included a focus on hydration.0

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Now that's food service

Where do you go if you need food in Routt County? Where do you go if you want to learn how to garden at high elevations, how to buy local food, how to eat healthy, how to teach your child where their food comes from, how to make our food economy more sustainable and how to learn about food rescue and what to do with food waste?

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: SNAP Challenge more challenging than expected

Last month, I wrote an article inviting the community to take the SNAP challenge for up to seven days with my husband and me. The challenge was to consume no more than $4.50 worth of food or beverages per person per day.

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: There is such a thing as a free lunch

When was the last time you had a school lunch? I have memories of “mystery” meats, gloppy potatoes and jello — not super appetizing to look at or eat. That is not the experience you would have if you ate in the cafeterias of any school district in Routt County.

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Choice food and food choice

We are fortunate to have Lift-Up of Routt County, which provides emergency food assistance to almost 2,000 individuals each year at its three sites (Hayden, South Routt and Steamboat Springs). Thanks to the generous support of our community (churches, grocers, individuals), their food bank shelves stay stocked.

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Value your dinner

It's worth the effort to cook at home versus eating out.

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Value your lunch

Nutrition and price add up to the real cost of fast food.

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LiveWell Northwest Colorado boosts healthy eating and exercise in local schools

Sometimes all it takes is a taste test to change the eating habits of a picky child, or open their mind to a new food or new way to prepare an old one.

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