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Eggs among the top brain-boosting foods 

As students get geared up for the upcoming school year, you might ask yourself ... what brain-boosting foods could students be consuming?

How about eggs? Yolks are a leading source of choline -- a precursor for acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in helping you remember things.

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Hickman’s Family Farms earns humane certification for cage-free eggs 

Hickman’s Family Farms -- an Arizona-based company with operations here in Colorado -- just earned humane certification for their cage-free eggs through the American Humane Certified program.

The country’s first national humane organization and the largest certifier of animal welfare in the world, American Humane certified Hickman’s Family Farms because it met the program’s rigorous standards, which include meeting some 200 science-based standards covering everything from adequate space to proper temperature, air quality and much more.

The farm will now voluntarily undergo rigorous, yearly audits by professional auditors to ensure the standards are being implemented.

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CEP teaming up with Art Students League of Denver for 'Flat of Eggs' juried art exhibit

The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the Art Students League of Denver for its "Flat of Eggs" juried art exhibition.

This exhibit will be on display at the Art Student's League of Denver Gallery (200 Grant St. in Denver) through June 16.

Be sure to check it out!

Anyone wanting to see the artworks that will be exhibited, and learn more details about the exhibit, can click here.

Eggs finally — and accurately — being incorporated into the heart-health regimen

The symptoms, causes and affects of heart disease have no doubt been well-documented for years, but the same can't be said about factual information regarding one of heart health's biggest allies — eggs.

Those days seem to rightfully be coming to a close, though, as technological and medical advances have allowed experts to better understand how eggs have a place at the table of heart-healthy eating, after years spent on various nutritional no-no lists.

Research has shown eggs indeed have heart-protective qualities, including one recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition that found a daily egg intake led to a 12 percent reduced risk of stroke.

Other research found that eating one to three eggs per day resulted in increased levels of high-density lipoprotein, also known as the "good cholesterol," as well as an improved blood lipid profile.

In fact, since mounting evidence has shown dietary cholesterol doesn't negatively affect heart disease, recent recommendations from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and American Diabetes Association don't limit egg or cholesterol intake, which is a change compared with earlier guidance from these organizations.

Several global health organizations — including Health Canada, the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Australian Heart Foundation and the Irish Heart Foundation — also now promote eggs as part of a heart-healthy diet.

Considering the impact that heart disease has on our population, it's no doubt vital that such up-to-date and factual information is shared.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, with about 610,000 Americans dying from heart disease each year — that's one in every four deaths.

Fortunately, prevention can be as simple as eating smart, which includes throwing a favorite egg dish into the mix.

Along with lines of heart disease, let's also talk about "cardiometabolic health," which is a relatively new term that encompasses cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, including type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

They all share similar risk factors, which can be modified by diet and lifestyle choices.

Given the public health significance of understanding cardiometabolic diseases, research on risk reduction remains an active area of pursuit.

And despite long-standing myths, evidence indicates eggs, when consumed as part of an overall healthy diet pattern, do not negatively affect risk factors for cardiometabolic disease.

In fact, one study recently published in the Journal of Nutrition showed how an egg-based breakfast, rich in protein, promoted glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes, relative to a high-carbohydrate breakfast.

Bottom line, it's becoming more and more clear that eggs fit into an overall heart-healthy meal pattern.

And I can tell you with certainty that the hard-working Colorado egg farmers I work with and represent are elated to be a part of the solution, in producing one of the keys tools to a healthy lifestyle.

Colorado egg farms donating hundreds of thousands of eggs to families in need for Easter

The local farms that make up the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association will once again be helping out the Easter Bunny this year, as they're partnering with Feeding Colorado to donate hundreds of thousands of eggs to food banks, and ensuring those in need will have eggs in time for the holiday.
 
Members of the media are welcome and encouraged to attend an upcoming event, where the Food Bank of the Rockies’ mobile pantry will be on hand distributing these food donations, and will also be joined by the Easter Bunny and CEP’s mascot, Eggbert. Personnel and equipment from Commerce City Emergency Responders will be on hand as well, as will the Churn and Burn food truck, serving up breakfast burritos.
 
