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Letter: Increasing access to fresh, nutritious food

Even though agricultural production is all around us, I’ve noticed that many people in our community can’t access the food that is raised and grown around us. The rising cost of food, supply chain demands, and the realities of today’s food system often means that grocers in small towns can’t afford to store, display, and refrigerate the fresh produce and protein from the farm next door. Small food retailers often can’t afford to update their cold storage or pay high distribution fees.

As a member of the Colorado Agricultural Commission, I want to share an opportunity to change this. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is launching a new program that will offer grants of up to $50,000 to small food retailers and small family farms to increase access to healthy food in low-income, low-access communities in the state. CDA is looking for community and nonprofit organizations that can help promote the program and offer technical assistance to grant applicants.

We are fortunate to have many terrific organizations championing family farms and access to healthy food in our community. CDA wants to partner with organizations that are familiar faces to local producers and small food retailers to help them understand this new program and guide them through the grant process. Organizations can find more information about the program and how to submit contractor proposals before June 14 at

Having more access to fresh, nutritious food is better for our health, our families, and our communities. I hope organizations in the northwestern part of Colorado take this opportunity to strengthen our local connections by helping build a sustainable local food supply chain.

Kathryn Bedell
Grand Junction

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A Swimmer’s Path to Personal Wellness with 21 Body-Care Strategies

Swimmers’ Path to Personal Wellness with 21 Body Care Strategies

Swimming is a sport that demands dedication from its athletes. It’s not uncommon for swimmers to wake up before dawn and jump into a cold pool as part of their daily routine. Weekends are often spent at competitions, where athletes push themselves to their limits. In swimming, athletes often face the challenge of balancing their intense training schedules with their physical and mental health. It can be tempting to prioritize performance over personal well-being, but it’s important to remember that taking care of oneself is crucial for long-term success in the sport.

Acknowledging the fundamental significance of mental and physical health is crucial for the success of any swimmer. The connection between athletic success and a healthy way of life is vital, and it’s essential to maintain harmony between our dedication to swimming and our well-being.

Here are some tips to ensure you are taking care of yourself.

  1. Get enough sleep. Sleep is essential for physical and mental health. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to get sick or injured, and have trouble concentrating. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
  2. Take a break once in a while. It’s important to take breaks from swimming, even if it’s just for a few days. This will give your body a chance to rest and recover.
  3. Eat clean and healthy. Eating a healthy diet will give you the energy you need to swim your best. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods, sugary drinks, and excessive amounts of unhealthy fats.
  4. Watch your diet. It’s important to watch your diet, especially if you’re trying to lose weight or improve your performance. Be mindful of what you’re eating and drink plenty of water.
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