This archived article was written by: Nick Critchlow
With obesity and general inactivness becoming a growing health problem in Utah and the United States, Healthy Utah has devised a variety of programs to help combat the problem.
Healthy Utah is a free benefit for Utah state and local government employees and their PEHP (Public Employee Health Program)-covered spouses.
They offer a variety of services and resources to improve the health and well-being of our members. These services focus on weight, diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, stress management, nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco cessation.
The HOW (Healthy Options and Wellness) Their mission is to promote physical fitness and nutrition for all CEU employees by offering activities and while providing health related resources and information. HOW newsletters are sent to all CEU employees quarterly. They consist of Lydia Peterson, Judy Bartholomew, Shirley Clarke, Anne Mackiewicz, Aimee Lauritsen, JoAnn Crittenden, Erin Coberg and Alison Sundahl. They are in charge of promoting health through the full time employees at CEU.
Healthy Utah is a part of the Utah Health Program, and encourages people in the community of Utah to volunteer in certain health promotion programs. They have programs such as personal health counseling, comprehensive health assessments, conduct seminars on health topics, and email alerts on health. “If you exercise 30 minutes a day, three times a day, for 100 days, you can get a rebate of $60,” says Peterson.
Cash rebates range from $60 to $150 and will be awarded to PEHP Preferred, Summit, or Exclusive insured employees and their covered spouses who set health and fitness goals and successfully accomplish them in any of the following areas. These rebates will go to physical activities ranging from Weight loss, reducing cholesterol, reducing blood pressure, diabetes and tobacco cessation. $60 will be for regular activity, $50 to lower cholesterol, $50 to lower high blood pressure, $100 to quit smoking for one year, $100 to manage your diabetes and up to $150 to reduce weight and keep it off.
Healthy Utah is also hosting the “Walk to Disneyland” program. The CEU Committee has put together a fitness program for ALL CEU staff and faculty. Participants need to keep a log miles everyday (a website for converting exercise into miles). Give weekly mileage total to Judy or Shirley every Friday.
Those who make it to Disneyland mileagewise by April 27th will be entered into grand prize drawings worth over $100. Drawings will be held on Monday, April 30, 2007.