Where Is the Wellness Bus?
Every week the Wellness Bus travels to these cities:
- West Valley
- South Salt Lake
Twice a month the bus travels to these cities:
Our locations and hours change, so please check our Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date locations and times.
Free Health Screenings & Education
What Is the Wellness Bus?
The Wellness Bus is a mobile prevention program whose goal is to reduce chronic disease and improve the health of our communities. We do this by offering FREE services and screenings to all. No insurance or ID required. Everyone is welcome.
Services We Offer
The services we offer include the following:
- Chronic disease screenings for:
- Blood (sugar) glucose
- Blood pressure
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Nutrition counseling and education
- Lifestyle coaching and education
- Referrals to health and social service providers and programs
Cost of Services
All services on the wellness bus are free and confidential.
Services for Children
Most of our patients are 18 years and older. However, if your child is overweight or obese and has risk factors for diabetes, they may qualify for services.
What to Expect at the Screening
When you get to the bus, we will ask you to sign in and fill out a form. All the questions on the form are optional.
What Should I Bring to Get Screened?
Nothing! Just bring yourself or a family member or friend who might need our services.
Fasting for Blood (Sugar) Glucose or Cholesterol Screening
If you fast before a blood sugar or cholesterol test, you will get the best results. However, you can still get your glucose and cholesterol checked even if you have recently eaten. It will, however, affect your test results.
Who Works on the Wellness Bus?
Community health workers and registered dietitians provide screenings and services on the bus. University of Utah students, training to become future health care workers, provide referrals to health and social needs services and programs.
Our staff are here to support, educate, and provide advice on how to improve your health and nutrition. We also provide education and advice on how to manage chronic diseases, such as pre-diabetes, diabetes, and hypertension.
We have diverse, bilingual, and culturally competent staff members. We also have interpretation services available for over 240 languages and dialects.
We Can Connect You to Basic Resources
Factors other than health insurance or medical care can contribute to your overall health status. The Wellness Bus can help connect you with many free or low-cost resources including:
- food and housing assistance,
- medical care, and
- dental care.
We do this with the help of local community organizations.
Why Does Utah Need a Wellness Bus?
If we don’t take action now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one out of three people will have diabetes by 2050. Communities who don’t have enough access to medical services have a higher chance of developing diabetes because they don’t have regular access to screening, prevention, and educational services.
The good news is that often you can prevent diabetes and other chronic illnesses.
Journey to Health: A Free Nutrition Education Program
Join other community members to learn about eating healthy on a budget with this six-month program. Classes are taught in both English and Spanish.
1st Free Health Screen at the Wellness Bus
Blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol tests
Class 1: Intro to Nutrition Cooking Demonstration
Learn how to include more fruits and veggies in your diet and enjoy a free snack
Class 2: Food Access and Healthy Eating Basics
Find out how to access food and portion your plate, receive a free box of food
Class 3: How to Grocery Shop and Read Nutrition Labels
Get tips on how to shop smart and receive a $25 Smiths gift card
Class 4: Choosing Healthy Snacks and Drinks
Switch from junk food to snacking healthy and receive a kitchenware item
2 Health Coaching Sessions with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Create nutrition and physical activity goals with a professional and receive a $10 Smiths gift card with each session
2nd Free Health Screen at the Wellness Bus
Blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol tests
Community Meal and Celebration
Celebrate the end of the program with a delicious meal and group discussion
Who Is This Program For?
Journey to Health is free and open to any individual or family looking to improve their health and learn more about nutrition.
No health insurance or ID is required to participate. Individuals who suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high blood sugars (diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes or Type Two Diabetes) would particularly benefit from the program.
How Can I Participate?
Journey to Health takes place at the Redwood Recreation Center, Sorenson Unity Center, Kearns Library and the Central Park Community Center.
Contact Journey to Health
If you have questions about the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Test for Prediabetes
See if you are at risk for prediabetes. The sooner you know if you have prediabetes, the sooner you can work to reverse it. This way you can prevent type 2 diabetes.
Request the Wellness Bus for Your Event
To get the Wellness Bus at your event, please fill out our form linked below. We receive more requests than we can accommodate, so we give priority to events that support our mission: to reduce the burden of diabetes and other chronic diseases in medically underserved areas by providing important preventive health services.