Even in what is apparently the healthiest state in the U.S., many residents still occasionally need a lesson in how to improve health. After all, having the lowest obesity rate of any state means less when you realize that one in five Colorado natives is obese.
That's right. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 percent of Centennial State citizens are obese. And that is the lowest state-level percentage in the entire nation.
Recently, Vermont Public Radio broadcast a story featuring several Colorado residents who are trying to reverse this trend by doing outdoor exercises as much as possible. Such activities can include running, hiking, mountain biking and even yoga, which entails the physical benefits but avoids the high-impact stresses.
Christopher Lindley, an official from Colorado Health Department, emphasized that many healthy activities are learned, often in childhood.
"One in four children is either overweight or obese. This is a major problem," he told the radio organization. "While Colorado might get some accolades of being the leanest state or having a great lifestyle, we are far from setting the model of where we want to be."