CSU offers new website for healthy living

image of Live Eat Play sealColorado State University has launched a new website with resources and tips on how to lead a healthy lifestyle — and stay true to those new year’s resolutions. The site, called “Live Eat Play,” includes information on exercise and various diets, cooking tips, health foods and maintaining a good work/life balance. A collaboration among CSU Extension, the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center, it can be found at www.liveeatplay.colostate.edu. Laura Bellows, an assistant professor in the FSHN department and an Extension specialist for nutrition, said the website has been several years in the making and served as a learning lab for the undergraduate and graduate students who worked on it. “As a student, working on Live Eat Play has taught me the process from initial brainstorm to finish to produce relevant nutrition and health information in a positive and engaging light,” said Emily Clyatt, an undergrad student who worked on the project. “It has been a great experience — we always work as a team and learn as we go.” 'Incredible opportunity' “My graduate work as a coauthor for the Live Eat Play website has been an incredible opportunity,” said grad student Kelly Niebaum. “Each day I gain valuable professional writing experience and spend my time researching what I love most — nutrition and healthful living. Nutrient-dense foods, lifestyle tips and ways to play in Colorado are a few of the many topics I have written about. Combining science-based research with creativity is a stimulating challenge that creates a rewarding work environment.” Bellows said students from the Department of Health and Exercise Science and Colorado School of Public Health have also worked on the site, which is constantly evolving. Both CSU Extension and The Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center use the Live Eat Play website to supplement nutrition, weight loss, and diabetes classes as well as worksite wellness presentations. “The Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center also uses its materials for individual clients as a way to provide nutrition information immediately and for ongoing support once they are on their own.” said Melissa Wdowik, director of the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center.

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