Get Healthy Utah Blog

7th and 8th Grade Utah Students Need Art, PE, and Health

Get Healthy Utah is concerned over the Utah School Board of Education 2017 decision to eliminate the requirement for health, PE, and art in 7th and 8th grades.  The research is clear.  Health, physical education, and physical activity benefit students.  In fact, research has shown positive relationships between physical activity and academic achievement, test scores, […]

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Get Healthy Utah Values Study: Utahns are not as healthy as they think

  Utahns are in denial.  In the first ever Utah Health Values Study (2017), Utahns underestimated the level of overweight and obesity in Utah.   On average, Utahns think only 45% of people in Utah are overweight or obese.  In reality the rate in 2016 was closer to 60%. Utahns incorrectly categorized their own weight.  For […]

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Results of the First Ever Get Healthy Utah Values Study

In 2016 Get Healthy Utah contracted with Envision Utah and Heart+Mind Strategies to conduct the Get Healthy Utah Values Study.  This study is the first of its kind to look at values related to healthy behaviors.  The values research process began with in-depth in interviewing in December 2016.  These interviews explored thought patterns and associations […]

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Make Now the Time to Get Healthy

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 […]

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Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice on the Job

by, Monica Whalen, Utah President, Mountain States Employers Council It’s been one month since New Year’s Day. How are you doing on keeping your resolutions for a healthier lifestyle? Are you still getting up an hour earlier to fit in that workout? Are you still planning ahead to prepare healthy home-cooked meals? It can be a […]

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People Powered: 2017 Utah Bike Summit

Active transportation (human powered forms of travel such as walking, cycling, skating, etc.) provides a number of benefits to individuals and communities.  Study show that cities with more active transportation infrastructure have lower rates of obesity than cities with no active transit.1  Regular biking has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and […]

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Get Healthy Utah: A Personal Perspective

Get Healthy Utah – just another cattle prod to get us to eat better, right. . . NO! From inside Get Healthy Utah I can say without reservation that the intent is pure, worthy, and should be considered: it is what it suggests–educational.  Utahns clearly need to become healthier or pay the price, a huge […]

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TravelWise

There are small things we can all do improve air quality, optimize mobility, and conserve energy.  TravelWise, an initiative of the Utah Department of Transportation, invites Utahns to rethink their trip by driving less and driving smarter. There are many benefits including improved energy use, mobility, air quality, and health.  Over the last two decades, […]

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2016 Pedestrian Safety Summit: Walking Together

This October, over 150 participants attended the first annual Pedestrian Safety Summit: Walking Together.  The summit was an opportunity for design, health, and safety professionals to come together and share understanding, opportunities, and successes in improving pedestrian safety and experience in Utah.  Topics included the state’s Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, Student Neighborhood Access Program, safety […]

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Do-It-Yourself Tips to Boost Your Recovery from Depression

By, Lynn Johnson, PhD Depression is an epidemic and costs our society around $210 billion each year.[1] We have more counselors than ever, and primary care physicians have become skilled at medicating these depressed, suffering individuals. Yet, the majority of depressed persons are not being effectively treated.[2] There are lots of possible reasons.  Younger people […]

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Walking School Buses Can Improve Physical Activity and Safety

Walking and biking to school can help improve physical activity of children and parents.  Parents are often concerned with the safety of children getting to and from school. Providing adult supervision can help ease those worries for families who are within walking or biking distance to school. A Walking School Bus is a great way to […]

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Eat More Fruits and Vegetables This Summer

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in addition to providing essential nutrients, fruits and vegetables help with weight management and lower the risk of developing many chronic conditions.  In Utah, only 34% of adults get two or more servings of fruit each day and even fewer (17.5%) get three or more servings […]

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Utah Leaders for Health Stakeholder Retreat

May Stakeholder Retreat a Success

On May 26, 2016 Get Healthy Utah held a Stakeholder Retreat.  We were pleased to have 85 people from over 50 organizations participate, including representatives from healthcare systems, public health, workplaces, government entities, school groups, and many others. Lt. Governor Spencer Cox gave a keynote address about the challenges and benefits of living a healthy […]

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ITSMeals at Provo School District

A watermelon Cheshire Cat and a cantaloupe fish are just two of the creative photos you will see on ITSMeals, Provo City School District's Facebook page. The Provo City School District Child Nutrition Program has received the Best of State Award for six consecutive years. It consistently goes above and beyond to promote nutrition and […]

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Davis School District’s Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

Imagine a vocabulary lesson that gets kids to shake, twist, and jog. Topsy Turvy instructs teachers to write astronomical vocabulary words and corresponding physical activities on the board (Constellation = shake; Sun = twist;  Galaxy = jog in place).  When the teacher reads a definition, students perform the activity associated with the correct word. This […]

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