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.

Millcreek

  • Population: 61,720
  • Designation Year: 2021
  • Millcreek wants every resident to have an equal opportunity to be healthy. To achieve this, Millcreek established the Millcreek Promise Program to create a safer, healthier community for all. The Promise Program plans events and service projects to increase access to healthy food, de-stigmatize mental health, and improve opportunities for outdoor recreation. Millcreek installed a futsal court in a portion of the city home to lower-income, immigrant, and refugee populations. Millcreek also partnered with the IRC New Roots Program to promote local food production and incentivize growing culturally appropriate foods. The city website has a resource page to inform residents of opportunities for healthy eating, active living, and improving mental health.
  • 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
    • Provided financial incentives for a grocery store to locate in an underserved area
  • Active Living:
    • Free and/or low-cost community sports/fitness programs for adults and children
    • Connected walking and biking trails
    • An active transportation plan
    • An ordinance that requires new subdivisions to provide sidewalks and lights
    • Conducted a walkability audit
    • Wayfinding signage that promotes active transportation
  • 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