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

I’d Like to Bike to Work but . . .

May 16, 2017 Leave your thoughts

Do you ever find yourself thinking about how great it would be to bike to work or school? You aren’t alone. Bike communing has grown by 62% from 2000 to 2013! You know you would get great exercise, be kind to the environment, and even save money! But then something gets in your way.  You realize you don’t want to get... Continue Reading