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 comprehensive tobacco free grounds policy for all county owned facilities. The policy would work to reduce tobacco use and exposure to those who visit the public agency and also for the employees who are there on a daily basis. The board gave a motion to move forward with drafting a sample policy and will be drafted with the help from the Public Health law center and the State Wide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). The full article can be found at: http://millelacscountytimes.com/2016/03/10/mille-lacs-county-considers-tobacco-free-facilities/
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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 pocketbooks.
The new policy led to a reduction in employees who smoke, which was a contributing factor in the organization being able to hold its group health insurance plan rates at last year’s level for participants. The policy change started with support from the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and Partners in Healthy Living (PiHL), the SHIP grantee for Kanabec, Pine, Isanti and Mille Lacs counties.
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 Isanti County employees to use free of charge through a mini-grant funded by Partners in Healthy Living. The fit boxes are filled with low impact equipment that employees can use in their work space, a private space or their wellness room. Fit Box items include: Yoga mats, jump rope, resistance bands, stretch bands, foam roller, yoga blocks, hand weights and hand exercisers. Also included are informative posters and handouts to help with exercise ideas.
Isanti County employees can now use their breaks to be healthier!
Even though it’s cold outside, employees can still be active on their breaks! These boxes are currently located at the Isanti County Government Center’s Public Health Department and the Oakview Office Complex in conference room 9.
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 history of their work through SHIP, click here.
SHIP helps Minnesotans live longer, healthier lives while building healthy, vital communities. As part of that mission, this year’s funding awards allow cities and counties to add a focus on the health of seniors and efforts that help delay the onset or progression of dementia for those over age 60. SHIP will continue to support efforts that increase opportunities for active living, healthy eating and avoiding commercial tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
“SHIP has been instrumental in helping Minnesota make progress on obesity and tobacco use, factors that contribute to expensive chronic diseases, disability and death,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger. “We’re excited to send this funding to communities to support their health initiatives in every county in the state.”
Partners in Healthy Living has members of the Community Leadership Team whose work and organizations directly impact populations over 60. The University of Minnesota Extension and MN Council on Aging and Lakes and Pines Community Action Council are represented and their input directly impacts the community.
Additionally, the team in Isanti County Public Health is developing a partnership with Act on Alzheimer’s in Cambridge to provide education in the community about dementia and the benefits of early detection and treatment. This partnership has the goal of dissolving common misconceptions that may persist in the community regarding Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Mille Lacs County also works with the group, ReMembering Matters in Onamia.
With evidence-based, community-level, comprehensive strategies, Partners in Healthy Living creates opportunities for healthy choices where people live, learn, work and seek health care. Over time this leads to better health, lowers health care costs and improves quality of life in Minnesota.
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.
The objectives of the program are:
1. Kids will be able to independently choose a healthy snack at home.
2. Kids will be able to identify foods that are whole grains.
3. Kids will be exposed to a variety of physical activity options.
4. Kids will learn the benefits of daily physical activity.
Click WELLkids flyer for school to print the flyer to post in your organization! Contact Deb Wright at email@example.com or 320-225-3586 with any questions.
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: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
(Tai Ji Quan begins at 10:30 a.m.)
Where: National Guard Armory, 600 Cedar St. St Paul, MN
The event will include speakers, information tables and
light refreshments. Also participate in a 20-minute sample of Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® class led by Dr. Fuzhong Li.
Click on the form for the printable flyer. FallsPrevention public invite Aug 24
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 assets.
In the Spring of 2015, a random selection of residents made a valuable contribution by completing the MN East Central Community Health Survey. We will be sharing some of the findings from this survey which will guide our discussion at this event.
- Tuesday, October 13 1:30-4 in Mora
- Tuesday, October 13 in Cambridge
- Tuesday, October 20 1:30-4 in Pine City
- Tuesday, October 27 1:30-4 in Askov
- Tuesday, October 27 1-4 in Onamia
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 in partnership with the Chisago City Farmers Market and Partners in Healthy Living. Partners in Healthy Living is a five-county organization supported by the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), working to improve local access to healthy foods, physical activity opportunities and tobacco-free living.
“The Minnesota Farmer’s Market Manual is an excellent resource. This is my second year as a market manager and I could not put the manual down. Very helpful!”
Kris Dahl, Manager of the Wyoming Farmers Market in Chisago County.
The Chisago City Farmers Market received a Partners in Healthy Living grant for the purchase of 10 Minnesota Farmers Market Association (MFMA) Minnesota Farmer’s Market Manuals. They were distributed to farmers market managers as a tool to enhance the availability of community healthy foods. The 2015 Minnesota Farmer’s Market Manual is full of the latest information regarding operating and participating in today’s vibrant Minnesota farmers’ markets. It includes hundreds of links to resources and information from local markets, state agencies, and national leaders, organizations and markets.
“Thanks to the support from Partners in Healthy Living, our region can promote healthy living and healthy foods through education, outreach and access to local, nutritious foods!” -Cecelia Cecilia Mangini-Coulter, Chisago City Farmers Market Coordinator
For more information, visit: www.partnersinhealthyliving.us
Take Charge of Your Life
Living 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
-How to Evaluate New Treatments
Register now for the Living Well with Chronic Conditions
Located at First Light Health System 301 Hwy 65 South, Mora MN
Dates: July 28- September 1st
Tuesdays-9:00 am to 11:30 am
For more information or to register please call:
Jenny Friday at 320-225-3305 or Lise Arseneau Lee at 320-225-9277
Suggested donation of $30 to defray cost of materials. Not required in order to attend class.
The workshop is sponsored in part by the Central MN Council on Aging, and Live Well at Home Grant from the MN Department of Human Services
Shopping for fresh, local foods is a great way to help the local economy and stay healthy!
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
• comparing unit prices to find bargains
• reading and comparing food labels
• identifying whole grains
• AND sticking to your budget!
After the tour you will receive a:
• FREE $10 gift certificate to spend at the market
• FREE workbook full of tasty recipes and simple tips on buying healthy, low-cost foods
• FREE reusable grocery bag
SIGN UP TODAY FOR A FREE GROCERY TOUR! SPACE IS LIMITED!
Date: July 15, 2015
Time: 3:00 P.M-4:00 P.M or 5:00 P.M-6:00 P.M
Location: Onamia Area Farmers Market (108 Wall Street Onamia)
RSVP: Virginia Zenzen (DepotVISTA@gmail.com) or (320-676-1962) by June 23