Health Promotion Division at Denver Public Health
The mission of the Health Promotion Division (HPD) of Denver Public Health is to make sustainable changes that achieve optimal health by investing in Denver communities. The HPD provides population level services which further our efforts to prevent chronic diseases and unintentional injuries, and to promote maternal, child and youth health. We accomplish our goals by leading collaborative changes in policy, systems and environments that result in improved health and by responding innovatively with programs that meet community needs. The HPD has a strong commitment to community involvement in order to achieve health equity in the Denver metro area.
Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL)
The LiveWell West Denver/Westside Healthy Exercise and Nutrition (WHEN) coalition and the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program collaborate with many community groups and organizations to promote and improve healthy eating and safe environments for active living in the Denver neighborhoods of Barnum, Barnum West, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax and Westwood.
Denver is shifting the environment to support healthy eating, active living and prevent childhood obesity in West Denver with support from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's national program, "Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities". Check out this video that highlights some of the Denver Partnership's accomplishments during the grant period.
Current HEAL projects include:
- Coordinating Safe Routes to Schools so children can walk and bike to school safely
- Working with community and school gardens to grow and offer fresh fruits and vegetables
- Supporting the promotion of breastfeeding for healthy babies
- Encouraging hospitals to offer healthy food choices
- Expanding healthy food access by promoting incentives that attract grocery stores
- Encouraging zoning for urban agriculture, community gardens and healthy corner stores
- Working with Denver Public Works to create pedestrian and bike-friendly streets
- Developing trail networks that connect parks and neighborhoods in Southwest Denver