CASE STUDIES

CASE STUDIES

Schools

Evidence-Based Strategies:

  • » Require daily physical activity during school for all students.
  • » Encourage school districts to promote physical activity programs before, during, and after school.
  • » Encourage parents and teachers to use non-food rewards in the classroom and offer nutritious foods for all extracurricular activities and fundraisers.
  • » Increase participation in school breakfast and lunch programs.

Healthy bodies, healthy minds.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds is an innovative and successful program designed to increase physical activity. Students and teachers start the day with a 10 minute activity break and take an additional break in the afternoon to get kids moving and stimulate their brains. Evaluations show that students who participate in the program have increased test scores and better performance in class. Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds provides schools with the tools they need to improve the health, well-being, and academic achievement of Utah students.

“Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds engages the students and helps them to get an active start to the day. Because students are more focused and get more out of their lessons we are not losing the time it takes to do the activity breaks, we are gaining time. Schools should give Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds a try and see the results for themselves.”
— ROBERT KINGHORN
PRINCIPAL, WASATCH ELEMENTARY
DAVIS SCHOOL DISTRICT
“Kids in my class love Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds and look forward to it every day. We spend the first 10 minutes of the day doing physical activity and then the kids are ready to go! I find I spend less time giving instructions, the kids wiggle less, and have fewer behavior problems. In the long run, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds saves me time.”
— JAYLENE REDFORD
6TH GRADE TEACHER, PARKSIDE ELEMENTARY
DAVIS SCHOOL DISTRICT

Workplaces

Evidence-Based Strategies:

  • » Promote physical activity for employees.
  • » Adopt policies that ensure healthy food options are available on-site such as cafeteria and vending machine options as well as for all on-site meetings.
  • » Establish or maintain a worksite wellness council to improve the health and wellbeing of employees.

BD & 1-800-Contacts

On average, Americans working full-time spend more than one-third of their day, five days per week at work. Workplaces have the opportunity to foster a healthy environment and promote healthy behaviors for employees.

A culture that supports the health and wellness of employees not only positively impacts indirect costs such as absenteeism and worker productivity, but it can also lower direct costs such as insurance premiums.

BD, which employs over 1,000 Utahns, has worksite wellness policies to support healthy eating for employees. Healthy options are clearly marked in vending machines, fresh and healthy foods are available in employee breakrooms, and a daily salad bar is in the center of the on-site cafeteria.

At 1-800 Contacts, the worksite wellness program aims to improve employee satisfaction and provide easy access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity. Employees are encouraged to bike to work and have access to a secure bike room with a fully stocked tune-up station. While all meals at the on-site cafeteria are subsidized, employees who choose healthy or fitness inspired meals get wellness points which add up to prizes.

“If a worksite is interested in starting a wellness program, start small and figure out what your employees want and need. A successful wellness program improves employee satisfaction and helps you recruit and retain employees. As an employer, you have the opportunity to take away some of the excuses and difficulty for people to be active and eat right.”
— BEKAH COFFEY
WELLNESS & SAFETY MANAGER, 1-800-CONTACTS

Communities

Evidence-Based Strategies:

  • » Provide affordable or free recreation activities.
  • » Promote safe walking and biking in neighborhoods and communities.
  • » Increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • » Support land use development policies that preserve and promote open spaces for recreation, physical activity, and community gardens.

Community Gardens

Community gardens have been shown to improve access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables. Working in a community garden can also increase physical activity for the gardener. A recent study in Salt Lake City showed that both women and men community gardeners had significantly lower body mass indexes than did their neighbors who were not in the community gardening program.

“There’s a lot of reasons I like gardening, it makes me feel good . . . Sometimes you feel overwhelmed and you can go out to your garden and see your plants, and it help[s] you feel like you can forget the things that worry you. I save money [and it] makes me get healthy food.”
— BEL
A gardener with New Roots and Wasatch Community Gardens
“My parents can exercise. We can grow fresh vegetables. We can eat healthy.”
— PRABINA
A gardener with New Roots and Wasatch Community Gardens