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From Teen Sex to Eating Vegetables: Best & Worst Grades in Colo. Health Report

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The 2016 Colorado Health Report card is out, and in general, the marks are pretty good — particularly if you're young.

As was the case last year, the study, assembled by folks with the Colorado Institute of Health and the Colorado Health Foundation,  shows that the state is doing better on child and adolescent issues than those relating to seniors.

There's definite room for improvement even when it comes to some youth-related matters— but in one important area, Colorado is doing better than any other state.

Look below to see eleven photo-illustrated categories looking at adolescence how Colorado compared to the rest of the country in both 2014 and 2015. They're followed by the complete report.

Number 11:
92.3 percent of adolescents ate vegetables one or more times during the past seven days.

Rank among states in 2015: 41
Rank among states in 2014: 41

Number 10:
8.5 percent of adolescents are not covered by private or public health insurance.

Rank among states in 2015: 38
Rank among states in 204: 41

Number 9:
17.7 percent of adolescents live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level.

Rank among states in 2015: 21
Rank among states in 2014: 12

Number 8:
Teen fertility rate (23.4 births to teen mothers per 1,000 teenage females).

Rank among states in 2015: 18
Rank among states in 2014: 19

Number 7:
16.6 percent of adolescents had five or more drinks of alcohol in a row on one or more of the past 30 days.

Rank among states in 2015: 17
Rank among states in 2014: 17

Continue to learn more about Colorado's best and worst grades in the new health report card from the Colorado Institute of Health and the Colorado Health Foundation.

Number 6:
49.1 percent of adolescents participated in vigorous physical activity on five or more of the past seven days.

Rank among states in 2015: 13
Rank among states in 2014: 13

Number 5:
10.7 percent of adolescents smoked cigarettes on one or more of the past 30 days.

Rank among states in 2015: 10
Rank among states in 2014: 10

Number 4:
24.3 percent of adolescents felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for two consecutive weeks during the past 12 months that they stopped doing some usual activities.

Rank among states in 2015: 9
Rank among states in 2014: 9

Number 3:
6.6 percent of adolescents attempted suicide one or more times during the past 12 months.

Rank among states in 2015: 7
Rank among states in 2014: 7

Number 2:
Among students who had sexual intercourse during the past three months, 63.7 percent reported using a condom during last sexual intercourse.

Rank among states in 2015: 3
Rank among states in 2014: 3

Number 1:
23.3 percent of adolescents were sexually active in the past three months.

Rank among states in 2015: 1
Rank among states in 2014: 1


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