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.

Heber

  • Population: 17,093
  • Designation Year: Fall 2021
  • During the pandemic, Heber City proactively addressed COVID-19 by contacting all citizens who tested positive, were hospitalized, or lost employment because of the virus, and then leveraged programs and grants to meet their needs. To ensure access to food, Heber City hosts a farmers market that accepts SNAP benefits, is planning a community garden, and organizes healthy meal deliveries for residents at Thanksgiving and Christmas. There are also ample opportunities for physical activity. The city has numerous walking and biking trails, and has a goal to build a park within walking distance of every neighborhood.
  • Collaboration:
    • A relationship with the local health department
    • A resource page on their website to assist in accessing healthy foods, physical activity, and mental health resources
    • A moderate income housing plan
    • Health-related objectives in the general plan
  • Access to Healthy Food:
    • A farmers market that accepts SNAP benefits
    • A community garden
    • A written requirement addressing healthy food and beverage choices in city/town-owned/managed facilities
    • Healthy meal deliveries at Thanksgiving/Christmas
  • Active Living:
    • Connected walking and biking trails
    • 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
    • Wayfinding signage that promotes active transportation
  • Mental Health:
    • Offered Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) trainings
    • 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