Healthy Eating Active Living

In 2014, the City joined LiveWell Colorado's Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities & Towns Campaign to encourage and support healthy opportunities and choices for members of the Wheat Ridge community.

Check out all the fun activities from this year's HEAL campaign: HEAL Video

Press Releases

City Achieves Elite Status in LiveWell Colorado's HEAL Campaign

HEAL Committee Members

Joyce Manwaring - City of Wheat Ridge
Matt Anderson - City of Wheat Ridge
Janeece Hoppe - Wheat Ridge City Council
Krista Lewis - Localworks
Chuck Alt - Lutheran Medical Center
Lindsay Reinert - Lutheran Medical Center
Ian Livingston-Canerio - Jefferson County Public Library
Marion Kalb - Jefferson County Public Health
Rachel Holtin - Active Transportation Advisory Team
Laurie Hanselman - Colorado Senior Connections
Amanda Weaver - Five Fridges Farm
Rosalind May - Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market
Theresa Young - Kaiser Permanente

Mayor Bud and Rachel Hultin Walk Crown Hill with Heart Healthy Wheat Ridge

HEAL Projects

Active Living Month

Prompted 19 free healthy activities in June and engaged partners to ensure robust participation, maximum impact and program exposure. Over 300 people visited the HEAL booth at these activities.

Activate 38

Roll, Stroll, and Strut Fest took place on October 7th and included a pop-up bike lane, ciclovia, and games.

Localworks received a grant from Kaiser Permanente to assess and implement walking, biking, and wheelchair use along 38th Avenue (west of Kipling St.).

After School Sports

Free after school sports programs at Kullerstrand and Stephens Elementary Schools

Heart Healthy Week

More than 500 points of participation were counted at 17 free heart healthy activities from Feb. 19-23, 2018

HEAL booth at PIP
Park at City Hall

ADA Transition Plan

The ADA Transition Plan was adopted by City Council in October 2017.

Bike Ped Master Plan

The Bike Pedestrian Master Plan was adopted by City Council in July 2017

Jeffco Public Health Grant

The Parks and Recreation Department was awarded grants:
  • Outdoor fitness equipment at Hayward Park
  • Pergola and fruit trees at Happiness Gardens
  • Bike repair station along Clear Creek Trail

Water Fill Stations

The Active Adult Center installed 3 new water bottle fill stations.

Bike Repair Station

Bike Repair Station

Whole Foods donated a bike repair station located at the Kipling West Traihead.

Healthy Vending

The Parks and Recreation Department conducted a healthy vending assessment with Jefferson County Public Health.

No Smoking Signs

Installed at various facilities, parks and open spaces to remind people that as of October 2015, Wheat Ridge ordinance #1584 makes the following areas smoke and vapor-free:
  • Parks, trails, open spaces, sports fields and other recreation areas
  • Public transit waiting areas, bus stops, shelters, and lightrail platforms
  • Indoor areas of businesses and facilities open to the public
  • 15 foot perimeter around main building and facility entrances
No Smoking Sign
Park Sign

Park Signs

42 wayfinding signs were installed to encourage people to walk to their favorite park.

Prospect Park Renovation

The Parks and Recreation Department received a Jeffco Local Government Grant in the amount of $360,000 for Phase 1 of the renovation.

Sunscreen Dispensers

The Parks and Recreation Department has been awarded two battery operated sunscreen dispensers and two free cases of sunscreen from the Melanoma Foundation of New England for community use. One is located at Discovery Park (available year round) and the other will be place at Anderson Pool prior to the 2017 summer season. With a regulated 1 ml does of Bright Guard Sport SPF 30 sunscreen per application, users can quickly apply the proper amount of sunscreen and continue playing. The sunscreen dispensers will be serviced by the Parks and Recreation Department. If sunscreen is not being dispensed, please call 303-231-1307 to report.
Sunscreen Dispenser at Discovery Park


If you would like additional information or have an interest in joining the HEAL Committee, you may contact Matt Anderson, Parks & Recreation Analyst at or 303-231-1307.