Health and Wellness Initiative


Do you live in the be well Northwest Aurora Zone?

Find out how people just like you are making themselves and their neighborhood healthier – right in Northwest Aurora!

The be well Northwest Aurora Coalition is a group of residents that work with our neighbors, organization leaders, business leaders, school representatives, city officials and others on projects that create a healthier neighborhood. The be well Northwest Aurora Coalition has staff support through The Stapleton Foundation.

Join us by contacting:

Cindy Barajas  
Northwest Aurora Project Manager
Stapleton Foundation, be well Health & Wellness Initiative 
303.468.3232 direct

The goal of be well Northwest Aurora is to make our neighborhood a place where affordable, healthy food is available, and where there are plenty of places where we can be physically active. The be well Northwest Aurora Coalition is a community partnership that works to provide Northwest Aurora residents with easy access to healthy living options. Together, the partners create or inform health-related projects, programs, and policy changes.

The Coalition is comprised of a group of residents and organization leaders working with our neighbors, non-profit and business leaders, school representatives, city officials, and others on projects that create a healthier neighborhood.

Moorhead Project

Imagine a community gathering place where neighbors & health connect.

Moorhead Recreation Center is important to its community and some improvements to Moorhead have been steadily achieved through the partnership between be well Northwest Aurora and the City of Aurora. Together, we have been able to enhance the activity level for youth by adding four square courts and new tether ball poles and a brand new kitchen area for nutrition programming for both adults and youth.

Although, attendance continues to surge, tripling in recent years from 12,000 in 2007 to over 30,000 today, the Center is badly outdated and undersized, with the most recent renovation almost 30 years ago.

The new and expanded Moorhead Center will serve to fight the climbing rate of childhood obesity, provide a safe place for students after schools and offer the community a place to connect.

School Wellness Teams

By working in partnership with the Aurora Public School’s District Coordinated School Health Team, we provide support in the form of establishing a Wellness team at each school and / or provide additional resources to those schools with existing Wellness teams. be well provides support for the establishment or existing team in the forms of grant money, free trainings through our different partners (i.e., Colorado Action for Health Kids), in addition to connecting the team with outside resources for enhancements. The purpose of a School Wellness Team is to establish a Health & Wellness culture for the school as it relates to student academic achievement.

Parent Workshop Healthy Breakfast Options

be well provides healthy breakfast options for the parents during the Parent Workshops every other month. Examples of the breakfast include Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits (in-season fruit, organic &  fiber-rich granola, low fat Greek yogurt), and Bagels & Fruit (100% whole wheat bagels, low fat cream cheese, in-season fruit). We also offer recipes and nutrition facts about what we are eating so that the breakfast snacks are easily duplicated at home.

Parent Workshop Support Speakers

be well brings in speakers that the schools request to support monthly topics (i.e., “Cooking with Numbers” with Chef J, to promote mathematics in the real world, outside from the classroom; “Grocery Shopping Lists” to promote literacy at home and with parents, etc.).

​​​​Sponsorship Grants

We provide Sponsorships! The Coalition provides small amounts of money (‘sponsorship’) as a means to create relationships with key partners that are essential to the success of the Coalition.

You can work with potential partners to use the funds in ways that support a healthy neighborhood and also suggest potential partnering organizations.