Friday, August 29, 2014

Diabetes Prevention Program: CAAH New Class Schedules

Live Well 4 Life Diabetes Prevention Program

FREE classes* starting this fall in your neighborhood- contact Michele Duvall at (303) 355- 3423 ext. 113 to register or for additional program information.

*Hosted by the Center for African American Health

Schedule of New Classes

Sept. 6, 2014 - June 13, 2015
Saturdays at 10:00 AM
East Boulder Community Center
5660 Sioux Drive Boulder, Colorado 80303

Sept. 23, 2014  - June 23, 2015
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Denver, CO 80205

Sept. 25, 2014  - June 25, 2015
Thursdays at 10:00 AM
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Denver, CO 80205

Sept. 30, 2014  - June 2, 2015
Tuesdays at 10:00 AM
Tri-County Health Department -Altura Building
15400 E. 14th Place Aurora, CO 80011

About the Diabetes Prevention Program:

People who lose just 5 –7% of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for someone weighing 200 pounds) greatly reduce their risk of developing diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program helps them reach this goal by eating healthier and increasing physical activity to a 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

Taught by trained lifestyle coaches, this 16-week program includes weekly sessions on nutrition and physical activity, such as how to read food labels, how to develop and maintain a healthy diet, and how to deal with stress without overeating. 

To learn more about the Center for African American Health,  visit or call (303) 355-3423.

Save the Date: Annual Prostate and Men's Health Day

Annual Prostate and Men's Health Day

Hosted by the Center for African American Health
September 27, 2014
At the Inner City Health Center
3800 York St., Denver, CO 80205
9am- 2:30pm

FREE Screenings: Prostate DRE/PSA, glucose, blood pressure, body composition, and the flu shot clinic. 

Join Center for African American Health for a special national athlete guest appearance and pro-boxing “walk down memory lane” movies.  No appointment necessary. 

Also, sign up with the Center for upcoming Mental Health First Aid USA training, Patient Navigator training, A Matter of BalanceDiabetes Self-management, the Live Well 4 Life Diabetes Prevention Program, Weigh and Win; and Connect for Health CO.

For information visit or call (303) 355-3423.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

El Paso County Health names new director

The El Paso County Board of Health on Tuesday unanimously appointed Dan Martindale to the position of El Paso County Public Health Director. 

Martindale served as the interim public health director since July 2014 following the departure of Public Health Director Jill Law. Law served as director from 2012-14. Martindale was previously the agency’s deputy director, and has more than 30 years of experience in public health and non-profit management.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the Board of Health, our highly skilled staff, as well as expanding our community partnerships to meet the public health needs of El Paso County residents,” Martindale said.
He holds a Masters in Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and has held numerous management and director level positions with El Paso County Public Health in his nearly 20 years with the agency.

“With more than 30 years of experience in public health, Mr. Martindale is not only highly skilled but also a demonstrated community leader. His leadership and experience will support the agency’s mission and vision, and we are very pleased to welcome him to this new role,” said Kari Kilroy, president of the Board of Health.

What Works in Colorado: Healthy Eating in Alamosa

Over the past two years, Alamosa County Public Health Department has worked to improve the health of children and families through a partnership with Alamosa School District, Sangre de Cristo School District, National Jewish and San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center. 

Their collective work has focused on asthma and healthy eating and active living education, activities and referrals for school-age children and their families. 

One component of their partnership included the development of a community garden for use by program participants. Each family was given charge of a small plot and was able to choose what they wanted to plant. They had control over the maintenance and harvest of their plot and produced squash, zucchini, pumpkins, radishes, leafy greens and peas. This garden activity supplements healthy eating and active living programming in the area and provides a hands-on experience for community members who plant, care for and harvest healthy vegetables. In 2014, twenty-three people completed the program. 

To find out more about the project, contact Valerie Hagedorn at or at 719-587-5768.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Register by August 29- Colorado Coalition for Healthy Schools meeting

The next Colorado Coalition for Healthy Schools (CCHS) meeting is on Friday, September 5, 2014 from 8:30-3:30 at the SpringHill Suites located at 1190 Auraria Parkway, Denver, Colorado 80204 (across from the Pepsi Center). 

The afternoon will now include more information about how to participate in the Healthy Schools Collective Impact work. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Anyone interested in school health is welcome to participate.

Register at this link by Friday, August 29 at noon

Please contact Pam Hitt ( if you have any questions.

Meeting objectives and agenda: 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Colorado Health Foundation announces youth physical activity grants

The Colorado Health Foundation announces the opening of a new funding opportunity within our Healthy Living outcome area. In Healthy Living, the focus is to ensure every kid in Colorado has the opportunity to eat healthy and engage in physical activity.

Outcome Area: Healthy Living
Strategy: Create healthy communities where it is easy to access affordable, healthy food and safe, affordable options for physical activity for kids.
Program Area: Ensure that communities have activated, quality indoor and outdoor infrastructure that encourages kids to be physically active.
Funding Opportunity: Out-of-School Time Physical Activity
The goal of this funding opportunity is to provide high quality, structured physical activity in out-of-school time settings. Specifically, we are interested in receiving proposals for: implementation or enhancement of quality, structured physical activity opportunities in out-of-school settings (school- or community-based programs). To be considered for funding, applicants must meet specific criteria and associated measurable results.

Open Deadlines: October 2014, February 2015, June 2015
Get more information about these funding opportunities at an upcoming applicant information webinarYou can also learn more about recently announced changes to the Foundation's goals, strategies and grantmaking approach.