Healthy Eating in Jeffco is a Snap!

It’s summer time in Jefferson, County and time to take advantage of some of the amazing Farmers Markets in Colorado.

Our friends at Jefferson County Public Health have launched this years SNAP Program at Farmer’s Markets, and the Cloud is proud to be the official radio station of SNAP in Jeffco.

In her own words, here’s the remarkable and dedicated member of the SNAP team at Jeffco Public Health: Nikki Work (heard daily on 96.9 the Cloud).

Nikki Work from Jefferson County Public Health.

Tell Us About The SNAP Double Up Program in Jeffco?

Every time you go to a farmers market, you’re visiting a place that’s making a difference in your community. Farmers markets help tackle food insecurity by providing locally-grown food right in your neighborhood and, many markets in Jefferson County participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program.

Chelsea Situmeang (left), Market SNAP/Double Up Food Bucks intern, and Jenna Metzinger, Farmers Market SNAP Coordinator at Jefferson County Public Health.

How Does The Program Work?

When a customer spends $1 on any SNAP eligible item, they receive $1 to spend on Colorado-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s a $1 to $1 match so if you spend $5, you get $5. If you spend $10, you get $10 — up to $20 every visit.

This program helps those who need it most, and at the same time, it supports Colorado farmers and keeps our local economy strong.

Nathan Brix of Star Acre Farms at the Arvada Farmers Market in 2017.

To learn more about Double Up Food Bucks or to find a participating market near you, visit us online at: www.doubleupcolorado.org 

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The Natural Stairmaster of Red Rocks Amphitheater.

As our crazy winter weather continues, you might want to skip the gym and head to Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison.

The natural wonder provides the perfect amount of stairs and open air to insure a very sturdy work-out.

You won’t need an expensive membership to get your heart rate up and your glutes firing with all those steps (there’s 192 to be exact).

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Just head to west on Morrison Road from anywhere in Jeffco. Covering the 70-rows from the center, up-and-down and end-to-end is about 3 miles.

The elevation, at 6,450 above sea level, combined with its natural beauty make for a breath taking work out. Might make a fun play-date with a special friend.

There’s plenty of fun dining in town (the Cloud pick is Tony Rigatoni or a romantic picnic basket from The Cheese Ranch in Golden.

Just remember to hydrate…this is Colorado after all.

Memories of past shows at the venue make for positive mind food too!

 

Once in a Blue Moon.

Dr Steve Lee

(Denver, Colorado): For most of us the moon has always been pretty cool. We watched in wonder as Neil Armstrong landed on it.

As children, the cow jumped over it and we were all convinced that it was made of cheese.

Tonight the moon will turn to a Blue Moon.

You might say we are a curious Cloud, so we turned to our friends and experts at Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science.

The Museum is also home to Gates Planetarium and Dr. Steve Lee.  Dr. Lee is a Space Scientist in the Adult & Children’s Programs Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and is a Senior Research Scientist at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in Boulder, CO.

He is a science advisor to the Museum’s Space Odyssey exhibition, and frequently participates in the development and delivery of Museum programs – helping to bring the latest discoveries in planetary and space sciences to many of the nearly two million visitors seen at DMNS annually.

He received a PhD in Planetary Geology from Cornell University, joined the Museum in 2001, and joined SSI in 2006.  Dr. Lee knows a thing or two about the moon.

So what exactly is a Blue Moon?

A Blue Moon is the second full moon to happen in a calendar month.  The next one of these will occur on Jan. 31, 2018.

Is this how the expression “once in a blue moon” came about?

This expression has been around for about 400 years. It’s akin to “When Pigs Fly” though in reality “Blue Moons” are not all that rare, happening about a dozen times in the last twenty years. A second full moon in a month is not regularly spaced.  It happens roughly once in two years.

Will we be able to view this event in Colorado?

Yes!  Although strictly speaking, the full moon happens instantaneously.  So, sometimes we’ll miss seeing the moment when the moon is fully illuminated by a few hours (it’ll be full before moonrise or after moonset on that day).

Photos courtesy of Denver’s Museum of Nature & Science and NASA.

It Was A Fun Snow Day!

(Golden, Colorado): Sunday was a great snow day in Colorado. From Golden, to The Golden Triangle, the city was bursting with life. In spite of the slippery roads in every corner of the state: families made it to church, the market and the movies. Even the nice little workout of clearing the sidewalk before nightfall proved to be a nice outing between NFL Championship Games. By sunset, The National Weather Service reported as many as 8 inches of measurable snowfall in Boulder and 6 inches in Jefferson County.

The pictures shared on social media tell the story best: It was a fun day!

From family fun to happy dog owners frolicking in our parks, the snow made way for a great day. By early week, we are back in the 40’s and most likely a nice blanket of sunshine will turn this years first real snowfall into much needed moisture. Make sure and take a little extra time to be safe and prepared for what might be a tricky commute this week and please take us with you!

It’s no doubt: a privilege to Live in Colorado.

Its Time to Play.

(Lakewood, Colorado) Colorado Ski Country USA member ski areas will celebrate Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month this January by offering special programs and promotions for beginners learning to ski or ride.

A Basin Sunshine

Whether guests are new to Colorado, new to skiing or riding entirely or returning to the sport after a break, CSCUSA ski areas offer children, adults and everyone in-between a low-stress, fun learning environment. Visitors to CSCUSA member resorts in January will find discounted lessons, lift tickets and gear rentals that will make learning Colorado’s signature winter sports easy and affordable.

Echo Park At Night

With more terrain opening across Colorado this month and professional instructors across the state ready to create lifelong skiers and snowboarders, January is the perfect time to hit the slopes for the first time or to introduce a friend or family member to Colorado Ski Country.  Learn more at Colorado Ski Country USA.

Happy Days in Granby

It’s not too late to register for the Passport Program, which offers 5th graders three days of free skiing at 22 CSCUSA member resorts, while 6th graders can receive four days of skiing at the same 22 resorts for $125 until January 31, 2018. To register or see the passport coupons visit www.coloradoski.com/passport.

As always, we are here for you in Jefferson County with Just the Best Songs on the Radio.