State Appoints 12 Members to Colorado”s First Food Systems Advisory Council

The Council will work across diverse sectors to develop food system recommendations that state and local governments, businesses, agriculture and consumers can use to improve healthy food access in Colorado. The members and the organization or interest they represent include:

“Nearly 55 percent of Colorado adults and a quarter of our children are overweight or obese. If trends continue, only 35 percent of Coloradans will be a healthy weight by 2017,” said Maren C. Stewart, president and CEO of LiveWell Colorado. “Developing a sustainable food system that provides Coloradans with greater access to fresh, healthy food is a key element in slowing this alarming trend and making Colorado a healthier state.”

“The seating of this council is a significant step toward the development of a more robust and resilient food system for Colorado,” said Senator Bacon. “We are hopeful that this council will help address and eliminate the food access roadblocks that are preventing thousands of Coloradans – particularly those in lower-income communities – from maintaining a healthy diet.”

“This council will benefit Coloradans in every part of the state by improving their access to fresh, nutritional food, provided by local farmers and ranchers,” said Representative Looper. “Ultimately, we seek to not only educate, but also inspire citizens to choose healthier food choices that in turn will lead to healthier lives.”