Earlier this week, WeCan!® Mesa County planted two container gardens filled with fresh vegetables like tomatoes and carrots outside Primary Care Partners 12th Street location!  WeCan! or “Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition®” is a local program designed for families and communities to help children reach and maintain a healthy weight. Coordinated by Dr. Zind, it is an integrated program to Western Colorado Pediatrics. With help from a generous grant from Rocky Mountain Health Plans, they transformed this contribution into something that will help demonstrate to kids the inherent responsibility of gardening, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of healthy nutrition. With assistance from PCP Facilities, the group was able to plant two garden boxes near the East parking lot. They hope that this addition will demonstrate a good example of healthy eating and nutrition to WeCan!® participants as well as all PCP patients.

We Can!® Mesa County is a program to help families with overweight children ages 6 to 18 make healthy lifestyle changes to achieve a healthy weight. It includes individual goal setting, group educational classes, cooking classes, and fun exercise. Weekly meetings are held on Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Pediatrics at 3150 North 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506. Please call Western Colorado Pediatrics at 970-243-KIDS (5437) and follow us on Facebook to learn more.