Healthy Utah Community

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 designation recognizes communities across Utah that do an exemplary job of implementing evidence-based strategies to improve community health.

Blanding

  • Population: 3,600
  • Designation Year: Spring 2022
  • To safeguard health, Blanding promotes transportation that’s non-polluting and reduces fossil fuel consumption. It is home to a pedestrian and bicycle system that connects with county and regional trails, allowing ample opportunities for active transportation and exercise. Several companies in the city provide their employees with annual passes to the city's recreation center, further promoting opportunities to be healthy. Blanding also focuses on building resiliency and improving mental health. The community started a campaign called “Let’s Do This” to reduce youth substance abuse and suicide by increasing family engagement.
  • Collaboration:
    • A relationship with the local health department
    • Health-related objectives in the general plan
  • Access to Healthy Food:
    • A community garden
  • Active Living:
    • Free and/or low-cost community sports/fitness programs for adults and children
    • An active transportation plan
    • An ordinance that requires new subdivisions to provide sidewalks and lights
    • Provided guidance on joint-use agreements for facilities in their community that can be used for physical activity
  • Mental Health:
    • At least one evidence-based program or inititiative that provides education, awareness, and training to community members around mental health
    • Promoted the use of the SafeUT app in schools and other community centers
    • Medication disposal services, locations, or programs
    • Gun locks available for free for community members