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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.

Chickens Offer Eggceptional Gift to Colorado Food Banks

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The Colorado Egg Producers will be donating 194,000 eggs to the Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver.

A total of more than 300,000 eggs will be donated to three food banks in Denver, Greeley and Grand Junction over several days.

Of the families Food Bank of the Rockies serves, 77 percent have incomes below the Federal Poverty Level and 48 percent have had to choose between buying food and paying for their rent or mortgage.

For the second year in a row, the Colorado Egg Producers and Feeding America are teaming up to help the more than 600,000 people who are at risk of hunger in Colorado.

Free omelets will be served to all those in attendance.

Colorado Egg Farmers Celebrate World Egg Day

Friday, October 8, 2010

Colorado egg farmers and the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association are proud to join in the celebration of World Egg Day on October 8, 2010. Eggs are celebrated in many cultures around the world as a symbol of the essence of life and as an important source of food and nutrition.

“World Egg Day is the perfect opportunity to highlight and celebrate the special place eggs hold in cultures spanning the globe,” said Jerry Wilkins of the Colorado Egg Producers Association, a membership organization representing seven family farms throughout Colorado. “In addition to specific customs, symbolism and beliefs about eggs, internationally eggs are considered a fundamental component of people’s diets. Weighing in at 75 calories, eggs pack a punch of nutrition. Each egg has 13 essential nutrients – including the highest quality protein, choline, folate, iron and zinc.

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