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.
All cities/towns must have a community coalition and at least 6 other strategies
My Community Has:(A minimum of one from this category is required)
A written guideline that promotes active transportation/physical activity for city employees (E.G. promoting walking meetings,providing bike racks, paying for transit passes, release time for physical activity)
Adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Because many adults spend a large part of their day at work, workplaces can help employees meet the requirements to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Workplaces that promote active living are more likely to experience reduced turnover, improved morale, and reduced healthcare costs. A written guideline can support an organization’s efforts to create a healthy environment. The guidelines can include goals and recommendations as well as an assessment process.
Get Healthy Utah Worksite Wellness Policies
Utah Department of Health Worksite Wellness Policy Resource
Utah Health Improvement Plan Worksite Wellness Toolkit
Utah Worksite Wellness Council Resourcess
Free and/or low-cost community sports/fitness programs for adults and children
Programs can be offered in a variety of settings (recreation center, senior center, library, parks, etc.) to meet the needs of residents. There is strong evidence that low-cost community fitness programs can improve health by increasing social interaction, accountability, and accessibility.
Signage for “healthy” parking spots at city/town facilities
Small changes throughout the day can have an impact on health. Healthy parking spots are designated areas farther away from the facilities to encourage people to be more active by walking a little farther.
Conducted a walkability audit
A walkability audit is a simple way to assess the infrastructure, conditions, barriers, perceptions, and positive aspects of streets. Walkability audits can help you determine how walkable a route is and find ways to make walking safer, more accessible, and more comfortable. Local health departments can serve as a resource for conducting walkability audits.
Connected walking and biking trails
Connected trails make it easier for people to walk and bike. Connecting trails to places people already go, such as schools and workplaces, helps residents be more active in their daily lives.
Bike Utah Utah Active Transportation Benefits Study
National Conference of State Legislatures Encouraging Bicycling and Walking
Rails to Trails Conservancy
TrailLink Utah’s Golden Spoke
Utah Department of Transportation Move Utah
Wasatch Front Regional Council
Provided guidance on joint-use agreements for facilities in our community that can be used for physical activity
Joint use agreements increase the opportunity for physical activity by allowing organizations (such as schools and churches) to share indoor and outdoor spaces with the community for physical activity. Communities often have limited funding, space, and other resources. Working together can help combine resources for greater impact.
An active transportation plan
Active transportation plans include strategies to ensure options for biking, walking, and transit in communities. Within the plans you can include recommendations for prioritization on infrastructure improvements, policies, and processes.
Look here to see if your community has an active transportation plan.
An ordinance that requires new subdivisions to provide sidewalks and lights
Safe, well-lit sidewalks provide access for residents to walk in neighborhoods and communities. When sidewalks are maintained all members of the community, regardless of age or ability, can be more physically active.
Wayfinding signage that promotes active transportation
Wayfinding signage can promote active transportation by guiding pedestrians and bicyclists to safe routes to a variety of destinations. Wayfinding helps people feel more comfortable navigating streets and trail systems and connecting to transit.
America Walks Create a Pedestrian Wayfinding System
CDC Prompts to Encourage Physical Activity
CDC Strategies for Health-Oriented Transportation
Jordan River Commission Wayfinding Signage
Park RX Utah
Projects and Policies Promote Active Transportation
Safe Routes Utah
Walk Your City
Is your community doing other things that you think may qualify you for the Healthy Utah Community designation? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.