If you’ve just moved here to beautiful Colorado, welcome! There’s a reason everyone wants to move to Colorado – all around, it’s the best state! You have four seasons here, our economy is good and if you’re a lover of the great outdoors, you have a huge playground in your backyard!
Now that you’re here, or even if you’ve lived here a few years, there are a few things should know right away. This list is meant to help you not only get off to a good start in your new (or newish) state, but also to make sure you’re “in-the-know” with what most of us who’ve lived here for a while know.
1. Drink lots of water
The Denver Post reports that most of you moving here are coming from California, followed closely by Texas, Florida, Illinois and Arizona. So, you may not be aware, but when you’re living at a higher elevation, you really need to make sure you’re staying properly hydrated. It’s dryer here, plus the higher you are the greater it effects your body. If you’re one of those people who spends all morning drinking coffee and then switches to alcohol in the evening, you might want to try to track your water intake to ensure you’re drinking enough.
2. Get a little acclimated to the altitude before hiking in the mountains
If you’re from the Midwest, the plains or the coast, you might be excited to head up into the mountains and experience that fresh mountain air – but beware of how you are feeling… it may lead to altitude sickness, which occurs when you can’t get enough oxygen from the air, if you get up there too fast. This is another area where it’s so important to make sure you’re drinking enough water. It also helps to make sure you’re eating enough. It will help to keep you from experiencing altitude sickness.
3. Be careful of the amount of alcohol you drink
It will affect you quicker at this altitude. Alcohol interferes with your body’s ability to absorb oxygen. So again, drink lots of water while you’re drinking. You may not feel it right away, but you’ll feel it. So, take it easy when you first get here.
4. Because of the altitude, you could burn quick – use sunscreen
You’re a lot closer to the sun here, so be aware of melanoma. Wear sunscreen every day, even on the rare cloudy days. You’ll probably want to make sure you have your skin checked at least once a year – later in this blog post, we’ll tell you where you can get that done for free!
5. Colorado is obsessed with the Denver Broncos
Better get used to it now. If you don’t like football, we guarantee that within a few years you’ll have watched more football than all the years of your life combined before moving here. Basically, if you want to have a social life during the fall, you’re going to have to watch a few Denver Broncos games.
6. People here take their health very seriously
In Colorado, health and wellness is always in fashion. We are one of the healthiest states after all. With all the outdoor activities and farmer’s markets, Coloradans know that there’s really no excuse not to take care of themselves. Most people here are generally good about meal prep or other forms of healthy lunches, so don’t be surprised to see your coworkers brown-bagging it or heading to Mad Greens versus McDonalds. So, if you want to fit in… well, you’ll see.
7. Attend a 9Health Fair
Remember when we mentioned there was a place to get a free skin screening check? Well, it’s your neighborhood 9Health Fair! Not only can you get a free skin screening there, but you can get several other affordable health screenings courtesy of our volunteer medical professionals. For example, $35 gets you a 28-panel health check that would cost over $200 at a medical facility. 9Health Fairs run in the spring and the fall.
8. It’s easy to make friends here
Coloradans are generally very friendly. If you’re looking for a way to meet new people quickly, consider volunteering. Not only is it a great way to make friends, but it will also give you an opportunity to learn more about your new community. Here at 9Health Fair, we’re always looking for volunteers!