Healthy Eating Active Living

Childhood obesity is a major cause for concern because of the strong linkage between childhood and adult obesity, and the correlations between obesity and chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

Although Denver’s rate of obesity for adults is lower than for the U.S. as a whole, it has more than doubled in the last two decades. The rate has grown from 10% in 1990 to 20% in 2009. Denver’s rates of overweight and obesity for children are already similar to the national rates, and will soon translate into higher rates for all age groups until action is taken to reverse the trends. During the 2012/2013 school year, 31% of Denver’s school-aged children (kindergarten through 9th grade) were either overweight or obese, consistent with the national average of 33%.

By December of 2018, the five-year Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) goal is to increase the percentage of children and adolescents in Denver who are at a healthy weight by five percentage points.


The HEAL Task Force identified seven objectives in order to increase the percentage of children in Denver who are at a healthy weight by five percentage points by December 2018.

Map: Distance to Full Service Grocery Stores in Denver View the map here detailing the distance to full service grocery stores in Denver.

Map: Distance to Full Service Grocery Stores by Neighborhood in Denver   View the map here.

Denver Vital Signs: Denver Vital Signs is an electronic newsletter published bi-monthly highlighting important health topics in brief, ‘bite-sized’ amounts. View the January 2013 edition spotlighting Childhood Obesity in English and Spanish.

Body Mass Index Surveillance in Colorado Public Schools  This report is part of the effort by LiveWell Colorado to capture more information about the state of BMI surveillance in Colorado. Information collected for this report spans June 2013 - November 2013. It aims to summarize a sample of the work that Colorado schools and districts are conducting in regards to BMI data collection for children. Although it is not a comprehensive reports for all school districts in the state, it includes a wide variety of schools from small rural districts to large urban districts. The information can be used as a resource for school districts and public health officials weighing the pros and cons of conducting BMI screenings in a school setting.

Denver Public Schools Preliminary Weight Status Report   Between the fall of 2007 and spring 2013, the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Department of Nursing and Student Health Services recorded height and weight measures of students and calculated BMI and BMI percentiles. View the DPS Preliminary Weight Status Report.

The Be Healthy Denver team would like to thank the following HEAL Task Force Members for their important work in developing the CHIP and the HEAL Action Plan:

Doug Linkhart, Co-Chair, Denver Environmental Health
Dale Flanders, Co-Chair, Kaiser Permanente
Andrea Albo, City and County of Denver, Department of Human Services
Dave Bechhoefer, Lowry Family Center
Olga Garcia, Denver Health
Narada Golden, YR&G
Gabriel Guillaume, LiveWell Colorado
Greg Gutierrez, Denver Health
James Hill, University of Colorado, Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center
Cerise Hunt, University of Colorado, Center for Public Health
Mondi Mason, Denver Environmental Health
Stacey McConlogue, Denver Environmental Health
Jini Puma, Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center
Gordon Robertson, City and County of Denver, Parks and Recreation Department
Lisana Rojas, City and County of Denver, Department of Human Services
Kendra Sandoval, City and County of Denver, Denver Seeds Program
Michele Shimomura, Denver Environmental Health
Christopher Smith, Colorado Health Foundation
Janine Solano, Denver Health
Shawn St. Sauveur, Denver Public Schools
Zach Taylor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region VIII
Beth Truby, City and County of Denver, Office of Economic Development
Robin Valdez, Denver Environmental Health
Jennifer Wieczorek, Denver Public Health

News & Information

Register now to attend Colorado’s Building Better Health: Enroll 2015 - Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Join hundreds of health coverage guides, assistance site navigators, certified application counselors, brokers, agents, community-based organizations and health advocates Oct. 14-15, 2014 as we rally together at “Building Better Health: Enroll 2015” — Colorado’s kick-off conference for the 2015 health coverage open enrollment period, beginning Nov. 15, 2014.

Hosted by the Colorado Health Foundation in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Colorado Division of Insurance and Connect for Health Colorado, this event represents a statewide partnership and commitment to a successful 2015 open enrollment period.

To learn more, click here.


Health Impact Assessment Available - Monday, September 15, 2014
View the full Globeville, Elyria and Swansea Health Impact Assessment (HIA) here. The executive summary of the HIA is available in both English and Spanish

Progress of Denver Residents Enrolling in Health Care Coverage - Tuesday, September 09, 2014

We have successfully reached the first Access to Care goal included in Denver's Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). We continue to increase enrollment in Medicaid and Connect for Health Colorado to expand health care coverage in Denver. In July 2014, more than 3,000 Denver residents enrolled in Medicaid, successfully expanding coverage to nearly 64,000 Denver residents so far in 2014!