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Organ & Tissue Donation

Organ and tissue donation provides the opportunity to heal or even save another persons life. Each year, about 500,000 lives are saved through donation, yet nearly 18 people die each day while waiting for a transplant.  A single person, like myself, can help save up to 8 lives through organ donation.  Tissue donation from a single person can save or heal 100 lives.  Every 12 minutes another person is added to the transplant waiting list.  The Donor Alliance contains all the information needed to help you decide for yourself and your loved ones is donation is right for you.

If you live in Colorado or Wyoming your can follow these links to Donate Life.

Donate Life CO

Donate Life WY

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Availability and Affordability of Good Foods

Access to fresh, affordable food is a building block for good nutrition and good health.  People who have more access to supermarkets and farmer’s markets and a limited access to fast food restaurants have a tendency to eat healthier diets and have increased food security.  Access is not always simple and sometimes not even possible for many people.  High rates of disease, low-income levels, and poor access to nutritious food are common problems in America.  Even when the food is available, it is not always affordable.

Following are links to assistance in acquiring nutritious foods.

The Food Access in Colorado report for November 2009 is a downloadable PDF with lots of information on food security and affordability.  It shares information on chronic disease and obesity, as well as community gardening and food access programs in Colorado and other states.

The supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to the States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women.  It is set up to help infants and children up to age five who are at risk for nutritional disparity.

President Harry Truman signed the National School Lunch Program, established under the National School Lunch Act, in 1946.  The program is federally assisted and helps provide meals to children in public and nonprofit private schools and residential childcare institutions.  It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches and parents can sign-up for the program when they enroll their child into school and into some daycare programs.

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