Health Promotions

Fall Prevention

Stepping On Class

What is Stepping On?

Stepping On is a program that has been researched and proven to reduce falls by 30% in older adults. Workshops meet for two hours a week for seven weeks. They are led by a health profession-al and a peer leader–someone who, just like you, is concerned about falls. Local guest experts such as an Occupational or Physical Therapist, Pharmacist, and Optometrist provide information on exer-cise, vision, safety, and medication.

 

Here’s what some workshop participants have to say:

“When I’m walking I still think, ‘lift your feet, walk heel-to-toe.’

 

"I have stopped falling outside!"

 

“Not only did we learn some things about preventing falls, but we had a good time doing it. It was really fun.”


 

Some things you will learn:

▶ Simple and effective balance and strengthening exercise
▶ How medications can contribute to falls
▶ How to eliminate fall hazards from your home

Tai Chi

Program Benefits

Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health is a 1-hour class led by a trained instructor. Tai Chi is an enjoyable exercise that can relieve your pain, improve your health, and increase your ability to do things. It’s easy and fun to learn. Tai Chi consists of slow continuous whole-body movements, strung together in a form. Like dance, the movements are learned and follow one after the other. Anyone 65 and older is welcome to join!

 

What is Provided to Participants

Participants will learn Tai Chi movements in a fun, non-threatening environment. Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health incorporates exercises that improve muscular strength, flexibility and fitness. The Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health program also focuses on weight transference, which improves balance and prevents falls.

Living Well Workshops

Participants meet once a week for 2 1/2 hours for six weeks.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions (LWCC)

Program Benefits

The workshops empowers participants to take an active role in managing their health by giving them the key skills needed to manage any chronic health condition. The program addresses common symptoms and worries from all types of chronic disease and illnesses. Family members and others who support people with a chronic health condition are also encouraged to attend. Participants who have completed a workshop demonstrate:

  • Increased exercise
  • Increased ability to do social and household activities
  • Less depression, fear, frustration, and worry about their health
  • Reduction in symptoms like pain
  • Increased confidence in their ability to manage their condition
  • Decreased emergency department visits and hospitalization
Living Well Resources Central

Living Well with Diabetes LWDiabetes 

Program Benefits

In addition to addressing the physical and emotional symptoms of diabetes, this program also aims to help participants better communicate with their health care providers and make healthy day-today decisions. The workshop is goal-orientated and shown to improved health outcomes for people looking to better manage their diabetes. Participants who have completed a workshop demonstrate:

  • Increased exercise
  • Increased ability to do social and household activities
  • Less depression, fear, frustration, and worry about their health
  • Reduction in symptoms like pain
  • Increased confidence in their ability to manage their condition
  • Decreased emergency department visits and hospitalization
  • Increased knowledge for dealing with diabetes specific symptoms

Living Well with Chronic Pain (LWCP)

Program Benefits

Living Well with Chronic Pain (LWCP) is a 6-session evidence-based workshop designed for those dealing with chronic pain. Participants learn self-management techniques and skills needed in the day to day management of their chronic pain condition. This program has also been proven effective with family and   caregivers. This program also aims to help participants better communicate with their health care providers and make healthy day-to-day decisions.


What Is Provided To Participants

Participants who have completed a workshop demonstrate:

  • Pain and fatigue management
  • How to make an action plan to set and achieve attainable goals
  • Problem solving
  • How to deal with difficult emotions
  • Appropriate physical activity for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Effective decision making
  • Healthy eating
  • Communication skills
  • Pacing activity and rest
    Working with your health care professional

Walk With Ease

 

Walk With Ease (WWE) 

Participants meet 3x per week for six weeks

No matter if you need relief from arthritis pain or just want to be active, the Arthritis Foundation’s six week Walk With Ease program can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life.

Studies by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Institute on Aging of the University of North Carolina show that Walk With Ease is proven to:

  • Reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis
  • Increase balance, strength and walking pace
  • Build confidence in your ability to be physically active
  • Improve overall health

Car Seat Safety

Keeping children safe is a priority of all parents, especially when traveling. The leading cause of death in children is motor vehicle crashes. Using the appropriate car seat can reduce your child’s risk of injury by 71% - 82% . Yet, despite best intentions, SafeKids worldwide estimates that three quarters of child safety seats are improperly installed.  For example, a loose harness can’t hold a child in a car seat during an accident.

