Year: 2018

Happy, Healthy Holidays!

In this lovely holiday season, we celebrate with our family and friends the gifts and the traditions which mean so much to us. An important part of holidays is the festive food and drink. It wouldn’t be Christmas without hot chocolate, frosted cookies, roasted meats, and pies. As we enjoy these delicacies moderately, they add joy […]

Move Utah Summit: Active, Healthy, Connected Communities

In September, Get Healthy Utah partnered with the Utah Department of Transportation, UTA, the Utah Department of Health, and others to hold the first annual Move Utah Summit. The purpose of the summit was to bring together key members of the transportation, planning, and health sectors to focus on building active, healthy, and connected communities. There […]

Utah Kids Need Recess

While more than 90% of elementary schools participate in regularly scheduled recess during the school day, since the mid-2000s, up to 40% of school districts nationwide have reduced or cut recess. As the nation moves to put more emphasis on the importance of standardized test scores and insisting that students need more time during the […]

SNAC Marketing Competition

The SNAC marketing competition will be held in conjunction with the 2018 Higher Education Food Summit. Students will develop a marketing campaign that utilizes the results of the Utah Health Values Study and emphasizes the importance of fruit and vegetable consumption in maintaining and improving health. The Utah Health Values Study found that Utahns are […]

Eating Well Makes You Feel Good

Mental well-being is not just the absence of disease or mental illness. It is feeling good and functioning properly. It is being happy, feeling optimism, and having self-esteem. Good mental health also plays a role in our physical, social, and our economic well-being. In Utah in 2015, only 29.8% of adults reported eating fruit two […]

Better Social Connections = Better Health

In the December 2016 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, David Asch and Roy Rosin make a compelling argument for the role of friends and family in healthcare and behavior change.  They discuss 5 levels of social engagement strategies.  “This model reveals opportunities to advance health by taking advantage of naturally occurring social […]

Avoid Winter Weight Gain

Americans gain an average of 5-7 pounds in the winter.  This is due, in part, to a decrease in physical activity.  But don’t let cold weather stop you from being active!  In Utah there are lots of great outdoor opportunities to get physical activity and avoid winter weight gain.  As an added bonus, research shows […]