Hutchinson

Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities is making a difference!

June 25th, 2014

The Healthy Communities Collaborative has been working for the past 4 1/2 years to help create good health where residents, live, work, learn and play.

Through SHIP funding, we are working on making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice! See the You Tube Video below.

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Below are report summaries divided out by sectors – Worksites, Schools, Community, and Health Care. We are proud of our partners and our staff assigned to work on these initiatives though Statewide Health Improvement Program funding through the Minnesota Department of Health.

The work we are doing through SHIP improves health and saves money by building stronger communities. Our local communities chose SHIP strategies that are best for them. The result? Real, community-led improvements in healthy eating, physical activity and reduced commercial tobacco use.

MMS Progress Report Summary 2013

Communities 2013 Report

Health Care 2013 Report

Schools 2013 Report

Work Sites 2013 Report

 

Canning Class to be offered in July 2014

June 11th, 2014

Planning on making your own delicious sauce or salsa from all of those beautiful tomatoes that you will harvest from your garden this summer?

Learn how to safely preserve those special recipes at the Preserve Your Harvest Class taught by Deb Botzek University of Minnesota Extension scheduled for

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 from 6-8 pm

at the McLeod County Fairgrounds.

Cost: $3.00 for handouts

Please call Karen at 320-583-4419 to register.

Be inspired by a Communtiy becoming connected and getting fit together!

August 27th, 2012

Hutchinson Community Running Group is an inspiring group!   This user based group started with a run on National Running Day around June 6th with a few people in Hutchinson getting together for an evening run.  Since then, they have met every Wednesday with the hope of encouraging others to run with them.  They used the tag #1of100 for their goal of getting 100 runners.  Their goal was achieved last Wednesday- August 22nd with over 100 community runners showing up to join their weekly social fun run.  What a  great example of a group of people teaming up in their community to promote wellness and outreach!

FREE CLASS: “PRESERVING TOMATOES AND SALSA

August 8th, 2012

FREE CLASS:  “PRESERVING TOMATOES AND SALSA

From salsa to spaghetti sauce, from spicy tomato juice to tomato jam, home preserved tomatoes are versatile and tasty!  Learn the safest and most current tomato preservation methods for canning, freezing, drying, and making salsa.

Join us for Preserving Tomatoes and Salsa on Tuesday, August 14 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm and repeated from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Litchfield Senior High School in Room C110 (FACS Room).

Presenter will be Deb Botzek-Linn, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Food Safety.

This class is sponsored by “One Vegetable, One Community” and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.  Attendance  is free, although pre-registration is requested by calling Meeker County Public Health at 320.693.5370.

Whether you are new to home food preservation or have been preserving tomatoes for years, this session is for you!

 

 

 

Swimming…Beat the Heat, and Be Active!

July 25th, 2012

Why Swimming???  Here are a few facts that highlight some of the benefits of choosing swimming as your choice of exercise!

  • An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories! More than walking or biking!
  • Swimming strengthens the heart and lungs and works the body’s major muscles
  • Swimming helps reduce stress
  • Water’s buoyancy makes swimming the ideal exercise for anyone seeking a low impact exercise
  • Swimming is a great cardio exercise because you are moving against the water’s resistance which is over ten times that of the air
  • Because it’s FUN!!!