GREELEY, Colo. — What happens when delicious food and top notch health professionals meet with farm and ranch women to talk about food and nutrition? Outstanding conversations about here the food is raised, grown, and sourced; and how it gets from farm to table and valuable connections!
The evening of February 11th CommonGround volunteers Danell Kalcevic, Kelsey Pope, Colleen Peppler, Jan Kochis, Erin Barkey, state facilitator Ann Cross and Wendy White, Colorado Proud program manager, hosted a dinner for health industry professionals from several Denver area hospitals at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Louisville, Colorado.
Guests included the Director of Nutrition and Clinical Nutrition Manager from Lutheran Medical Center, Denver Health Director of Nutrition and Retail Manager, Sodexo Internship Reginal Director and Senior Regional Manager Clinical Support, Good Samaritan Outpatient Registered Dietitian, and Children’s Hospital Aurora’s Internship Director.
How was this dinner idea born? When Adriann Pidek, Clinical Nutrition Manager at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, and a past attendee of the annual CommonGround dinners, contacted Ann Cross with a request to connect the hospital personnel with the volunteer farm and ranch women to have an in depth discussion about food production related to nutrition.
What role did the CommonGround volunteers have? The volunteers welcomed the opportunity to share their experiences, including science and research based information to help these professionals sort through the myths and misinformation surrounding food and farming.
As the state facilitator, how would you sum up this event?
“We look forward to following up with this group to arrange additional opportunities to keep the conversations going” said Cross.
— Colorado Corn Growers Association
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