City of 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.

Strategies Selected


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

Connected walking and biking trails

Provided guidance on joint-use agreements for facilities 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