The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Committee looks at city policies that make it easier for Northglenn residents to live a healthier lifestyle.
The committee currently meets once a month in City Hall, 11701 Community Center Drive
The city formed the committee after joining the HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign in the fall of 2014. This program is a partnership between LiveWell Colorado and the Colorado Municipal League (CML), which provides training and technical assistance to achieve the goals of HEAL.
Food Access Assessment
Diet is a significant contributor (or protective factor) to many chronic diseases, including obesity and other health outcomes. Food environments and community characteristics interact to influence food choices and dietary quality. As result, communities are now examining their food environments to determine if there is opportunity to improve access to healthy foods through public policy.
In January 2015, LiveWell Colorado HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to all Campaign participants to work with a food policy consultant on a food assessment. Northglenn responded to the RFP and was one of two municipalities selected for the project.
The Northglenn assessment aims to help address the following primary questions:
- What elements of Northglenn’s food environment provide which residents with healthy food that they choose to eat?
- What is missing from Northglenn’s food environment that could positively influence healthy food consumption?
- What role can the city play to advance access to and consumption of healthy foods?