Where Larimer, Weld rank in state health care metrics
The Colorado Health Foundation knows the answer, and has published its findings in an annual report called the Colorado Health Report Card.
Larimer County residents beat the rest of the state in many of the most important areas, according to the report card, with lower numbers of adults and children dealing with obesity, having a regular health care provider and fewer smokers and binge drinkers. Larimer figures on mental health are better than the state’s, too.
Specifically, from 2008 to 2010, the most recent numbers available, Larimer County had an obesity rate of 19 percent, below the state average of 22 percent. In the same vein, just 9 percent of children in Larimer County had a body mass index at or above the 95th percentile, which is an indicator of obesity.
By comparison, statewide, 13.9 percent of children were found to be obese.
Yet while these numbers are positive by comparison to the rest of the state and certainly to the