The Utah Partnership for Healthy Weight supports using every kind of resource available to prevent disease and promote the health of our fellow Utahns. These assets include people who are passionate about preventing disease, as well as new uses of technology to communicate important messages. The UPHW has forged a relationship with the faculty and students of the Department of Health Science at Brigham Young University, where more than 600 undergraduates and several dozen graduate students study health promotion and disease prevention. Our relationship complements that between the UPHW and the Department of Health Promotion and Education at the University of Utah, which has been a UPHW partner since 2008. The UPHW is proud to count the BYU Public Health Association (BPHA) as one of its newest partners, and in 2012 established the UPHW-BPHA Working Group to develop innovative approaches to preventing disease and promoting health in Utah, with a particular focus on “millennials” – those born between 1981 and 2000.
“Meet Jimmy,” is a video created by several Brigham Young University students in 2012 as part of a class project. “Meet Jimmy” is an excellent example of how the UPHW is deploying resources for the benefit of Utahns: talented, passionate undergraduates, and videos, distributed via YouTube and other social media. These videos are inexpensive to make and more appealing to a diverse audience than simple recitations of fact. The video has inspired UPHW leadership to write to all six members of Utah’s congressional delegation in support of the “Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act,” or FIT Kids Act, which has been introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. The FIT Kids Act has bipartisan support.
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