Utahns encouraged to Step It Up! to improve their health

Statistics show more Utahns than ever are being treated for heart disease and diabetes and the numbers are growing.

The Utah Department of Health moved to address these major public health challenges by joining the Surgeon General’s Step It Up! program.

Many Utah communities lack safe and convenient places for individuals to walk.

Logan City’s Urban Trail System is a city-wide network of non-motorized, shared-use pathways that are used by bicyclists, walkers, hikers, runners, and other users for both recreation and transportation.

The trails offer a diverse range of experiences; some are located along busy streets, while others traverse beautiful natural places all within the urban area.

The Surgeon General’s report calls on individuals to make walking a priority in their lives.

The Bear River Health Department is a supporting partner in encouraging planners and local leaders to create more areas for walking and wheelchair rolling the existence of places

“We are supporting Logan City as they consider a new bike and pedestrian plan,” said Karlie Mitchell, health educator at the Bear River Health Department. “We are also involved with financial aid for Way Finding Signage, which is signage which helps individuals know the time, distance and direction while using sidewalks and trails in the area.”

Mitchell said BRHD promotes physical activity through walking because everyone deserves a safe place to walk.

The State Department of Health’s Environment, Policy, and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program encourages an active lifestyle which is critical to achieving good overall health.

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