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2011 Colorado Health Report Card comes to Walsenburg – Obesity rate rising in Colorado and Huerfano and surrounding counties

by Cindy Campbell
HUERFANO — Despite making progress in some areas, Colorado and many of its counties continue to fall behind in childhood obesity, prenatal care, dental care for children and other factors that impact our physical and economic health, according to the 2011 Colorado Health Report Card. Compiled by the Colorado Health Foundation, in collaboration with the Colorado Health Institute, results of the report card will be presented today, Thursday, May 10 at 12:00. This public meeting at The Spanish Peaks Public Library includes presentations by Caren Henderson, director of communications: creative services, at the Colorado Health Foundation, and Emily King, research analyst, at the Colorado Health Institute.
The report card uses 38 health indicators to compile grades for Colorado that span five life stages as shown below:
Left unchanged, many of these indicators pose significant risks to the health and well-being of Coloradans. Research shows that prevention can be a key factor in improving health and reducing costs. A recent study estimates that an annual investment of $10 per Coloradan in community-based prevention initiatives could save more than $232 million annually in health care costs after five years – a $5.05 return for every $1 invested.
LiveWell Huerfano County is an example of a Community Investment model that is focused on prevention by promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL). Many members of Huerfano County are currently participating in the planning and mobilization phase of this health investment. To participate in the project, call Cindy at 738-5200. Together, we can reach for higher grades on our health report card.