New Nutrition Facts Label

imageFDA finalized the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods!

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be enforcing new food labels that will provide consumers access to more recent and accurate nutrition information about the foods they are eating. Manufacturers will need to use the new label by July 26, 2018. Click here to read the full article.

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Dementia Friendly at Work Training

imageHelp your organization heighten its awareness of dementia and be equipped to respond warmly and effectively when serving people living with dementia and their families.

The training is offered as part of an Isanti County Public Health Dementia Grant and is available to businesses that serve residents of Isanti County. However, if your business is located outside of Isanti County but serves Isanti County residents as a significant portion of your clientele, you could still qualify for this training. The training will be offered through June of 2017.

To schedule and see if your organization qualifies for this 60 minute training, contact Justin Navratil @ 763-689-8280.

Click here to learn more about this exciting opportunity

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Cooking Matters at Isanti Family Farmer’s Market

Smiling girl with basket of healthy vegetablesThe University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Ed Program is presenting Cooking Matters at the Farmer Market tours at the Isanti Family Farmer’s Market on Friday, July 15 and August 12. During the guided tour, participants will learn tips to save money at the farmers market and discover healthy ways to prepare local produce, grains, and meat. The tour includes a recipe demonstration, $10 of market groceries, a recipe book, and a reusable bag.

Contact Lisa Wong ( or 763-767-3840) or Brandy Buro ( or 763-767-3842) for more information or recruitment materials to promote within your networks.

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Tobacco Regulations Welcomed

FDAMay 5, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations on tobacco products welcomed, but the FDA still has critical to-do list

By bringing all tobacco products under the agency’s jurisdiction, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has, at long last, ended the Wild West of unregulated tobacco products with its “deeming regulation”. For too long cigars, hookah tobacco and e-cigarettes have proliferated without product standards, sales and consistent age limitations, or controls on claims about health effects. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration now has the opportunity to regulate how tobacco products are made, marketed and sold, to make them less toxic and addictive and less appealing to prospective users of all ages. This is a huge opportunity, and a huge challenge for an agency that needs to actively enforce the new regulations and review a host of product applications while also contending with a parade of tobacco industry lawyers poised to file suit.

This is a beginning rather than an end to a critical phase for the FDA. While youth cigarette use has dropped, use of little cigars and hookah, as well as e-cigarettes, has kept overall youth tobacco use flat. The deeming rules essentially bring the same limits on traditional cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to a fuller array of tobacco products: the ability to issue product standards for all regulated tobacco products to make them less toxic and addictive, and a nationwide standard making it illegal to sell any kind of tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah, to anyone under the age of 18, or to sell them in vending machines. In two years, all products will finally carry warnings making clear that the products contain nicotine, and nicotine is an addictive chemical.

The FDA has also indicated they will soon propose rules banning use of “characterizing flavors” in cigars. That’s a change that can’t happen soon enough: an estimated 70 percent of all current youth tobacco users report using a flavored product in the past 30 days.


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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 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:


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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.

smoke-free sign photoThat 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.



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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. isanti county wellness logo.jpeg

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!

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. 

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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 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.

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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.wellness first

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 or 320-225-3586 with any questions.

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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: 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

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