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Free meals at school support a healthy body and mind. Apply!

August 7, 2018 3:23 pm Published by Comments Off on Free meals at school support a healthy body and mind. Apply!

A student’s behavior, ability to focus, and academic performance improve simply by eating a healthy breakfast and lunch! Make sure your children get meals at school.  For more than 70 years schools have been providing free or low-cost meals to students.  Schools are reimbursed through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program.  Over 30 million students... Continue Reading


What’s new with food labels?

May 9, 2018 1:37 pm Published by Comments Off on What’s new with food labels?

Do you read food labels? Labels can be helpful if you know what you’re looking for. And they can be enlightening when you compare one label to another. For example, did  you know that Trix cereal has less sugar than Vanilla Almond Special K? Who would have guessed that? There are 10 grams of sugar in Trix and 12 in... Continue Reading


Decision fatigue defeated!

April 26, 2018 11:00 am Published by Comments Off on Decision fatigue defeated!

The average person makes 227 decisions just around food a day! Making decisions is taxing! It can wear us out. It’s no wonder we can loose all control and become impulsive or make unhealthy choices at the end of the day. It even has a name.  It’s called “decision fatigue” and it’s exactly what it sounds like. The quality of... Continue Reading


Lose weight and prevent diabetes with free class

March 23, 2018 3:35 pm Published by Comments Off on Lose weight and prevent diabetes with free class

The Duluth YMCA is offering a class to help people make lasting changes aimed at improving health and preventing diabetes. Weight loss through structured lifestyle change is the single most important step people can take to prevent type 2 diabetes. This yearlong class, normally $429, is FREE. The initial 16 weekly meetings focus on lifestyle change to prevent type 2 Diabetes,... Continue Reading


New work group: Connect disability communities and state agencies

March 19, 2018 11:49 am Published by Comments Off on New work group: Connect disability communities and state agencies

Please share this with people in your area from Minnesota’s disability communities that might be interested in joining this statewide group. YOUR VOICES. YOUR CHOICES. YOUR OLMSTEAD. 2018 Olmstead Community Engagement Workgroup Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan envisions people with disabilities living, learning, working, and enjoying life in the most integrated setting of their choice. The Olmstead Community Engagement Workgroup began in... Continue Reading


Rev Up Your Resolve

January 2, 2018 12:52 pm Published by Comments Off on Rev Up Your Resolve

Cook County Public Health & Human Services, along with Sawtooth Mountain Clinic have created a great newsletter to help you rev up your resolutions! Check out page 2 to “Chunk Your Change” and “Map Your Habits” — two very pragmatic ways to set yourself up for resolution success.


Active Elementary School Students Have Healthy Weight, Do Better in School: Four Regional Elementary Schools Participate in Active Schools Minnesota Evaluation

December 13, 2017 4:09 pm Published by Comments Off on Active Elementary School Students Have Healthy Weight, Do Better in School: Four Regional Elementary Schools Participate in Active Schools Minnesota Evaluation

Minnesota elementary school students who met national recommendations for aerobic fitness are more likely to have a healthy weight and have better academic outcomes than students who didn’t meet those recommendations. That’s according to a study of 14 elementary schools in central and northern Minnesota who are involved with the Active Schools Minnesota initiative, which assists students in reaching the national... Continue Reading


The Future of Food, Health, and the Economy: What Can We Bring to the Table?

December 13, 2017 10:38 am Published by Comments Off on The Future of Food, Health, and the Economy: What Can We Bring to the Table?

By Heidi Klingelhofer, Aitkin County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership intern When consumers, producers, distributors, and purchasers come together, it is amazing the things that can be accomplished. On Friday, December 1st, 2017 nearly sixty people from Northeastern Minnesota came together at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron to discuss a common goal: increasing access to locally-sourced foods. Among the attendees... Continue Reading


When Bigger Isn’t Better

November 22, 2017 2:53 pm Published by Comments Off on When Bigger Isn’t Better

When norms change, we change. That has certainly been the case regarding food and portion sizes. In Dr. Wendy Scinta’s blog The History of Portion Sizes: How They’ve Changed Over Time. It’s hard to dispute the simplicity of her point: the new norms around portion sizes of our favorite foods is hurting us. See the graphic below to understand how much... Continue Reading


Amanda Casady Advocates for Youth

November 15, 2017 2:34 pm Published by Comments Off on Amanda Casady Advocates for Youth

Meet Amanda! Amanda Casady, with the American Lung Association in Duluth, is one of Healthy Northland’s Statewide Health Improvement Partnership Coordinators. One big part of her job is improving people’s health through tobacco policy change. In other words, preventing our youth from exposure to and access to the harmful effects of tobacco and other chemicals. Healthy Northland asked her about... Continue Reading