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Signs of Progress: Spotlight on Colorado

From our friends at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Last month, Inside Track let you know about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s updated collection of stories and reports from a growing number of states, cities and counties that have measured declines in their childhood obesity rates.  As part of our 7-part series, we’re excited to spotlight Colorado this week, which has seen a significant decline in obesity and overweight among children ages 2-4 enrolled in the state's WIC program.

A report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows progress in reducing overweight and obesity among young children who participate in the state’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Among 2- to 4-year-olds in the program, the percentage who were overweight and obese decreased from 22.9 percent in 2012 to 21.2 percent in 2015, a 7.4 percent relative decline.

Colorado WIC provides healthy food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and other services to 89,000 low-income women and young children at 100 clinics statewide. The program provides whole grains, fresh produce and healthy drink options to help participants prepare healthy meals and teaches new parents about the importance of helping their children maintain a healthy weight. Nearly one in five Colorado children ages 2 to 4 participate in WIC.

Colorado’s local public health agencies and communities statewide are making obesity prevention in early childhood a priority and implementing healthy weight strategies with messaging that aligns with the WIC Program to promote healthy habits.

View the story on the Robert Wood Johnson website.