Get Healthy Utah is excited to partner with the Utah League of Cities and Towns to support Healthy Utah Community, a new designation program for cities and towns. This program is designed to highlight the work being done in communities throughout Utah to support and improve the health of residents. We hope you will apply and are excited to see what your community is doing to help all residents reach their full potential and live healthy lives!
Application deadlines are March 1st (to be recognized in April) and August 1st (to be recognized in September).
A community coalition is a group of people and organizations with a common interest working together toward a common goal. Having different perspectives and viewpoints represented in a community coalition ensures that all voices are heard, and the needs of all residents are represented. Improving the health of a community cannot be done with a single individual or organization, partnerships are essential!
Required Criteria: My community has a coalition made up of diverse stakeholders that actively work to improve the health of the community.
Please attach (1) a list of your coalition members and (2) 2 months of meeting minutes from your coalition over the past year. Multiple files can be uploaded at the same time.
To effectively improve the health and wellbeing of communities and residents, it will take multiple organizations, sectors, and leaders coming together to engage in meaningful collaboration. Working together ensures that resources are shared, different populations are recognized, efforts are not duplicated, and strategies are more sustainable.
Access to healthy foods is linked to a lower risk of obesity and other chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. Only 14% of Utahns consume the recommended amount of vegetables, and only 35% eat the recommended amount of fruit each day. Many Utahns do not have access to affordable, healthy food and as many as 135,000 children in Utah are food insecure. However, communities can come together to make changes that make it easier for residents to access healthy food.
Many Utah residents, including half of adults, do not get the recommended amount of physical activity each day. Physical inactivity can lead to obesity, chronic health conditions, increased healthcare costs, and even poor mental health. The good news is that changes in the built environment can make it easier for residents to be physically active.
Each year 1 in 5 Utahns experience a mental illness. Mental wellness can be impacted by a variety of factors including social interaction, physical activity, and nutrition. Increasing education and awareness around mental health can improve the overall well-being of community members.