Colorado is leanest state in US for another year

Posted at 6:50 AM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-08 08:50:46-04

DENVER -- Newly released federal statistics show Colorado was the nation's leanest state last year, a title it's held now for more than a decade.

The 2015 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was released earlier this month, the Denver Post reports.

Colorado had the lowest rates of adult diabetes and physical inactivity and the second-lowest rate of hypertension.

But health officials say they're areas where the state can improve, as 20 percent of residents are considered obese. Rates of obesity are higher among blacks and Latinos, and more than 13 percent of Colorado's children live in households with limited access to nutritious food.

The Colorado Health Department is working to combat obesity by offering grants to community organizations fighting health disparities in low-income and racially diverse neighborhoods.