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Obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and health care costs in the United States. Despite a long history as being one of the healthiest states for adults, Colorado’s children have not fared as well. Data from the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment illustrates some of the challenges facing our youth:
Good nutrition and physical activity are among the most important factors for health. They are particularly significant for infants, toddlers and young children who need an adequate intake of key nutrients while their brains and bodies are rapidly developing. The foundations for lifelong healthy eating and physical activity begin in these formative years.
Learn what we're doing to combat high obesity rates and how you can help in your home and community.
To address these concerns, Children’s Colorado will focus on three major areas of prevention and health promotion:
Bikes For Life encourages Colorado youth to develop healthy habits and a lifelong commitment to wellness through bicycling. Bikes For Life advocates for healthier kids in three ways:
Camp Champions addresses accelerated summer weight gain in youth. It is a weeklong program for underserved, low-income youth that incorporates activities and curriculum from existing programs to engage youth in continuous physical activity while learning about goal setting, teamwork, nutrition and healthy lifestyles. The campers are exposed to a variety of physical activities and hands-on cooking lessons throughout the week as they earn points toward reaching their goal.
Children’s Hospital Colorado coordinates Cooking Matters courses in the community. Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters course goals are:
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Resource Institute Pipeline-to-Proposal Award (PCORI) provides Children's Colorado with the exciting opportunity to work with families and our partners in the community to understand how we can more effectively support low-income Hispanic families in achieving a healthy weight in children under the age of five.
Our community’s kids need support from all the adults in their lives to make healthy decisions—parents and caregivers, teachers and schools, and community organizations. With over a fourth of our state’s kids overweight or obese, we need to fight this epidemic as a community, to prevent the negative impact it will have on the long-term health of children and teens.
Our advocacy efforts rely on the strength and action of Children's Hospital Colorado’s Grassroots Advocacy Network. This is a group of people who care about kids' health and well-being and want to make a difference.
More than four thousand people currently participate in the Network, which joins the voices of physicians, healthcare professionals, patients and families with business leaders and community members to speak up clearly and powerfully for kids when public policy decisions are made. Advocates write letters, make phone calls, and share information when needed to influence public policies. Learn how to join the network today.