Rev Up Your Resolve

January 2, 2018 Leave your thoughts

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.

, Logan Smith enjoys a salad during snack time at Sawtooth Elementary School in Grand Marais, Minn. Logan’s class grew the lettuce throughout the winter using tower gardens in his classroom. Photo courtesy of Betsy Jorgenson.

Indoor gardens produce fresh snacks year-round in Cook County

December 27, 2017 Leave your thoughts

Students in Cook County are learning to grow plants and snacking on fresh veggies during class, thanks to gardens transported into the classroom. Cook County has had a school district wellness committee since 2007. One result of the committee’s work has been a school-based agriculture project at the elementary school. During the 2016-2017 school year, a teacher found a way... Continue Reading

Photo shows April Buescher, Essentia Health – Deer River Pam Galle, Healthy Northland Mary Belz, Riverwood Hospital Sandy Carlson, St. Luke's Hospital Jill Devich, Essentia Health –Virginia Medical Arts Clinic with awards

Breastfeeding efforts recognized

December 27, 2017 Leave your thoughts

Three worksites, two hospitals and one city were recognized on Dec. 14 for their contributions to building more breastfeeding-friendly communities. The Healthy Northland Breastfeeding Friendly Awards were given out at the Northeast Minnesota Breastfeeding Summit on Dec. 14 at St. Luke’s Hospital. Healthy Northland recognized worksites Essentia Health – Deer River, Essentia Health –Virginia Medical Arts Clinic and Lake County... Continue Reading


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

December 13, 2017 Leave your thoughts

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 Leave your thoughts

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 Leave your thoughts

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 Leave your thoughts

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


Small Changes Make Big Differences in Itasca County Work Sites

October 30, 2017 Leave your thoughts

by Kaitlin Box Businesses all over Itasca County are embracing worksite wellness. Over 17 businesses, with more asking every month, have participated or are currently in a worksite wellness collaborative. Whether they are an alumni or just starting out, everyone has been able to create new wellness opportunities within the workplace. One of those places is Essentia Health Deer River.... Continue Reading

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Students at McGregor School District Dig Their Farmers!

October 17, 2017 Leave your thoughts

This month, students at McGregor School District will be eating squash grown by Gilby’s Nursery & Orchard in Palisade, MN. If you or your school aren’t sure what to do with  squash, you can stop wondering now! Learn everything you need to know from this Squash-Harvest of The Month Family Newsletter  provided by Aitkin County SHIP and partners. You’ll find... Continue Reading

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