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Jul 10, 2013 12:24 AM by Connie Murphy

Colorado launching statewide health challenge

DENVER (AP) - While Colorado has one of the lowest obesity rates in the nation, more than half the state's residents are overweight or obese.

On Thursday, Gov. John Hickenlooper plans to announce a statewide challenge using online tools, giveaways and community support to encourage Coloradans to be more active, whether they walk, dance, garden, do yoga or something else.

The Get Movin' challenge by the nonprofit organization LiveWell Colorado will allow residents go online to log their daily physical activity from Aug. 1-30. Participants who log 30 days of activity with an average of at least 30 minutes daily in that time will get a free shirt. Those who log 15-29 days of activity, with an average of 30 minutes of activity daily, will get a hat.

Any participant is eligible for drawings for prizes including an Epic Pass for Vail Resorts Inc.'s ski areas or an entry in the Pedal The Plains bicycle tour in eastern Colorado.

People can start registering Thursday.

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