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Obesity Prevention

Obesity in Denver, among both children and adults, is a major public health concern. Childhood obesity often leads to adult obesity, which is linked to chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.

During the 2012/2013 school year, 31% of Denver's school-aged children (kindergarten-9th grade) were either overweight or obese, and the percentage of obese adults in Denver more than doubled in the last two decades.

Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Grant Funded Projects

  • SRTS - Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) SRTS Non-infrastructure grant
  • Kaiser Permanente Community Benefits Grant
  • Obesity Prevention efforts under the Community Transformation Grant

Current HEAL Activities

  • Facilitation of the Metro Denver Partnership for Healthy Beverages.
  • Evaluation of the Mayor's Children's Cabinet goal to reduce obesity by 1% annually.
  • Evaluation of the Be Healthy Denver, Healthy Eating Active Living goal: "By December 2018, the percentage of children and adolescents in Denver who are at a healthy weight will have increased by five percentage points.
  • Provision of obesity prevention and healthy equity technical assistance to the City, Denver Health and community partners.
  • Implementation of Colorado's Healthy Hospital Compact to improve the food and beverage environment to make healthy options the routine and easy choice.
  • Evaluation of the impact of Denver Housing Authority's built-environment features and amenities, including on-site healthy eating, active living programming, classes and on-site healthy living coordinator. Evaluation focuses on the behaviors and health of new Denver Housing Authority residents moving into the South Lincoln Homes redevelopment (Mariposa Redevelopment).
  • Development of an Adult and Childhood BMI registry for the Denver area (Denver and the surrounding counties) through a collaboration with local healthcare providers.


Denver Public Health Recognized as Founding Member of Healthy Hospital CompactDr. Burman Healthy Hospital Compact Recognition

Denver Public Health Director, Dr. Bill Burman accepted recognition on behalf of the department for being a founding partner of the Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact on Friday, November 14, 2014.

Denver Public Health is proud to join area hospitals and organizations in their commitment to healthier hospital environments in the state of Colorado. Compact members agree to promote healthy food and beverage options in their cafeterias, vending machines and patient menus, as well as support new moms in breastfeeding their babies.

Denver Public Health is committed to patient, employee and visitor health, and is proud to be leading the way towards a healthier community.

New Partnership pledges to study and respond to the health effects of sweetened beverages

Denver Public Health is happy to announce our collaborative effort with Denver Environmental Health, Jefferson County Public Health, Tri-County Health Department, Boulder County Public Health, Broomfield Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment around healthy beverage consumption. The Denver-Metro Partners for Health Beverage Consumption's purpose is to build our capacity to address policies and practices to increase the consumption of healthy beverages in the Denver-Metro Region.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities

Denver is shifting the environment to support healthy eating, active living and the prevention of childhood obesity in West Denver with support from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's national program, "Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities". Check out this video that highlights some of the Denver Partnership's accomplishments during the grant period.

Chronic Disease Contact

Jennifer Moreland
Chronic Disease Program Manager
(303) 602-3711

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