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Discover: An Important Link Between the Western Diet and Chronic Disease

August 7 @ 7:45 am - 10:00 am



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Kelly Martinez, Public Health Communication Manager, Weld County Department of Public Health & Environment

This workshop will allow for a better comprehension of the Western diet and its associated nutritional behaviors, as well as the effects it has on an individual’s metabolism and health.

A Western diet characterized by high intake of energy-dense and processed food is a risk factor for many chronic diseases including diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases. Much of the research focus is on the high intake of fat, sugar, and low intake of fiber and fruits and vegetables. One of the underlying mechanisms linking Western diet and chronic diseases is inflammation.  

Kelly will bring age-appropriate screening information for girls/women at all seasons of life. In fact, she is generously bringing staff & equipment to do cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, and triglyceride screenings to the Workshop and those interested can take the test? We have 2 portable machines. It’s a great way to raise awareness of an individual’s current health status.

We will be providing two different screening options for folks on August 7th. If you are interested please fast from bedtime (10 p.m.) on for Option 1. Kelly advises those members who are interested in the screenings to drink lots of water the night before and the morning before the screening. It is sometimes difficult to collect enough blood for option 1 if folks are dehydrated.

Option 1: Lipid, Triglyceride, Blood Pressure and Triglyceride Screening – (requires 9 hour fast prior to screening and takes 8 minutes for results).

Option 2: Hemoglobin A1C screening (average blood glucose level over the past three months – best indicator for prediabetes / diabetes) – does not require fasting (5 minutes for results).

Option two requires just a drop of blood so it’s much easier to collect.

We will hopefully have two machines for each screening (four units total).  Both screenings require a finger tip prick for blood collection.  This service is FREE and incredibly generous of Kelly to facilitate for us. Remember business owners/employers, this is a FREE perk you can offer your staff…and customers. The health department is here to serve all Weld residents!

Three key points you will gain / take away following this Workshop:

1. The role of food in health and illness
2. Food related health – conditions
3. Low or no cost resources available to prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease.

Kelly Martinez is a Public Health Communication Manager at the Weld County Department of Public Health. She oversees a team of 5 Health Communication Specialists and 5 Community Health Workers. Ms. Martinez is a seasoned public health professional with nearly 20 years of experience in the field. She has a proven ability to manage and coordinate health services and programs, develop community partnerships, and lead and motivate teams.

Kelly’s passion shines through as she works extensively in community nutrition, diabetes education and worksite wellness. Ms. Martinez is devoted to promoting health equity and advocating for marginalized populations.

Kelly earned her Public Health degree from the University of Northern Colorado and has been with the Weld County Department of Public Health for 18 years.

Kelly enjoys traveling and has been to 49 states, 25 countries and 4 continents. She and her husband Tim live in Windsor and have 5 adult children. She loves staying active, reality TV and shopping!

You can contact our speaker and learn more about her  at:

Your Name:   Kelly Martinez, Public Health Communication Manager Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment

Web Site https://www.weld.gov/Government/Departments/Health-and-Environment/Health-Education-Communication-and-Planningwww.greeleycreativedistrict.org

Email km*******@we*****.com

Phone 970-400-2325

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/kellycampbell2600/     

SURVEY ideas Showed members wanted to learn more about: Women’s health: Wellness tips, services and programs; Costs for businesses to provide for their employees / cost for individuals & families; Educating the community about opportunities; getting in touch with opportunities / awareness to help me stay healthy at all ages and the tests one should have for each “season of life (age)” for myself & my family; What should I be doing at every stage of life to stay ahead of problems? Teens / child bearing / menopause / while aging / weight problems / heart health / diabetes /best healthy habits to manage stress       It looks like Kelly will prove to be a great resource providing  information regarding your requests.

Please Thank our member Volunteers for helping make this Workshop a powerfully informative experience for YOU – being healthy allows us to fully function in the workplace and at home!

WORKSHOP Date:  Wednesday, August 7, 2024

Program Title: Discover Important Links Between the Western Diet and Chronic Disease

Speaker: Kelly Martinez, Public Health Communication Manager, Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment

Location: Weld County Administration Building, Events Center, 1150 O St. Greeley, CO 80631

Catering: Nick & Ashley St. George, Corleone’s

Set-up DIVAS 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Allison Dunning, Balloon Art by Merry Makers; Aiesha Englick, Sistas in Act Cleaning Service; Brittany Smith, Weld Food Bank
Check-in Hostesses: Terri Aden, OsteoStrong; Elizabeth Mahoney, Complete Professional Development

Greeter: Diane Holmberg, Aims Foundation

Speaker’s Gift: Rachealle Gamache, Esthebella Skin

7th Inning Stretch: Kristi Helzer, NorCoWIB

Clean-up DIVAS: Emilie Casseday, UNC; Lyndsey Oates, UNC Volleyball; Glenda Haines, Eves & Haines Wealth Mgmt.; Jody Margheim, Realty One Group Fourpoints

Sister-to-Sister Pay-it-Forward: Will benefit a new wellness program that is a collaboration between the Cities of Greeley & Evans to provide Spanish Speaking women with exercise classes that include Zumba, Yoga, working with bands and stretching, etc. This community engagement is proving to be powerful while grooming relationships and healthier bodies. It will be coordinated by Jaymi Anderson, Genesis Project & Diana  Vasquez, UCH Medicare Plans + Latin Dance.
Your donation will help provide more mats, bands, resource and education materials to support the volunteers facilitating these FREE programs at the Rodarte Center and both Greeley and Evans Recreation Centers. They are building healthier communities and the collaboration is nurturing friendships and a support system of accountability for the participants! What an honor it is for NorCoWIB members to a contribute to their success!

Be sure to volunteer for upcoming Workshops to assist with a smooth operation each month and to capture more Networking time to get to know more of our members!

Northern Colorado Women in Business is in its 16th years as a Networking Leader for local women and  we continue to provide collaborative opportunities for our members to shine through:

  • Select one of the three membership options – Join and post your business Profile.
  • Sponsored events (making it more affordable when sharing the cost)
  • Volunteer together to enjoy collaboration and community impact, such as a 2-hour volunteer work session at the Weld Food Bank or a Habitat for Humanity BUILD Day  – which provides additional NETWORKING time.
  • Provide promotional materials for NewBEE Bags and Speaker Gifts to promote your business
  • Lead activities where we want community visibility like Relay for Life, Compete to BEAT {{HUNGER}} or UNC’s annual Women’s Walk to raise scholarship dollars
  • Make :30 announcements at the end of the Workshops to spread awareness about things you are hosting or passionate about
  • Serve as Enlightening Conversation Leader/ Hostesses …and also accept invitations to be part of these magical small group Master Mind sessions that currently are FREE
  • Sponsor a Training that will enrich your business skills
  • Participate with members in CELEBRATING YOUR WINS!


August 7
7:45 am - 10:00 am


Kristi Helzer, NorCoWIB
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Weld County Administration Building, Events Center
1150 O St.
Greeley,CO80631United States
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(970) 400-4228
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