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A Community Health Assessment was implemented by Tooele County Health Department to evaluate the quality of life in Tooele County from a public health perspective. A five year plan, 2012-2017, was put in place after the results. The following areas were identified as the priority areas in Tooele County with accompanying goals:

1) Obesity – Decrease the incidence of obesity

2) Substance Abuse – Decrease the incidence of substance abuse

3) Diabetes – Lower the incidence and improve control

4) Physical Activity – Promote healthy habits

5) Access to Health Care – Improve access to affordable health care

One of the priority areas for the community was physical activity, Two of the other five priority areas can be impacted by physical activity. Physical inactivity is a risk factor for many diseases and conditions. Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality from many chronic diseases. Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the U.S. From 2004-2008 the rate/percent of adults in Tooele County who were told they have diabetes was 10.1 with a significant number estimated to have undiagnosed diabetes. The prevalence rate for Tooele County is significantly higher than the state of Utah. Active transportation improves our health and the health of our communities.  It also lowers our healthcare costs.  The more people walk and bike the more we lower those costs as we reduce the levels of obesity, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes in Tooele County. Implementing an Active Transportation Trunk into the Tooele County General Plan is a first step in the right direction to improve 3 of the 5 priority areas for Tooele County residents.