Mission and History

Get Healthy Utah is a non-profit organization working to improve healthy eating and active living in Utah through system-level change.

The mission of Get Healthy Utah is to create a culture of health through engaging multi-sector stakeholders, building partnerships, providing resources, and connecting efforts that support healthy eating and active living.

Get Healthy Utah recognizes that complex health issues can only be addressed adequately through partnerships and collaboration. By aligning efforts across sectors, we are better able to get results. We understand that policy, systems, and environmental changes are key to creating a culture of health in Utah and we know that opportunities to be healthy are not equally accessible to all Utahns. We must focus on changes that create equitable opportunities to improve health and wellness for all.

At Get Healthy Utah, we work with schools, workplaces, and communities to create lasting changes that improve health. We advocate for sound policies, align efforts across sectors, and address problems at the system-level. Reach out to learn how we can help you achieve your goals.

Our History

Utah Leaders for Health was formed within the Utah Department of Health. Stakeholders from a variety of sectors interested in improving the health of Utahns including business, university, public health, health care, and government convened periodically. Two subcommittee groups (Healthy Eating and Active Living) were formed.

2013-2014

  • Greg Bell, CEO of the Utah Hospital Association, was asked to chair the organization.  Utah Leaders for Health was pulled out of the Utah Department of Health and established as a non-profit organization.
  • A Stakeholders Retreat was facilitated by Envision Utah. Nearly 50 key leaders from throughout the state met in groups and brainstormed strategies to improving nutrition and physical activity.
  • Sarah Hodson, MS was hired as the Executive Director.
2015

  • Utah Leaders for Health changed its name to Get Healthy Utah.
  • The 2nd Annual Get Healthy Utah Stakeholder Retreat was held.  Over 80 participants representing a variety of sectors met to discuss strategies for moving forward.
  • Get Healthy Utah contracted with Envision Utah and Heart+Mind Strategies to conduct the first ever Utah Health Values Study. Focus groups and an online survey were administered to a representative group of Utahns.
2016

  • The 3rd Annual Get Healthy Utah Stakeholders Retreat was held.  Over 100 participants learned about the Get Healthy Utah Values Study results and how to implement the findings in their own work.
  • Get Healthy Utah joined the United Way Promise Partnership Regional Council and began facilitating the work of the Health Initiative Team.
  • Get Healthy Utah was involved in policy success related to the Utah Childcare Licensing Rule,  7th and 8th Grade PE Rule Change, and the Utah PTA Non-Food Reward Policy.
  • Get Healthy Utah received funding from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
2017

  • The 4th Annual Get Healthy Utah Stakeholders Retreat was held.  Over 120 participants attended and learned about the National Diabetes Prevention Program and the Small Steps for Better Health Toolkit.
  • Get Healthy Utah provided $20,000 in essential funding for the Double Up Food Bucks Program.
  • Get Healthy Utah received funding from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
2018

  • The 5th Annual Get Healthy Utah Stakeholder Retreat was held.  Over 140 participants learned about the Health Improvement Index and how we can work together better to address social determinants of health.
  • Get Healthy Utah worked to support the approval of the updated Core Standards for Health Education.
  • Get Healthy Utah received funding from the Utah Cancer Action Network.
  • Get Healthy Utah received funding from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
  • Get Healthy Utah worked on Best Practice for Recess Guidelines with the Utah State Board of Education.
2019

  • Get Healthy Utah secured ongoing funding from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
  • In partnership with the Utah League of Cities and Towns, introduced the Healthy Utah Community designation program.
  • Established the Get Healthy Utah Advisory Council.
  • Get Healthy Utah provided fresh fruits and vegetables to students in five school districts throughout Utah.
  • Get Healthy Utah worked with Kem C. Gardner Institute and Utah League of Cities and Towns to survey municipal leaders on their perspectives of community health.
2020

  • Alysia Ducuara, MS, was hired as Executive Director.
  • The 7th Annual Get Healthy Utah Stakeholder Retreat was held in-person and socially-distanced. Participants learned from local experts how to improve healthy eating and physical activity through a systems-level approach.
  • Get Healthy Utah received new funding from the Utah Department of Health to promote access to the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
  • Get Healthy Utah continued to promote the Healthy Utah Community designation.
2021