Health and Wellness
Already home to the fittest and leanest population, due to active lifestyles and access to the outdoors, Colorado is building health and wellness into the state brand and aims to be the healthiest state in the nation. The state is collaborating with the public and private sectors, as well as nonprofit foundations like the Colorado Health Foundation and Live Well Colorado. With more than 253,000 health and wellness workers across the state and a $11.3 billion annual payroll, the health and wellness industry has a compelling economic impact within Colorado.
Every corner of Colorado has local innovators and regional leaders in health and wellness. Grand Junction is a national model for efficient healthcare and innovation in efficient health and wellness. Pueblo is focusing on creating regional centers of excellence for healthcare to support southern Colorado and surrounding states. Northern Colorado’s Poudre Valley Health System and the Heart Center of the Rockies are regional leaders. Pockets of innovation in health and wellness also bolster regional economies in the Upper Arkansas Valley, Western Slope and Eastern Plains.
There is expansive growth at the Fitzsimons Life Science District and the adjacent Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The 578-acre-site is the largest medical-related redevelopment in the United States and the world’s only completely new research, education, and patient care complex.
Colorado is moving at a rapid pace to further advance our culture of health. The Colorado Center for Health and Wellness is under construction at the Anschutz Medical Campus and is set to become the nation’s go-to-source for information and programs in the battle to reverse the upward trend of childhood and adult obesity.
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