By, Greg Bell (Originally Published 2/17/17 in the Deseret News) “If you have your health you have everything.” Or so we’ve always heard. Good health is foundational to many important things in life — work, maintaining your home and yard, playing with your kids and grandchildren, active leisure, traveling and touring, serving others and myriad […]READ MORE >>
WHAT IS GET HEALTHY UTAH?
Get Healthy Utah is a collaborative effort aimed at reducing obesity through improved healthy eating and active living. Nationally, nearly 17% of children and more than 30% of adults are currently considered obese — putting them at heightened risk for a wide range of health problems. In Utah, the rate among adults is slightly less (25%). However, without significant changes in our approach to addressing obesity, the rate is projected to increase to 46% by 2050. That is 1.7 million Utahns!
Currently, obesity is one of the biggest healthcare cost drivers — adding up to billions of dollars in preventable spending each year in the United States. In Utah the projected cost for diabetes could increase to $1.8 billion by 2050 if we don’t take action to reverse the trend.
According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, if we fail to change the course of the nation’s obesity epidemic, the current generation of young people may be the first in American history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. No one group or organization can successfully address this problem alone. It will take the work of individuals, families, communities, faith-based groups, schools, workplaces, health systems - all of us - to build a healthy Utah. Get Healthy Utah is working to build public will, align activities, and engage Utahns as a community to improve health and quality of life.