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.

Nephi

  • Population: 6,824
  • Designation Year: Fall 2021
  • Nephi City facilitates free and low-cost ways for families to engage in healthy activities. The city plans family nights out, promotes mental health classes such as QPR trainings, and partners with local organizations to offer 5K runs and healthy food classes. To further promote healthy eating, Nephi City has a community garden and limits the marketing of unhealthy foods in stores. Safeguarding mental health is a high priority, and plans are in the works to organize a Youth Coalition to combat suicide and promote healthy lifestyles. Residents also appreciate the various opportunities for outdoor recreation in the area, including a connected trail system and a community sports program.
  • Collaboration:
    • A relationship with the local health department
    • Health-related objectives in the general plan
    • Utilized and implemented strategies from an existing community health needs assessment
    • Coordinated with the UDOT Move Utah Program to move active transportation planning and implementation efforts forward
  • Access to Healthy Food:
    • A community garden
    • Encouraged store owners to limit marketing of unhealthy food in corner stores and 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 in their community that can be used for physical activity
  • 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