To ensure your car seat is properly installed contact Central Utah Public Health Department. Our health department has 4 certified car seat techs that cover our six-county health district.  New car seats are available based on current grant funding.  To have your car seat checked or obtain a new car seat, please contact our Richfield office and you will be referred to the car seat tech in your area.

For more information on car seat guidelines please visit the following website:
https://www.safekids.org/ultimate-car-seat-guide/

To access more car seat guidelines please visit:
https://www.safekids.org/ultimate-car-seat-guide/

https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/child_passenger_safety/cps-factsheet.html#tabs-1-4

Car Seat Safety Graphic

Tobacco Prevention and Control

As the third leading cause of preventable disease in the United States, secondhand smoke poses serious health threats to children and adults. Exposure to secondhand smoke is one of the most significant contributors to serious health problems like heart disease, stroke and cancer.

The Utah Indoor Clean Air Act requires all businesses to be smoke-free inside and within 25 feet from all entrances. It does not cover outdoor areas such as parking lots or parks. In order to protect local residents, many cities and counties in Utah have adopted tobacco-free policies that include both ‘No Smoking and No Vaping’ language in outdoor areas such as parks, rodeos, fairs, etc. Many businesses, health care facilities, and educational institutions have also adopted Tobacco-Free policies that cover their entire campus. In addition, most housing units have Tobacco-Free policies that cover inside and outside areas. Contrary to what many people think, smoking is not a right, property owners and managers can legally adopt tobacco-free policies in all types of housing.

Our health promotion staff are available to provide technical assistance on developing comprehensive Tobacco-Free policies to various entities. Comprehensive Tobacco-Free policies are more effective if they include all definitions of tobacco, areas where the policies apply, and enforcement procedures. If you would like assistance with establishing a Tobacco-Free policy please contact our Richfield office and they will direct you to the health educator that covers your area.

For more information on tobacco-free policies please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/secondhand_smoke/

Tobacco_Family

Youth Anti-Vaping Club

do-not-vape

Physical Activity Resources?

Below are links to resources in each community.

Physical Activity Resources in

Physical Activity Resources in

Physical Activity Resources in

Physical Activity Resources in

athletic woman with rubber tape on white background. studio portrait, double multiple exposure effect,combined images

Physical Activity Resources in

Physical Activity Resources in

Physical Activity Resources in

Physical Activity Resources in

EPICC Program: Environment Policy & Improved Clinical Care

Top Star Training for Day Care Providers

Top Star

Teaching Obesity Prevention in Childcare Settings – is a program developed by the Utah Department of Health, local health departments, and other partners to help prevent obesity amount children in childcare. The goal of TOP Star is to help childcare providers improve their nutrition and physical activity environments. Training to become a certified Top Star provider is available through Central Utah Public Health Department

For more information about the Top Star program visit:  https://choosehealth.utah.gov/prek-12/childcare/top-star-program.php

Clinical Improvement Project:

Central Utah Public Health Department offers an incentive program to local health care clinics to track chronic disease rates and promote evidence-based practices that improve self-management rates. The chronic diseases targeted in this program  include: hypertension, diabetes, prediabetes and cholesterol rates.

Recommended Class for Diabetes

DSME: Diabetes Self-Management Education

NDPP: National Diabetes Prevention Program (Or MDDP – Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

 Contact your local health department to find out where these classes are available in our health district.

EPICC Program website page.docx

Million Hearts Program

Million Hearts® 2022 is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes within 5 years. It focuses on implementing a small set of evidence-based priorities and targets that can improve cardiovascular health for all 12 local clinics in our Health District have received the Million Hearts Award For more information about the yearly Million Hearts Challenge please visit: https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/

For information on how to take accurate blood pressure readings at home please visit:  https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/measure.htm

EPICC Program website page.docx