NOTICE: (updated April 26, 2023)

Dear Friends,
The 2023 Roots of Wellness course has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. We will continue to keep you updated, watch this space.

Wishing you good health,

The Roots of Wellness Team



Registration is now CLOSED for Fall 2021. Click HERE to learn more about our 2023 program.


Roots of Wellness is our ongoing program designed to help you manage your health by learning about simple lifestyle changes you can make for better health. Participants in this free 11-week wellness program will learn about food as medicine, how to choose and afford healthy foods, gardening, physical activity and how to manage or prevent chronic diseases including diabetes and poor emotional health.

Food Is Medicine

Did you know what you eat can make a huge difference in your health? Food is our most basic medicine. What we eat fuels our body and allows it to function. Food helps us maintain our health. It can help prevent disease and can also be the best medicine to manage chronic diseases such as diabetes. (Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the body has high sugar levels for prolonged periods of time. This disease can be deadly if not treated or managed.) Even your emotional well-being is affected by your diet.

Learn how you can achieve and maintain optimal health with nutritious foods and physical activity.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Six weeks of Cooking Matters Classes
  • Farmers’ market tour and instruction in using Double Up Food Bucks
  • Gardening
  • Food Preservation
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Chronic Disease Prevention

Partners In Health

You can learn how use food as medicine and promote your own health for free! Roots of Wellness is offered at no cost by a collaboration of ten agencies in Garfield County. These generous partners have come together to offer you:

  • 11 wellness classes on a variety of topics
  • Food to make one dinner for four people at home each week for 11 weeks
  • Garden planters to take home
  • Food canning kit
  • Yoga, Tai Chi or other exercise-related sessions

The Roots of Wellness: Food as Medicine pilot class met eleven times on Thursdays from August 15, 2019 through October 24, 2019. The first class took place from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Garfield County Fairgrounds North Hall & North Hall Kitchen at the Garfield County Fairgrounds (1001 Railroad Ave Rifle, Colorado 81650). The remaining 10 classes met from 6:00 to 8:00 at the same location.

This course is offered in partnership with Garfield County Healthy Communities Coalition, Grand River Health, Changing Lifestyles, Cooking Matters, Garfield County Public Health, Garfield County Master Gardener/CSU Extension, Garfield County Master Food Safety Advisor/CSU Extension, UpRoot Colorado, and LIFT-UP.