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Price garners UDOH legacy program medal


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By C.J. MCMANUS
Sun Advocate community editor

Price has been honored by the Utah Department of Health as a community promoting the well-being of its citizens. The city received a gold medal given through the A Healthier You Legacy Award program.

According to an Oct. 27 UDOH press release, each community was unique in its approaches to promoting health among citizens.

Some of the different area efforts included:

•New walking and biking trails.

•Walks with the mayor.

•Policy changes requiring healthier foods at public functions.

•Tobacco-free recreational areas.

•Secure crosswalks and many others.

Ten communities were selected at the Utah League of Cities and Towns convention Sept. 11 in Salt Lake .

Mayors and city councilmembers accepted the awards presented by the UDOH.

Along with Price, the gold level cities included Orem, Richmond and St. George.

The winning communities met specific criteria for policies, infrastructure and outcomes.

"The program recognizes the efforts of communities to increase opportunities for their residents to eat healthy and be physically active," said Lynda Blades, Program Manager, UDOH Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Prevention program.

Some of the specific programs that led to Price's designation included

•A community garden that provides location, seeds, water and supervision for juvenile offenders who aided in the gardens tending and harvesting. Once the food was gathered it was then donated to the local food bank.

•The city also hosted a farmers market where space was provided for local citizens to buy and sell fresh produce all summer long.

•They co-sponsored the Price River Trail that will give citizens a safe place to walk along the river.

"Our council gave monetary support to the project and their general support," said Price city Human Services Director John Daniels. "It is our hope that the trail will one day connect with Helper's trail allowing people to move along the river from Price to Helper."

•The city offered an adopt a street program that offered organizations, businesses and individuals the opportunity to pick a city streets and keep them clean.

•The Price city general plan includes a transportation master plan that promotes several types of healthy lifestyle choices including walking trails, equestrian routes, and cycle lanes to be built as the city grows.

One the 2008s biggest successes was their community walks program, where nine walking events were organized for the community to complete together.

"We saw the Community Walks program as a huge success," said Daniels. "The nine separate walks covered more than 12 miles and we had community members from 72 years of age to infants complete the walks."

The award program is a collaboration between several agencies that was started during the 2002 Winter Olympic games, it not only recognizes cities but gives kudos to schools and work sites for similar efforts.

"The program was made possible by a collaborative effort between the Price council its mayor and Wellness Committee Chairperson Ron Brewer," concluded Daniels. "It just goes to show how much can be accomplished when a city comes together and decides to live a healthier lifestyle."

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