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A local resident takes a run Wednesday afternoon near Colorado Highway 394 and Ranney St. in Craig. Moffat County Commissioners and area health officials on Tuesday explored ways to encourage positive lifestyle habits in the community following the April release of concerning statistics from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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Moffat County officials discuss encouraging healthier lifestyles

Last month Lisa Brown, chief executive officer of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, presented the Moffat County Commission with startling statistics about the health behaviors of local residents. According to County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a report compiled by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Moffat County residents ranked 50th out of 59 Colorado counties in regards to overall health. Even more concerning, Moffat County ranked dead last in the health behaviors category, which rates residents on certain lifestyle choices such as substance abuse, exercise and diet.

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