Highlights of the foundation’s 2011 health report card

  • Colorado got its highest health grades for adults and seniors 65 years of age and over when compared with other states. It ranked lowest for health measures involving children and pregnant women.
  • Coloradans had the highest fruit and vegetable consumption by teens and the highest percent of seniors getting flu and pneumonia shots.
  • Colorado also has among the lowest percent of adults in the U.S. suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • The state ranked near the bottom in percent of low-weight births.
  • The state ranked 37th among binge drinking by teenagers with about one in four admitting to having five or more drinks at a time at least once in the past 30 days.
  • Colorado ranked 38th among the 50 states in the percent of children getting regular visits to the dentist. Almost one in four Colorado children had not seen a dentist in the past year.

I-News looked at how Colorado’s health status has changed over the past five years that the foundation has issued report cards. It found that:

  • There has been little change in the percent of pregnant women who wait until after the first trimester to get pre-natal care, the percent of low weight births and the infant mortality rate in Colorado over the past five years.
  • The percent of preschoolers immunized has fallen between 2007 and 2011 from eight of every 10 children to seven of every 10. However, the percent rose slightly from 2010 to 2011.
  • Among children, the percent without health insurance has fallen steadily over the past five years.
  • Teens in Colorado are less likely to smoke cigarettes and be sexually active than they were five years ago. In addition, the teen fertility rate has edged downward between 2007 and 2011.

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