In Good Health

The Colorado Health Foundation’s blog is designed to share perspectives, personal stories and what we are learning in our efforts to ensure that, across Colorado, each of us can say: “We have all we need to live healthy lives.”

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You can fit a whole neighborhood into a good home.

The kitchen is where the community gets fed. The study is where mom and dad get business done and keep the house going. The playroom is where the kids come to learn and grow. The garden nurtures everyone with health. And the porch is where people gather to talk about their triumphs and tragedies.

The Mental Health Center of Denver’s Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being was designed from the first brick to be a home that contained an entire neighborhood. Conceived and built with grant support from the Foundation and many other partners, Dahlia Campus combines a preschool, one-acre farm, dental care, aquaponics greenhouse, community kitchen, meeting space, and

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Behavioral Health
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When it comes to the meaning of health, we tend to think first and foremost about our physical health. For many of us, our health reflects what we consume, how much we move, how we prevent or manage a disease and what happens in the doctor's office.

For me, personally, health is so much more than simply not being sick. It encompasses our whole mind, body and spirit. As a mother, I really learned what this means when my son — who was only eight-years-old at the time — began experiencing anxiety. He was the first to acknowledge that he couldn't stop overthinking and worrying about things. He was also experiencing physical symptoms, such as digestive issues and hair loss,

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Behavioral Health
Foundation Evolution
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This year’s Colorado Health Symposium, in Keystone Aug. 2-4, is titled Let’s Talk About…Inequity. Inequity… Some are lucky enough to never experience it, while for others it’s a daily occurrence.

I once heard that everyone has a piece of the truth. That saying affected me and has been one of my core beliefs ever since. If you want to get the truth, you have to talk to as many people as possible to get their piece or you end up with an incomplete truth.

My truth about experiencing health inequity is something I will never forget. I was a new mother, in the process of finalizing the adoption of my two kids. Before the adoptions were final, both

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Health Equity

On a bright winter morning in Westminster, elementary school kids are screaming happily as they swing, run, chase, pull and push across every square inch of a cheery, fall-forgiving playground.

The up-to-date action environment in Metz Elementary’s yard is a friendly giant looming over the children in school-bus yellow and grape-purple. This 9:30 a.m. recess shows school kids doing exactly what they are supposed to do: burning off calories and dissipating nervous energy before their next classroom focus.

But a recent statewide assessment of school physical activity, sponsored in part by the Foundation, shows in stark terms that these frenetic, successful moments at schools like Metz are all too rare across Colorado. Our kids need school-based physical education and

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Physical Education