This western state is a major tourist destination for outdoor recreation due to its vast mountains and lakes including Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. Its capital city, Salt Lake City, is a center of transportation, technology and research – and is the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Despite all Utah has to offer residents and tourists alike, there remains one attribute that it hopes to improve upon: nearly a quarter of the state’s young people are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.
Thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is working with communities throughout the state to make it easier for kids to lead healthier lives.
Our Work in Utah
In Utah, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
Over 220 schools serving more than 160,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, one Utah school has been recognized with a National Healthy Schools Award for their outstanding efforts.
We’ve also made it easier for nearly 2,000 youth in 23 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more through our Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative.
Hear from a school champion from just one of the many schools and districts we work with in Utah: Salt Lake City School District, enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program since 2016.