Source: CVDaily Feed

More Utahns than ever are being treated for heart disease and diabetes and the numbers continue to grow. Now the Utah Department of Health has joined with the U.S. Surgeon General to address these major public health challenges.

The Surgeon General’s call to action to promote walking and walkable communities illustrates the health benefits of walking. Karlie Mitchell, health educator for the Bear River Health Department, says her department supports that call.

“We are definitely involved in that. We have been supporting Logan City as they are hopefully adopting their new bike and pedestrian plan,” says Mitchell. “We support that.

“We are also involved in financial aid for way-finding signage. Way-finding signage is so individuals can know the time, distance and direction while using sidewalks and trails around Cache Valley. That will hopefully increase physical activity and therefore hopefully decrease chronic diseases and conditions.”

Mitchell says it is important that communities have safe and convenient places to get around on foot or by wheelchair.

By Staff