A recent report shows Colorado on track to more than double its obesity rate within 20 years. That could mean billions of dollars more in health care costs unless the trend begins to reverse. Aspen Public Radio‘s Luke Runyon reports.

One out of every five adults in Colorado is obese now. Which [...]

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Pueblo’s City Council decides to vote October 9th on benefits for domestic partners…The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $200-thousand dollar grant to conduct a feasibility study on locating a spaceport in Denver.

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Pueblo’s City Council plans to vote on the issue October 9th.

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September is Fruit and Veggies, More Matters month. Joining us for our Healthy Conversation is Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth North, a registered dietician at Evans Army Community Hospital. We begin by talking about just how many servings of fruit and vegetables we’re supposed to get in a day.

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Rev. Michael O. Minor’s decision to ban fried chicken from his Baptist church was so radical that, eventually the White House heard about it.

And, says Minor, “People started tasting the home cooked flavor of [healthier] grilled and baked chicken and started doing it at home.”

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Colorado Springs voters yesterday overwhelmingly approved plans to lease city-owned Memorial Health System to University of Colorado Health…Residents in and around the Waldo Canyon burn area looking to purchase flood insurance should do so before September 8th in order to take advantage of a waiting-period waiver…Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton was recently chosen to build and operate the next Mars Spacecraft.

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The final tally of deaths associated with a 2011 listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe from Jensen Farms in Southeast Colorado has increased to 33…Crews are battling a growing wildfire burning in beetle-killed forests in remote northwestern Larimer County near the Wyoming border.

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Cyclists were about an hour ahead of schedule today as they rode into Colorado Springs on the 5th stage of the USA Pro Challenge…Colorado Highway 67 between Florence and Wetmore has reopened…Colorado health officials are reporting 12 people hospitalized for West Nile virus.

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As the number of Americans tipping the obesity scale grows, another battle over the bulges has emerged: How much should public policy control the collective diet?

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has confirmed a 4th case of West Nile Virus in the state today, but drought is helping keep numbers low across Colorado overall…Officials are beginning the bidding process for aerial mulching over portions of the Waldo Canyon burn zone.

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August is designated as National Breastfeeding Month, drawing attention to the natural, physical way in which mothers nourish their children. For this month’s Healthy Conversation, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin is joined by nurse and board certified lactation consultant Lori Yoshimiya from Evans Army Community Hospital to talk about the process, challenges, and very personal nature [...]

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The goal of this year’s Colorado Health Symposium was to address issues related to equity in access to health care. Yesterday, we heard from Dr. Jeff Brenner, who pioneered so-called hotspot research and looked into the relationship between zip codes and health care. Today, we’ll hear a conversation between Carol McKinley of Continue Reading

The goal of this year’s Colorado Health Symposium was to address issues related to equity in access to health care. The conference was held last week in Keystone, and brought together hundreds of health care professionals and policy makers from Colorado and beyond. Colorado Public News was there, and this week we’re bringing you [...]

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The goal of this year’s Colorado Health Symposium was to address issues related to equity in access to health care. The conference was held last week in Keystone, and brought together hundreds of health care professionals and policy makers from Colorado and beyond. Colorado Public News was there, and this week we’re [...]

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Pushed to the max in stressful situations, firefighters face a risk of sudden cardiac death that is three times higher than the rest of the population…The Gill Foundation this morning announced a $1.3 million gift to Rocky Mountain PBS by donating its Colorado Springs building to the media outlet.

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Another round of layoffs has hit prisons in southern Colorado, this time coming from the private company Corrections Corporation of America, the Pueblo Chieftain reports…and, the Supreme Court is set any day now to rule on the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s health care legislation. Yet a poll shows about a third of Americans are worrying about a piece of the bill that isn’t even there.

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As the Supreme Court is about to rule on the constitutionality of the health care law, one-third of Americans are worrying about a part of the legislation that isn’t there…In Colorado, though, none of the state’s four Republicans in Congress say the law provides for a board of bureaucrats who would decide who will live or die.

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Two days after firefighters contained a blaze in Park County, another fire two miles west of Lake George has broken out…As firefighters continue to fight the High Park Fire near Fort Collins, other parts of the state are beginning to feel the effects…A portion of South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs will be closed for the next few days.

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Prompted by 180,000 unnecessary deaths per year in U.S. hospitals, a new listing of hospital safety scores finds most of the 33 rated in Colorado don’t make the top grade.

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An increasing number of Coloradans are filing for bankruptcy in the wake of high medical costs. One Harvard study shows that medical-related problems contribute to as many as 60 percent of bankruptcies nationwide.

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Colorado boasts the least obese population in the country, but Governor John Hickenlooper told a crowd in Aspen earlier this week he’s now trying to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation…Regional airports throughout Colorado will share 15.6 million dollars in funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation, including airports in Lamar and LaJunta…The Veterans Association is closer to deciding on a location for a new national cemetery in El Paso County.

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June is Men’s Health Month. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin recently sat down with Lt. Col. Dave Haight, who is an Army Family Practice Physician at Fort Carson, to talk about some of the less obvious reasons to pay attention to men’s health.

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Centers for Disease Control: Men’s Health
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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney visited Craig in northwestern Colorado…Medical marijuana advocates in Colorado are trying to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions for which doctors can prescribe the treatment…Around 400 firefighters and five helicopters are battling an eight-square-mile wildfire near the Utah border…A California soldier assigned to Fort Carson has been killed in Afghanistan.

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · President Obama spoke about airstrikes in Syria on Tuesday morning, moments before he left for New York for the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · “There is such a thing as being too late,” President Obama says in his address to the U.N. Climate Summit. The White House is touting tools to boost “global resilience” in the face of climate change.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · Sarah Waters’ spellbinding novel — about two women in 1920s London — is no simple period piece. Waters is a superb storyteller with a gift for capturing the layered nuances of character and mood.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · Making challah for the Jewish New Year lets the baker take a moment to reflect on life’s blessings. The bread can be shaped into the traditional round, or a lion or bird to echo Bible verses.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · The firestorm kicked off by a New York Times analysis of TV’s most successful black female showrunner mostly highlights how some struggle to handle new voices taking over the cultural conversation.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · Much like the duo’s previous soundtracks for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network, the Gone Girl score is extraordinarily creepy.
 

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September 23, 2014 | WXPN · Hear songs from the Mercury Prize-winning British band’s new album, This Is All Yours.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · In a slowly enveloping track for harp, guitar and synth, director Naomi Yang (Galaxie 500, Damon & Naomi) explores the “remnants of what has been lost and what remains.”
 

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