Futurism, leadocracy and nanosecond culture were just a few of the big terms and even bigger ideas discussed during the TEDxMileHigh Values & Instincts event at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on this past Saturday. The annual event welcomed approximately 2,000 curious minds from across the Denver metro area. From more traditional leaders like Roxane White, who serves as chief of staff to Governor John Hickenlooper, to promising stars such as Easton Lachappelle who is tackling the challenges of prosthetics and wireless robotics at the ripe old age of 17, the day did not disappoint.
I participated in the first half of the event and came away inspired, but also a bit numb. In the moment, it all seems possible that “love” is the only “currency” we need to solve our problems both big and small. And sometimes I do experience the realities of “scarcity” in our community that cannot only be solved with “reciprocity” alone. (Yes, this is oversimplifying of few of host Tim O’Neill’s quick references.) So in reality, what are actionable next steps for a committed citizen?
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Rosie in A PLACE AT THE TABLE, a Magnolia Pictures release. Rosie is from Collburn, Colo. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
I’m one of those people. I see a documentary, get excited about the cause, swear I’m going to do something to help, and then move on to the next item on my to do list and forget to spread the word about the issue. Not this time…
Thanks to Hunger Free Colorado, I had the opportunity to preview the documentary, “A Place at the Table,” which opened nationwide on March 1. It was alarming to learn that while the United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, 50 million Americans do not know where their next meal is coming from.
As someone who is passionate about healthy eating and active living, the real eye opener for me was the link between food insecurity (hunger) and childhood obesity. But when you stop to think about it, it makes perfect sense. Children who don’t have access to food – especially healthy food – are likely to eat unhealthy food without proper nutrients. And the childhood obesity rates in the U.S. are alarming! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: more than one third of American children and adolescents in 2010 were overweight or obese. Something has to be done to stop this epidemic.
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Lauren Cook is attending this year’s The Colorado Health Symposium “Health Equity: Bridging the Divides.” In the first discovery session about Food Deserts, a correlation was drawn between a community’s access to healthy food options and its overall health.
Not surprisingly, there’s a direct connection between the type of food being sold in a neighborhood and the neighborhood’s health. Access to fresh, diverse, and healthy food is a challenge for many Americans. With better access to healthy food comes better eating, better health and a critical lowering of our country’s obesity rate.
The Colorado Health Symposium is presented by our client, The Colorado Health Foundation, and runs through Friday, July 27. To watch a live stream of the event, click here.
To read more of Lauren’s story,check out the Symposium’s blog.