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.

Kanab

  • Population: 4,798
  • Designation Year: Fall 2021
  • For a relatively small city, Kanab is brimming with fitness amenities that the whole community enjoys, such as tennis courts, trails, a skate park, and a track. The city also sponsors free community events, including nutrition classes and fitness workshops that are accessible to all residents. To promote healthy eating, Kanab grocery stores offer healthy checkout lanes featuring nutritious snacks. Kanab also provides medication disposal services and free gunlocks to community members to help prevent mental health crises. To engage families in health, Kanab organized a healthy school competition between elementary school students and their parents. Pedometers were handed out to track steps for 20 days, ultimately recording over 27 million steps! The program was so successful, Kanab is making it an annual event.
  • Collaboration:
    • A relationship with the local health department
    • Health-related objectives in the general plan
  • Access to Healthy Food:
    • Healthy checkout lanes at grocery stores
  • Active Living:
    • Free and/or low-cost community sports/fitness programs for adults and children
    • 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
    • Medication disposal services, locations, or programs
    • Gun locks available for free for community members