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

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

Tips for Fitting a Bike Helmet

May 16, 2017 Leave your thoughts

Keep yourself safe while biking! Wear a helmet and make sure it fits correctly. Here is some great information from the Minnesota Bicycling Handbook created by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.   HELMET POSITION Your helmet should sit level on your head and low on your forehead – one or two finger widths above your eyebrows. SIDE STRAPS Adjust the slider on... Continue Reading

Thinking about Buying a Bike?

April 4, 2017 Leave your thoughts

The new Minnesota Bicycling Handbook has a ton of great information, including a guide to buying a bicycle. Here is a summary: Guide to Buying a Bicycle IF spring time has you thinking of getting a new or used bike, these questions will help you decide which kind of bike will serve you best: What type of riding will you do?... Continue Reading


Students Educate their State Representatives

February 27, 2017 Leave your thoughts

On February 22 three students from Two Harbors High School joined a group from the American Lung Association to lobby at the capitol for stronger tobacco prevention and control. Thank you students! These students were part of the bigger Minnesota Smoke-free Generation Day at the capital. Equipped with stories about how big tobacco targets them, young leaders educated their Representatives... Continue Reading

Be a Leader!

January 24, 2017 Leave your thoughts

You could be the one to make a difference in someone’s life. Do you have personal experience dealing with falls or an ongoing chronic health condition?  Or do you have life experience living with a family member who has fallen or is living with a chronic illness? If yes, the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging is seeking volunteers or professionals... Continue Reading

Turn a Walking Goal into Real Pleasure for the New Year

December 28, 2016 Leave your thoughts

Does walking give you pleasure? It improves your circulation; it strengthens your bones. It even leads to a longer life. According to author Daniell Ariely, you might still answer “no” to that question because, he claims, pleasure is usually thought of as momentary and usually connects to things like sitting on the beach drinking mojitos. “The interesting thing is if... Continue Reading

30 Seconds to Safety

December 22, 2016 Leave your thoughts

While we at Healthy Northland promote the health benefits of walking, we also know that, according to the CDC, pedestrians—people who travel by foot, wheelchair, stroller, or similar means—are among the most vulnerable users of the road. No one plans to slip on the ice or get hit by a car. So please take 30 seconds to learn how to... Continue Reading