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Trail being developed thanks to health department funds

Southeastern Utah District Health Department announced today that it will receive $20,000 to help its partners to improve and develop Price City Detention Basin Park Walking Trail. SEUDHD is one of nine local health departments in Utah that recently received a total of $166,000 in funding from the Utah Department of Health Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program (HDSPP). The purpose of these local grants is to promote active community environments, where people can safely walk, ride bicycles, and increase their level of physical activity. Earlier this year, SEUDHD received an additional $7722 to assist local partners with their projects.

"Regular physical activity is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer," said Dave Cunningham, SEUDHD Health Officer. "Communities that are designed to promote active lifestyles encourage people to be more physically active." Added Joan Ware, HDSPP Director, "These grants will increase the opportunities Utahns have to make healthy lifestyle choices." The local grants total $166,000 statewide and will help to create new walking and biking trails, improve existing ones, and promote their usage, among other projects.

This is the second year that the HDSPP has awarded grants to local health districts for creating walking and biking friendly communities. In 2003, SEUDHD received $7,722 to assist partners with repair and improvement of their projects. In trying to promote active community involvement supplemental funding was granted to Helper City for the Western Mining and Railroad Project. This project included repair of the Kiosk that contains an upgraded map of Price River Walkway and Spring Canyon Trail. Funding was also granted to Carbon County Recreation for improvements to Spring Canyon Trail by adding benches and bike racks for the 3 mile route. The City of Moab through funding was able to improve the Trail Mix Project by renovating the Pack Creek Bridge making it handicapped accessible and improving connecting trails. In addition a permanent route map for the Legacy Gold Medal Mile was installed.

The HDSPP is funded by a combination of state and federal monies, including a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Funding for the "Supportive Infrastructure for Physical Activity Grants "originated from the Centers for Disease Control Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

The grants help to implement part of a statewide plan with community partners to address cardiovascular disease and stroke risk factors, and promote heart healthy choices at school, at work, and in the community. For more information, please visit the HDSPP online at

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