Additionally, this Easter Egg-Stravaganza will include prize giveaways, with each attendee heading home with an Easter egg-dyeing kit, and two lucky kids being randomly selected to win new bicycles.
 
This marks the 10th year in a row that CEP has partnered with Feeding Colorado to help those in need, and CEP is proud to again contribute to the efforts of Feeding Colorado and the Good Egg Project -- an initiative to end childhood hunger through the American Egg Board.
 
Morning Fresh Farms, NestFresh, Opal-Foods, Sparboe Farms and Hickman Family Farms are the local operations that have produced and donated the farm-fresh eggs to Feeding Colorado's food banks for Easter this year.
 
“The farms that make up the Colorado Egg Producers Association take seriously the fact that one in seven Coloradans don’t have enough food to meet their basic needs, and we strive to assist those families -- not only during Easter, but year-round," said CEP Executive Director Bill Scebbi.
 

Colorado Egg Producers play a part in Ag Day at the Capitol success

The “most popular event under the Golden Dome” was once again a success, as Gov. John Hickenlooper, state officials, the media and others took part in a well-deserved “thank you” to Colorado’s farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses during Agriculture Day at the Capitol on Wednesday.

And it was done largely with the help of Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) personnel. 

CEP Industry Relations Manager David Collie, who also owns and operates Collie Consulting LLC, took the lead among the 48 organizations that make up the Colorado Ag Council and organized the event, while CEP Executive Director Bill Scebbi, CEP Outreach Events Coordinator Terri Heine and CEP board member Terry Tormohlen were also on hand to help out.

With an estimated 900 people in attendance, the event was highlighted by a cook-off competition that featured the teaming up of local chefs, lawmakers and ag representatives, creating dishes with Colorado-grown foods.

The CEP team took second place overall in the 14-team cook-off competition, under the guidance of chefs Klaus Krebs and Travis Barday of Isle Casino and Hotel.

Colorado Egg Producers Association Celebrates Colorado Proud Month

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Colorado Proud Month, which takes place every August, is an occasion to recognize and celebrate all of the fresh food and produce grown by our own local Colorado farmers and ranchers. When Coloradans buy local, they are supporting hard working farmers, ranchers and producers throughout the state. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association wants to thank Coloradans for their continued support.

“There are many reasons for Coloradans to buy local,” said Vince Ruscitti, local egg farmer and CEP member. “Locally produced products are fresh, high-quality and have less environmental impact. Eggs are a great example. CEP is proud to serve Colorado by producing fresh, nutritious eggs right here in the state.”

Colorado Egg Farmers Celebrate National Picnic Month

Monday, July 18, 2016

DENVER – July 2016 – To celebrate National Picnic Month this July, Colorado Egg Producers Association (CEP) invites you to learn about all the ways you can add eggs to your summer menu when packing a picnic and preparing on-the-go foods. Whether you are planning a family vacation, sending the kids off to summer camp or enjoying a day by the pool, eggs are a delicious and nutritious addition to your day.

“One large egg contains six grams of high-quality protein, plus many essential vitamins and minerals, in only 70 calories.” said Brandy Gamoning, marketing manager for NestFresh and CEP member. “Eggs can fill your picnic basket with the nutritious fuel your body needs, including Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, choline and all 9 essential amino acids. Plus, eggs are naturally gluten free, have zero carbs and no sugar.”

Think "Beyond Breakfast" When Cooking With Eggs This Summer

Thursday, June 16, 2016

DENVER – June 2016 – While most of us know eggs primarily as a breakfast food, did you know that eggs can be easily incorporated into every meal or snack for the day? Eggs provide the high-quality protein and essential nutrients you need to gear up for fun summer activities and can provide the fuel to conquer that fourteener or run that 5K. Whether you’re packing an on-the-go picnic basket or preparing a healthy family dinner, the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association encourages you to fuel your summer fun with eggs for lunch, dinner, snacks and more.

“Eggs are one of the most versatile foods to cook with. They can add a great source of protein and nutrients to almost any meal,” said Terry Tormohlen, a Colorado egg farmer and CEP member. “With the weather warming up and summer activities in full swing, eggs can be added to on-the-go lunches, afternoon snacks and family dinners to help Coloradans fuel their fun.”

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