Issue Background

The health and well-being of Cedar City’s residents are fundamental to their quality of life and economic vitality. Homes, streets, workplaces, retail and services, schools, and neighborhoods influence community health in fundamental ways. Educational and employment opportunities may influence and improve health by ensuring access to the ingredients for a healthy life,  including nourishing food, clean water, affordable places to live, safe places to walk, bike, and be active.

The health care subcommittee of the recent Vision 2050 initiative discussed issues that are in need of improvement in the Cedar City area.  These include things such as developing community assets that promote active lifestyles and finding better ways to take care of the elderly.

Emerging Issues

  • Evidence increasingly shows that built environments influence chronic as well as infectious/acute diseases. Making improvements in the general health of the community requires an acknowledgment of previously-underappreciated links between built environments and health, particularly the influence that patterns of land use, density, transportation strategies, and street design have on chronic diseases and health disparities.
  • Walkable access to recreational facilities substantially increases their use. It can be safely assumed that new neighborhoods that are required to include safe and attractive places for recreational activity will be able to recoup their amenity investment in the Cedar City area.
  • Demand for the City to facilitate safe and convenient opportunities to purchase local fresh fruits and vegetables (i.e. farmer’s markets) will continue to be strong.

Potential Goals and Investments

  1. Build relationships and implement procedures that make community health a priority for the community.
  2. Create convenient and safe opportunities for physical activity for residents of all ages and income levels.
  3. Provide ample opportunities for community gardens and urban farms by encouraging the use of vacant lots, allowing community gardens in all land use zones, and protecting gardens from confiscation.

Contacts + Reference Materials

  • More information coming soon.