Mille Lacs County Considers Tobacco Free Facilities

March 1st 2016 : Partners in Healthy Living (PiHL) staff/ Health Educator from Mille Lacs County Alisha Voigt and Emily Anderson from the Association for Non Smokers presented on the topic of a tobacco free grounds policy to the Mille Lacs County board of commissioners. The topic covered why the county should consider implementing a […]

Minnesota Department of Health shares local smoke-free success story

MN Statewide Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) story:  Mora employer becomes local champion of smoke-free worksites Lakes and Pines Community Action Council (CAC), a nonprofit organization in Mora that employs 115 people, adopted a new smoke-free workplace and environmental policy in 2015 that bans smoking on its grounds. That change is benefiting employees’ health and their […]

Combat the Winter Blues: Stay Fit with Boxes

Since it is cold outside, and the majority of adults spend most of their day at work and the work environment has a significant potential to influence health, the Isanti County Wellness committee created a solution for employees to be active on their breaks. The Isanti County Wellness Committee put together fit boxes for the […]

Dementia focus added to help build healthier communities

The Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) community-led health improvement efforts are getting a $27.2 million funding boost from the Minnesota’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), a state and locally-funded partnership now operating in all 87 counties. Partners in Healthy Living leads the local SHIP efforts for Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties. For a […]

WELLKids Program to Begin in Mora

FirstLight Health System is partnering with Trailview Middle School in Mora for a new program offered through Wellness First, a free service FirstLight provides that focuses on preventative health. WELLKids, 4-week after school wellness program, one day a week, to promote the importance of healthy eating and physical activity using age appropriate activities and education. […]

September 23rd is Fall Prevention Awareness Day!

Each year in the United States, one out of three people age 65 or older fall. As a result, many experience injuries that threaten their independence and quality of life. Join invited officials, community-based organizations, members of the Minnesota Falls Prevention Coalition and the general public to learn how fall risk can be reduced. When: […]


Fall is right around the corner! Partners in Healthy Living and Local Public Health are hosting Health Forums and you are invited! Your Voice Matters! Please join us at an upcoming Community Health Forum to engage in conversation for improving the health of our community. We will also spend time identifying needs and existing community […]

Grant Provides Great Resource for Local Farmers Markets

Farmers market managers in our five-county region of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine collaborate to expand the relationships, use and purchasing power of regional Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) and local farmers. Their goal is to support expansion and sustainability of community gardens, local farmers and local farmers markets. The PICKM County Collaborative was developed and organized […]

Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop Opportunity

Take Charge of Your LifeLiving Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop During the six weekly sessions you will learn:  -Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation -Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance -Appropriate use of medications– Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals -Nutrition -Decision making -How to Evaluate New Treatments […]

A Guided Farmer’s Market Tour to Help Families Buy Healthy, Affordable Foods

Want to save money at the farmers market?Want to buy healthy foods to feed your family?Need some tasty and healthy recipes? If you said yes, join our partner, Onamia Farmers Market, for a free Cooking Matters® at the Store for Adults guided farmers market tour! Practice skills like:• buying fruits and vegetables on a budget• […]