Healthy Eating Active Living
HEALthy Wheat Ridge connects community members with opportunities to increase healthy eating and active living right here in Wheat Ridge. Everyone is invited to participate in a variety of activities including events, screenings, and education with a different focus each quarter.
In 2014, the City joined LiveWell Colorado 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 HEAL activities from 2018: HEAL Video
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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.
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
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
Whole Foods donated a bike repair station located at the Kipling West Traihead.
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
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.
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.
STEPS to Participate
1. Register for Healthy Wheat Ridge Events click here.
2. Print a Healthy Wheat Ridge Rack Card and Points Card click here.
3. Participate - click the Healthy WR Events tab to view the calendar. Earn a HEALthy Point for each activity you complete.
4. Win Prizes - Every time you turn in a Point Card to the Recreation Center or Active Adult Center with 4 completed activities, you are entered to win quarterly prizes.
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If you would like additional information or have an interest in joining the HEAL Committee, contact Matt Anderson, Parks & Recreation Analyst at or 303-231-1307.