Tips from the Thinnest State: Colorado

Even with California full of celebrities on expensive diets and Florida and Jersey full of avid gym-goers, the healthiest state is Colorado.

Here’s the 2012 Adult Obesity Prevalence Map from the CDC.


Colorado has only 20.5% of obese adults among its population. Even though it’s raised since this WebMD article, the tips remain the same.

James O. Hill, PhD and director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Denver Campus of the University of Colorado  (and also the co-founder of America on the Move, a nonprofit organization promoting healthier lifestyles), compiled 7 starting points for how Colorado does what it does:

  1. Maintain: As our friends at Carlsbad Open MRI recently posted, maintaining your weight instead of trying to lose it is often easier and more effective.
  2. Health Culture: Colorado residents are lucky to live in a place that values physical activity. The state shows its residents it cares with parks for physical activity and things like that.
  3. Start Small: Like maintaining your weight, you don’t want to take on too much too fast, or you’ll be more likely to give up. Hill suggests walking an extra 1,000 steps in a day and keeping an eye on your portions each meal.
  4. Environment Audit: Colorado might have an advantage with mild weather year-round, but that doesn’t mean other states can’t step up their physical activity as well. There should be parks, employers who encourage exercise, and more healthy food choices than unhealthy.
  5. Work in a Team: Hill says that most health programs see it as a competition – who is most effective? When, really, different programs work differently for different programs. Don’t be afraid to mix and match strategies. Part of Colorado’s success is that the public, private, and academic sectors all work together.
  6. Welcome Everyone: Colorado being named the healthiest state has attracted a wave of new, health conscious residents. As states increase available activities and healthy food options, more residents will be drawn to that area.
  7. Stay humble: Colorado knows that there’s always room for improvement, and they’re working just as hard to stay in the “blue” area as they did to get there. In fact, Hill says they’re looking for even more improvement. Never get comfortable!

We already are a healthy state, so let’s keep it that way. Use Open MRI of Pueblo to keep track of your body and stay healthy.

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