Walking the Talk: Colorado is the Most Active State in the Nation

Walking the Talk: Colorado is the Most Active State in the Nation

During the Colorado Get Movin' Challenge, Coloradans embarked on a 30-day challenge to prove that Colorado is the biggest mover by getting active 30 minutes a day. On Aug. 1, we kicked off the challenge with Gov. John Hickenlooper to "make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation."

So how did our state do?

  • More than 8,170 Coloradans participated.
  • 37,800,000 calories were collectively burned, or 10,800 pounds shed!
  • More than 92,500 hours of physical activity were logged. That’s more than a decade's worth of movement!
  • 300,000 miles of activity were traveled, or 780 trips across the state of Colorado!

So is Colorado the most active state in the nation? We think so. The biggest movers hailed from these 10 cities and towns:

1.    Denver
2.    Littleton
3.    Colorado Springs
4.    Aurora
5.    Fort Collins
6.    Arvada
7.    Englewood
8.    Longmont
9.    Grand Junction
10.    Broomfield

The Colorado Get Movin' Challenge, presented by our partner Kaiser Permanente, proved that kickstarting a healthier lifestyle doesn't need to be overwhelming or expensive.

The most popular activities logged by Coloradans were walking, running and biking. But gardening, dancing and swimming also made a good showing. On Facebook, fans chimed in about how the challenge helped them become more mindful of their daily activity and, consequently, their health.

LiveWell Colorado Get Movin' Challenge Ambassadors

More than 32 ambassadors, English and Spanish speakers, motivated Coloradans throughout the challenge with blogs and advice to get movin'. Even these active folks learned a lot from the challenge. Ambassador Jessica O'Connell said, "It was eye-opening! Even though I consider myself active, I realized the days I don't have a scheduled workout, I might not move for a full 30 minutes." 

MapMyFitness, a website and mobile application providing users with the ability to map, record, and share their exercise, allowed participants to monitor their progress – and stick to their goals – during the challenge. "I have a hard time getting myself ready to exercise," said participant Susan Hof. "This helped me to log in and see it."

By logging their various physical activities, participants were eligible to win great prizes such as running shirts, fitness monitors, King Soopers/City Market gift cards, a 2-night stay at the Curtis Hotel in Denver, a Vail Epic ski pass, and a Pedal the Plains entry, among other prizes. 

"Coloradans have proven that we are one of the most active states in the nation," said Gov. Hickenlooper. "Our collective commitment to get moving and becoming healthier is important to our whole state, including our economy. Congratulations to everyone who is working to have more healthy and active habits and for their pursuit of making Colorado the healthiest state."


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