While you’re sipping beer and watching things blow up today, take a moment to appreciate what it’s all about. You have the freedom, as an American, to sip beer and blow things up. Unless of course you’re under 21 years of age or live in the state of Colorado with a fire ban.
A good day to you and yours. Happy 4th of July.
Trust for America’s Health ran a report on obesity rates in the United States. With little surprise, Colorado ranked the lowest in the nation with a 19.1% obesity rate (Mississippi being the highest at 33.8%). While this average does not hold for the Black and Latino population, it is a pretty strong representation of Colorado’s health values and qualities.
Read: Colorado Ranks Least Obese State in the Nation
Strict state-wide public nutritional standards and the preservation of recreational open spaces no doubt contribute to a better Colorado. But I find this ranking even more notable considering that Colorado has not mandated body mass index (BMI) screenings or Complete Streets legislation like many other states trying to cut down on obesity – Colorado predominantly trusts Coloradans to be healthy. Perhaps a lesson in parenting?
All pride behind me, 19.1% is one out of every five people! Thankfully not a third of our population like Mississippi, but a huge slice nonetheless! We still have work to do.