Bike share pedals into Grand Rapids

June 19, 2018 Comments Off on Bike share pedals into Grand Rapids

Getting to your destination by bike is easier than ever in Grand Rapids, Minn., thanks to a new community bike share. Just check out a bike at one of four locations around the city and take it to your next destination – free of charge. The program debuted in the fall of 2017, and the bikes traveled 240 miles in... Continue Reading

What’s new with food labels?

May 9, 2018 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 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

SHIP work inspires safer road design in Cloquet

March 28, 2018 Comments Off on SHIP work inspires safer road design in Cloquet

Bike lanes, sharrows and bump-outs became a reality in Cloquet through an Active Places Demonstration Project Grant from BlueCross and Blue Shield’s Center for Prevention. This funding ($5,000) was leveraged through Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) work in Cloquet. The Active Transportation Coalition in Cloquet has been active since 2012 and helped to prioritize the project in hopes to lead... Continue Reading

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Grants will help businesses support breastfeeding

March 28, 2018 Comments Off on Grants will help businesses support breastfeeding

The application deadline for the grant has passed.  The benefits of breastfeeding are extensive. Breastfed babies received added immunity from many illnesses, such as asthma, ear infections, and diabetes. Mothers that breastfeed have lower rates of diabetes, heart disease, and breast and ovarian cancer.  But, did you know that breastfeeding benefits workplaces, too? Becoming a breastfeeding supportive business delivers a... Continue Reading

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Lose weight and prevent diabetes with free class

March 23, 2018 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 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 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.

, 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 Comments Off on Indoor gardens produce fresh snacks year-round in Cook County

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 Comments Off on Breastfeeding efforts recognized

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