Healthy Community Requirements

Active Living

To qualify for the Healthy Utah Community designation, cities and towns must implement strategies to improve active living. Below is a list of recommended strategies with resources for each. 

Recommended Active Living Strategies

Conduct a messaging campaign to promote physical activity in your community

Encourage community members to move more and meet physical activity guidelines by creating a community-wide messaging campaign. 

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Offer and/or low-cost community sports and fitness programs for adults and children

Establish sports leagues, fitness classes, and community programs to provide adults and children with the opportunity to get active and learn new physical skills.

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Organize a free or low-cost fitness event for your community

Offer opportunities for your community to gather and engage together in physical activity. Examples include community runs and triathlons, family bike rides, fitness challenges, etc.

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Develop a new walking/biking trail or add to an existing one

Expand or create new outdoor trails in your community.

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Add wayfinding signage for trails that provide both time and distance for routes

Help community members confidently navigate trails by providing wayfinding signage that includes both the distance and estimated time to complete routes.

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Address active transportation connectivity gaps between key community destinations

Ensure community members can successfully navigate across the community and between their designation without a car by addressing active transportation connectivity gaps.

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Conduct a Movability Audit

Movability audits can engage community members and help identify opportunities to improve street conditions, while informing planning and traffic safety projects.

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Establish joint-use agreements for a physical activity facility

Increase opportunities to safely exercise by establishing joint-use agreement for facilities such as school playgrounds, track fields, etc.

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Improve physical activity among youth by promoting a physical activity resource, program, or best practice in schools

Improve physical activity among children and youth by introducing a physical activity resource, program, or best practice into local schools.

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Create an active transportation plan or update an existing one

Active transportation plans lay the foundation for community infrastructure that encourages walking, biking, and other healthy modes of transportation.

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Adopt an ordinance that requires new subdivisions to provide sidewalks and lights

Safe, well-lit sidewalks provide access for residents to walk in neighborhoods and communities. When sidewalks are maintained, members of the community can safely be more physically active.

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Adopt a Complete Streets policy requirement for new development

A Complete Streets policy accounts for the safety and needs of all who will be using a roadway-- whether on foot, bicycle, skateboard or scooter, using a wheelchair or car, etc.

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Update ordinances, zoning, and land use policies to promote physical activity and active transportation

Effective planning and policies can ensure that communities remain safe for outdoor physical activity as they grow.

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Provide supplemental infrastructure to improve walking and biking-friendly environments in your community

Encourage walking and biking by increasing access to amenities throughout the community, such as bicycle racks in key locations, water stations, benches, etc.

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Implement a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design strategy to improve public safety while recreating outdoors

Encourage walking and biking by increasing access to amenities throughout the community, such as bicycle racks in key locations, water stations, benches, etc.

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Implement one new worksite wellness strategy around physical activity among city employees and/or local businesses

Protect worker health by implementing and incentivizing policies that promote the physical and mental health of employees.

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Partner with a local organization to implement a program listed on the Physical Activity Menu of Services

In addition to the above strategies, you may also choose to implement a program listed in the Physical activity Menu of Services. Each program you implement will be counted as a strategy towards the designation.

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