"I started to focus more on quality and quantity of food intake and have lost 15 pounds. The community health worker gave me the information I needed to make the change. I think offering the free screening, getting the word out, and making sure people know about it is really important."
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Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions is a statewide program that aims to prevent, detect and control cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Community health workers (CHW), hired by local public health agencies, clinics, hospitals and other health organizations, provide screenings, referrals and ongoing support to members of their communities at no cost. Screening includes a brief health history, height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. For those at-risk, referrals are made to local healthcare clinics and healthy living programs. CHWs also help participants set and achieve realistic health goals. They offer participants the opportunity to engage in the community resources such as walking groups and nutrition programs. To demonstrate improvements in health and reinforce behavior change, CHWs provide retesting once a year.
To find your local CHW and a list of resources in your area, select your county from the list below.