In September, Get Healthy Utah partnered with the Utah Department of Transportation, UTA, the Utah Department of Health, and others to hold the first annual Move Utah Summit. The purpose of the summit was to bring together key members of the transportation, planning, and health sectors to focus on building active, healthy, and connected communities. There were breakout sessions about the benefits of designing active and healthy communities, the housing affordability crisis, how food deserts effect health, and much more. There was a mobile tour of Salt Lake City’s west side and a panel of Utah mayors discussing what they are doing in their cities to improve active transportation.
The keynote speaker, Tyler Norris, CEO of the Well Being Trust, left attendees feeling inspired to improve the health of Utahns by creating environmental change. When a community’s physical environment does not allow for active living and healthy eating, people are less likely to do so. With increasing rates of obesity and the projected growth of Utah’s population, health, transportation, and planning sectors must come together to help make the healthy choice the easy and accessible choice.
“I was so impressed by this summit and left feeling energized and excited about the future. Move Utah brought together local and national thought leaders from public health, transportation, and community & regional planning to discuss the issues that we are all working on and ways to get out of our silos and start collaborating for greater collective impact. I certainly learned some new vocabulary and made some new connections. I would be surprised if there was a single attendee that couldn’t say the same.” -Jess Church, Public Health Nutritionist, Utah Department of Health
Visit the Move Utah website for videos of and information about the Summit. You can also explore Utah maps to discover variations in health outcomes throughout the state.