Health and Wellness Initiative

Dozens Honored at Stapleton Foundation Healthy Living Awards

For more than a decade, the Stapleton Foundation’s be well Health and Wellness Initiative has been at the forefront of efforts to support healthy lifestyle changes in our community. Programs generated by be well have resulted in residents being more informed about how to lead healthy lives and advocate for increased access to healthy living resources. Now in its 7th year, be well again recognized the special individuals in our community who have gone above and beyond in efforts to expand the healthy living message at this year’s be well Awards and Community Celebration.

As with previous years, civic and business leaders were on hand to lend their support. Colorado Health Foundation President and CEO Karen McNeil-Miller served as the keynote, while Councilman Christopher Herndon, State Senator Angela Williams, Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore and Director of Parks, Recreation and Open Space for the City of Aurora Tom Barrett all offered healthy living comments and congratulatory remarks focused on the honorees. In all, more than 400 people attended the annual ceremony with former Denver Bronco running back Reggie Rivers again serving as the master of ceremonies.

 This year, along with dozens of youth and adults receiving Block Captain program completion certificates, new communities from the Asian Pacific Development Center and Steamboat Springs were celebrated for starting Block Captain programs. be well Block Captains are residents and community stakeholders who are “on-the-ground” to provide a trusted hand in helping their family, friends and neighbors lead healthy lives.  Additional individual health advocates who were nominated and honored with recognition in specific leadership categories included:

Ann E. White - Legacy Award
Jennifer Seward - Nutrition Leadership Award 
Su Baw - Community Advocate of the Year Award 
Kevin McKenzie - Physical Activity Leadership Award
Kendra Collings - Preventative Care Leadership Award
Jennifer Taylor - Community Service Award