Find a National Night Out event near you!

August 4th, 2015


This community-police awareness-raising event in the United States, which is annually held on the first Tuesday of August, National Night Out has been celebrated since 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of town Watch in the United States and Canada.

National Night Out was created to increase awareness about police programs in communities.
Some of these programs include:

  • Drug prevention
  • town watch
  • Neighborhood watch
  • Other anti-watch

Events around the country are normally organized by block watches, non-for-profit organizations, companies and police departments.  These events can be as simple as backyard barbecues to full-blown festivals.

Contact your local police department or watch your local newspapers for your local national night out events  or for more information, see

Get out there and use the trails and bike!

July 29th, 2015


This is an excerpt from Explore MN -

Biking has many benefits beyond the great things that it does for our bodies, brains, wallets, and overall well-being. Among these, it’s great for the environment!

The air we breathe when we bike, however, can be unhealthy. Depending on the time of day and traffic levels, air quality can be downright crummy — especially during rush hour. In fact, a recent U of M study found that pollution in the morning can be 2 to 3.5 times higher than it is in the afternoon, and 1.5 to 2.3 times higher on roads than on off-road trails. So take advantage of the wonderful resources at our fingertips.  Minnesota’s miles of paved trails are a cyclist’s dream. Many bike trails (see map) are along former railroad beds, offering secluded, scenic biking. Several are part of the Minnesota State Trails system, while other trails and routes are regional or metropolitan. Some of the longest paved trails include the Root RiverSakatah Singing HillsCentral LakesLake WobegonHeartlandPaul Bunyan and Mesabi. Those who dig the challenge of spinning over rugged hillsides will find a bounty of mountain bike trails.

Order or view the Minnesota Biking Guide online, which features detailed information about bike trails in every region of the state. Even more biking resources are available on Pedal Minnesota.

Healthy Communities Wants You to Get Gnarly and Embrace the Power of Parks and Recreation this July

July 13th, 2015

Park Rec

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation, play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities all across the country.

This year marks 30 years of Park and Recreation Month and in celebration NRPA and Healthy Communities are encouraging everyone to throw it back to the 80s at their local parks and recreation facilities. Wear your best 80s gear to your favorite rec center class or enjoy an 80s music jam session in your nearest park. Most importantly, just get out to experience the power of parks and recreation for yourself.

July is the perfect time to highlight all the benefits parks and recreation provides right here in Meeker, McLeod and Sibley Counties. Our local parks and recreation directly contribute to reduced obesity rates, an improved ecosystem and increased property values.”

Nationally, NRPA is celebrating by sharing the impact parks and recreation has in all of our lives by releasing a short animated video titled the “Power of Parks.” NRPA encourages everyone who supports parks and recreation to watch and share the video with the hashtag #JulyPRM30. For more information, visit


Meeker Memorial Hospital and Clinic will be a Tobacco Free Campus

May 11th, 2015

Meeker Memorial Hospital (MMH) was smoke-free for more than 25 years. As a healthcare facility the sale of tobacco products or smoking has not been allowable in the building. As the number one cause of deaths in the United States, tobacco remains a priority health concern. As a healthcare leader, in May during National Hospital Week, May 10-16th, MMH will implement a Tobacco-Free Campus policy for all patients, visitors and staff. A Tobacco-MMH Announcement for Tobacco Free Campus PhotoFree Campus means that tobacco use not only is not allowed in the buildings but now will no longer be allowed on the grounds or in vehicles parked on the grounds including the use of electronic cigarettes. This step as a healthcare leader will align with the hospital Mission.

Efforts are being led by the MMH Wellness Team and Tobacco Free Campus Taskforce. In 2010, MMH was a program recipient of start up grant funding to form a Worksite Wellness Team through the Meeker, McLeod and Sibley Healthy Communities Collaborative with funding from the MN Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). Since that time, the MMH Wellness Team has implemented many worksite initiatives serving not only staff but the community.

Now, staff can engage in fitness breaks, access a Mother’s Room, to support mom’s returning to work who are breastfeeding, have a hospital Garden to Table program to provide fresh vegetables to staff and visitors in the Prairie Winds Cafe‘ or for patient meals. There is a new Fit Choices 4 Life menu offered by A’viands nutrition services and healthy catering offered for community groups and staff. Staff are encouraged to exercise using hospital equipment and grounds. More classes and community space is dedicated for Weight Watchers, TOPS and RSVP Bone Builders or other community health programs.

A tobacco-free campus was a long term goal for the Wellness Team to implement. It affects, staff, visitors, and patients. This commitment to healthy living continues to grow inside and outside the hospital; helping MMH fulfill part of its Mission to help make the Meeker County area a healthier place to live.

Across the state of MN, hospitals are working on community health initiatives, an important part of the Strengthening Healthy Communities campaign launched by the MN Hospital Association. Efforts happening at Meeker Memorial support this broad base effort. “As an anchor in our community, it is our social responsibility to not only provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art healthcare, but to engage with our area residents in optimizing the health and wellness of our entire community,” says Kyle Rasmussen, MMH’s CEO. For more information, support classes and materials to assist patients and visitors regarding the MMH Tobacco Free Campus go to:

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