Heber City

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.

Strategies Selected

Collaboration

A relationship with the local health department

A resources page on website to assist in accessing healthy food, physical activity, and mental health resources

Health-related objectives in the general plan

A moderate income housing plan

Access to Healthy Food

A farmers market that accepts SNAP benefits

A written requirement addressing healthy food and beverage choices in city/town-owned/managed facilities

Healthy meal deliveries at Thanksgiving/Christmas

Community garden in development

Active Living

Connected walking and biking trails

Provided guidance on joint-use agreements for facilities that can be used for physical activity

An active transportation plan

An ordinance that requires new subdivisions to provide sidewalks and lights

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