Does someone in your family have type 2 diabetes? In the Uintah Basin, 11.1% of our community has diabetes. Many more are at high risk of developing diabetes, a diagnosis of prediabetes. Our families are affected, from our roots to our branches.

Type 2 diabetes has a strong link to family history and lineage, and studies of twins have shown that genetics plays a very strong role in the development of type 2 diabetes. Yet it also depends on environmental factors. Lifestyle also influences the development of type 2 diabetes. Obesity tends to run in families, and families tend to have similar eating and exercise habits.

If you have a family history of type 2 diabetes, it may be difficult to figure out whether your diabetes is due to lifestyle factors or genetic susceptibility. Most likely it is due to both. However, don’t lose heart. Studies show that it is possible to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes by exercising and losing weight.

However, many people with prediabetes are unaware of their condition. Once individuals are aware that they have prediabetes and of their increased risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular complications, they can make the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent or at least delay progression to type 2 diabetes.

Simple lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, eating more fruits and vegetables, and increasing physical activity, can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Without making lifestyle changes, approximately half of individuals diagnosed with prediabetes progress to diabetes within ten years.
In order to help individuals and families find success in making these lifestyle changes, the TriCounty Health Department offers the Diabetes Prevention Program. This program is designed to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by a stunning 58 percent in adults at high risk for the disease.
“I’m so glad I joined this program so I can be there for my grandkids.” -Dave, 68, program participant. The importance of this desire cannot be overstated. Join us today at Sign up for our January 15, 2020 group launch. Take health matters in your own capable hands. Call 435-247-1168 to speak with a TriCounty Health Educator.



We are now at that time of year that air quality worsens. We have already seen some high ozone days.

Many of us believe that our vehicles do not need to meet an emissions standard. Mostly because we don’t have to get our vehicles emissions tested. 

It is illegal to alter the emissions on our vehicles. It is illegal to have a vehicle that smokes.

We have all seen the vehicles that smoke excessively or someone has programmed a vehicle to smoke intentionally.

Utah Code 41-6a-1626 (attached)

We will have a link for you to fill out an online report.

To report you will need:

  • Vehicle license plate number
  • Date and time observed
  • Vehicle location
  • Vehicle description

If we get a report we will send a letter to the registered owner explaining the law. If we get multiple reports we may require an emissions test. We can request that the DMV not register a vehicle until the problem is fixed. We can also fine them for the violation.

What we want is for everyone in Uintah, Duchesne, and Daggett Counties to be concerned about our air quality and realize how they are impacting the rest of the community.


Listen to this radio clip from an interview with Environmental Health Director, Darrin Brown:


Many of those resolutions include resolutions for improved health.


Holiday weight gain is a well-studied phenomenon, and researchers have found that people gain about a pound from November to January. That might not sound like much, and it certainly is less than people think they gain (about 5 pounds). But that extra pound lingers. In the same study, researchers found that people don’t tend to shed that winter weight by next year. After a few sugary Christmas seasons (plus the year’s other indulgent holidays, birthdays and anniversaries), those pounds add up.

What does this teach us?

Small steps in the wrong direction can eventually lead to bad health.  Conversely, small steps in the right directions can build individual health.  So when we think of “health related” new year’s resolutions we might want to think small.  After all, success breeds success and the chances of success with small goals is much greater than success with a large goal.

Nutrition Small Ideas:

  • Decrease soda consumption by one can a day = 16 lbs of weight loss in a year.
  • Just add one fruit or vegetable to your diet each day.
  • Change your mindset with food!
  • Don’t think of things as off limits!

Think of foods as “everyday” foods or “occasional” foods suggests Nutrition Advisor Alan Aragon, M.S.

That way, nothing is “bad” or off limits. (Research suggests that mindset may actually cause weight gain.)

If you want a scoop of ice cream, go ahead and enjoy it.

On the flip side, everyday foods are exactly as their name implies: foods that should be eaten every single day, such as vegetables, fruit, lean protein, fish, whole grains—you know the deal.

Physical Activity:

  • Start where you are!
  • Don’t over-do it!
  • Ease into a physical activity regiment by adding to your current state.  It doesn’t have to be big.
  • It doesn’t take much! You don’t have to be a professional athlete or spend all day at the gym to reap the benefits of physical activity
  • Choose something you enjoy!
  • What do you like doing?
  • Be physically active with others.
  • As with food, moderation is the key.

Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.

• CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.
• Choose a CO alarm that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
• Call your local fire department’s non-emergency number to find out what number to call if the CO alarm sounds.
• Test CO alarms at least once a month; replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
• If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call the fire department.
• If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel declare that it is safe to re-enter the home.
• If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
• During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
• A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
• Gas or charcoal grills can produce CO — only use outside.


Have fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys inspected by a professional every year before cold weather sets in. When using a fireplace, open the flue for adequate ventilation. Never use your oven to heat your home.


  • A person can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a longer period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter amount of time.
  • In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 80,100 non-fire CO incidents in which carbon monoxide was found, or an average of nine calls per hour.

More information at

Did you know vaccines are not just for children? Adults need them too. As we get older our risk for different diseases increases and changes creating the need for immunizations. There is also
the chance that some adults did not receive some of the vaccinations available now as children.

Recently Gardasil, the vaccine for HPV, was approved for adults up through age 45. Have you considered this protection for yourself? Another vaccine that is new for adults is Shingrix, a
shingles vaccine. This vaccine is recommended for ages 50 and older and is 90% effective in preventing shingles. The previous shingles vaccine was only 60% effective.
Last year the Uintah Basin had a very high rate of flu cases that were hospitalized. Our rate was double that of the rest of the state. Most all of those who had to be hospitalized did not get their flu shot. A simple flu shot could have saved many illnesses. Have you had your flu shot this year to protect yourself from the flu?

These are just a few examples of vaccines adults need. If you are wondering what you need come to Tricounty Health Department and we can help you find out what you’re missing.

On Saturday, October 26th, from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 18th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills and patches for disposal to Walmart in Vernal and Davis Food & Drug in Roosevelt. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5, 000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds- approximately 5, 900 tons- of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet.  In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines- flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash- both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26 Take Back Day event, go to