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Colorado

In Colorado, 11.2% of youth ages 10 to 17 have obesity, giving Colorado a ranking of 46 among the 50 states and D.C. This page includes Colorado data in four areas: the latest data on obesity, diabetes, and hypertension; how federal nutrition policies impact Colorado; health behaviors and outcomes among high school students; and policies enacted by Colorado to support health and prevent obesity.

Childhood Nutrition Data

National programs and policies can make it easier for children to access healthier foods and beverages. The number of children participating in each of these programs varies from state to state. See participation numbers and rates below, or visit the full interactive feature.

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

535,919

Colorado Number of residents participating in in 2022.

79% Percentage of eligible residents participating in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- Children

203,000

Colorado Number of participating residents who are children in in 2018.

45.7% Percentage of participants who are children in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - White

17.9%

Colorado Percentage of participating households where the head of household is White in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - African-American

4.20%

Colorado Percentage of participating households where the head of household is African-American in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Hispanic

11.8%

Colorado Percentage of participating households where the head of household is Hispanic in 2018.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

79,389

Colorado Number of students participating in 2021.

Head Start

7,665

Colorado Number of children participating in in 2019.

62% Percentage of eligible children participating in 2019.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

78,695

Colorado Number of residents participating in in 2021.

53.4% Percentage of eligible residents participating in 2019.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

42,000

Colorado Number of students participating, by state in CACFP in 2021.

18,402,416 Total meals served annually in 2021.

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

1,005

Colorado Number of children participating in in 2021.

40.7% Percentage of students eligible for free/reduced-price lunch in 2019-2020.

Food Insecurity (CFI)

10%

Colorado Percentage of children who are food insecure in CFI in 2018.

High Schooler Health Data

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) surveys high school students to better understand a variety of health issues and behaviors. This feature includes data related to obesity, nutrition, and physical activity.

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Low P.E. Participation
84.3%
84.3%
Physically active at least 60 minutes
25.4%
25.4%
High Computer Usage
43.3%
43.3%
High TV Watching
N/A
N/A
High Soda Consumption
N/A
N/A
No Breakfast
14.3%
14.3%
Low Fruit Consumption
7.2%
7.2%
Low Vegetable Consumption
5%
5%

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