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You are invited! Active Living Conference in Glencoe!

October 17th, 2019

 

Join your friends and neighbors as we learn about various community-based active living and health initiatives that are happening in our region. Several guest speakers will be sharing the exciting things they’re doing back in their communities, as we explore active living opportunities in Glencoe.

This is a free event sponsored by the City of Glencoe and McLeod County Public Health.

Questions?  Contact Dan Ehrke at the City of Glencoe or Kerry Ward at McLeod County Public Health.

It’s being held at the Glencoe City Center on Tuesday, October 29th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Crow River Area Breastfeeding Coalition 2018 Year in Review

April 9th, 2019

What We’ve Been Up To/Year In Review

 

The Crow River Area Breastfeeding Coalition has had a busy year fulfilling the mission of collaborating with local health departments, WIC, healthcare, and community members to protect, support, and promote breastfeeding.

The coalition continues to work hard to:

  • Collaborate with local health departments, WIC, healthcare, and community members to protect, support, and promote breastfeeding.
  • Provide a clear and consistent message through the community about breastfeeding resources and support.

Find out more details below:

Year In Review Handout

We are excited to see where this next year will bring the Crow River Area Breastfeeding Coalition, and this is a great time to start planning another successful year!

Please join us!

For more information contact:

Whitney Nelson at WhitneyNelson@co.sibley.mn.us

or Jenny Crowe at jenny.crowe@co.meeker mn.us

Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities Leadership Team receives Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Public Health

October 31st, 2018

Earlier this month, Minnesota’s public health community honored five people and three groups for outstanding contributions to public health in Minnesota at an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the annual Community Health Conference in the Brainerd area.

At this ceremony, the Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities Leadership received a Certificate of Recognition for their commitment and contributions to advance public health locally. In its 20 years of operation, the MMS Healthy Communities Leadership Team works to coordinate health promotion and maximize its resources. It serves as the community health board’s SHIP community leadership team, provides competitive mini-grants to community projects focused on priority health issues, and coordinates a joint community health needs assessment with local hospitals. Through collaboration, the group tackles priorities together, like creating portable breastfeeding stations and addressing barriers to preschool transportation.

Allie Elbert, Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Services, and Nancy Mellesmoen, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, accepted this award on behalf of the MMS Healthy Communities Leadership Team.

Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm praised the recipients for their service to their communities as well as their work to improve health and reduce health inequities. “We are fortunate in Minnesota to have so many talented and dedicated people working to protect, maintain and improve our health,” Commissioner Malcolm said. “These awards recognize our public health professionals, elected officials, and volunteers for the many ways they help make Minnesota’s residents and communities healthier.”

The Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities Leadership Team (CLT) is currently in the process of planning for their next joint community health assessment (CHA). A CHA is foundational to improving and promoting the health of a community. During the assessment, the community health board (or another lead organization) identifies and describes the health of the community served, the factors that contribute to health challenges, and existing community assets and resources they can mobilize to improve the community’s health. The assessment helps ensure that local resources are directed toward where they can make the greatest and most timely impact. As a part of this process, the CLT is conducting a random sample survey in the mail. If your household happens to receive one of these surveys, please take the time to complete it to help the CLT in planning for the future.

For more information on the Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities Leadership Team, please visit www.mmshealthycommunities.org .

Meeker County Residents – We would love your input!

October 31st, 2018

Meeker county is currently updating its Trails Plan and would like your input! Please answer the questions regarding trails in Meeker County via the link provided below. The survey should only take a few minutes and your answers will remain confidential. The survey will remain open until November 15th, 2018. Thank you for your participation.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MeekerTrailsSurvey

 

Minnesota’s adult obesity rate growing slower than Upper Midwest States

September 18th, 2018

Minnesota alone in Midwest staying below 30 percent

Minnesota’s adult obesity rate rose to 28.4 percent in 2017 but continued to outperform neighboring states with a slower rate of increase.

CDC released 2017 state- and territory-specific data on adult obesity prevalence using self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) uses these data to inform the public about the prevalence of obesity in the state, track changes over time and support planning of public health interventions to reduce obesity.

People who are obese face an increased risk for a range of serious diseases and health conditions, including high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease and cancer. Preventing obesity requires changes in the food and physical environments, personal behavior and social norms. Research estimates that obesity cost the state $2.8 billion in 2009 dollars.

SHIP, which is active in all 87 counties and 10 tribal nations, spends $17.5 million per year from Minnesota’s Health Care Access Fund to support grant funding for local efforts to create healthier communities. From August 2016 to September 2017, SHIP communities worked with more than 4,000 partner sites across Minnesota.

SHIP works across Minnesota to implement locally led strategies that expand access to healthy food and physical activity in neighborhoods, schools, worksites and health care settings. It also supports state initiatives to improve and expand bike and pedestrian infrastructure and national efforts to promote walking and walkable communities.

Throughout the Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Services area, SHIP has supported healthy changes in local schools, worksites, food shelves, farmer’s markets, health care organizations and communities and has been a vital component for giving residents the opportunity to be healthy.