Live Well Colorado
LiveWell’s mission, vision, goals, and values are grounded in an understanding that not all Coloradans have equal access and opportunities to be healthy due to policies, environments, and systems that perpetuate inequalities by income, place, and race.
Therefore, LiveWell focuses on changing these systems to create opportunities for health and wellness in partnership with communities and individuals who face systemic and institutional barriers to a healthy lifestyle: low-income communities and people of color in urban, suburban, and rural parts of our state.
LiveWell Colorado (LWC) began as an outgrowth of The Colorado Physical Activity and Nutrition Program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). It became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2008 with a mission of reducing obesity and promoting healthy nutrition in Colorado. In its first year, LiveWell Colorado sought to bring greater coordination and consistency to statewide efforts to reduce obesity. Due to the program’s demonstrated effectiveness, Kaiser Permanente awarded a $16 million grant to then establish LiveWell as an independent nonprofit organization.
Throughout LiveWell’s 10 year history, the organization has evolved from being one that promotes healthy behaviors and environments through community grantmaking and coordinated marketing campaigns to one that specifically focuses policies, programs, promotions, and partnerships on removing barriers to healthy eating and active living for low-income communities and people of color in Colorado.