7 Slimming Tips From the Skinniest State
Why Is Colorado So Lean? 7 Lessons From the Lone 'Blue' State on CDC's Adult Obesity Map
4. Check your environment.
Do your surroundings promote a healthy, active lifestyle, or are they
kindest to couch potatoes?
True, Colorado has some natural perk like seasons that don't send people
fleeing inside. "We have a weather pattern where you can be outside pretty
comfortably summer and winter," Hill says. But there's more to it than
"If you're encouraging people to walk more, do they have places to walk?
Are there parks? Are employers encouraging walking? On the food side, we
encourage people to make better choices. Are better choices available?"
5. Think teamwork.
There's no magic bullet against the obesity trend, and if states get too
caught up in debating which approach is best, their efforts could get bogged
"There are so many ideas around that in a lot of places, they're working
more in opposition than working together," Hill says. "My solution to
obesity -- someone else is going to say that's not the right solution at all;
you need to do x, y, and z. I think it's been tough for people in a lot of
states to come together to try to have a common strategy, and I think we're
going to be able to do that in Colorado."
For instance, Hill says that Colorado is trying to work with restaurants to
make meals healthier and portions more reasonable. "The thing that makes
Colorado different is that the public, private, [and] academic sectors tend to
be pretty agreeable to working together to try to find a common goal," he
6. Put out the welcome mat.
Colorado's obesity rate might be getting some help from fit people moving to
the state. At least, Hill hopes so. "That ability to live a healthy
lifestyle is something that people value," he says. "My hope is that we
are beginning to attract people who want to come to Colorado because it's
easier to be healthy in Colorado."
7. Have some humble pie.
Colorado doesn't have a whole lot of bragging room. Obesity is on the rise
nationwide, and Colorado's adult obesity rate of 18.7% is knocking on the door
of the upper limit for the "dark blue" color on the CDC map.
"We don't want to get in that next color," Hill says. "I believe
with all the efforts going on right now in Colorado, we will stay out of that
next color and I wouldn't be surprised if next year, we actually show that
rates go down -- probably a little bit, but hopefully in the right