Meeker

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.

 

 

 

Working together to make the healthy choice the easy choice…

July 18th, 2018

Even though Minnesota is seen as a rich agricultural state, not everyone has access to healthy and affordable food. In some communities, finding fresh food means traveling long distances from home or paying unaffordable prices. Too many Minnesotans cannot find fresh fruits and vegetables near their homes or what they can find is limited and expensive. We need communities that support our healthy choices. We all need access to fresh fruits and vegetables. We need healthy choices in our workplaces and communities. Our children deserve to be offered healthy choices in school. Across Minnesota, communities are working together through the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) to expand healthy eating and active living opportunities. With this concern in mind, the Minnesota Department of Health, Meeker McLeod Sibley Community Health Service and community partners like Meeker McLeod Sibley Healthy Communities are working to increase access to and the selection of healthy foods to improve health and reduce chronic diseases for all by implementing community-based healthy eating strategies.
The goal of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) is to help Minnesotans live longer, healthier, better lives by preventing risk factors that lead to chronic disease. MMS CHS and the Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities Collaborative have been working for the past 4 1/2 years to help create good health where residents, live, work, learn and play. They are working together on making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice! You can find out about the work they do together at http://www.mmshealthycommunities.org/

2018 We Walk 4 Life – Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Event

July 18th, 2018

The 2nd Annual We Walk 4 Life, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Event will be Sunday, September 16th at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. The event will take place from 12pm – 4pm with gates opening and activities starting at 11am. Activities include an opening program, lap walk/run (not timed) starting at 1pm, balloon release, music by Chopper The World’s Nuttiest DJ, kids activities, silent auction, reflection path, beverages, and food. Registration is $15 and all activities, food and beverages are free of charge with paid registration.

Pre-Registration is required. To register online visit Eventbrite.com or email WeWalk4Life@gmail.com

Register by August 13th to receive a free tote bag!

Suicide & Mental Health Awareness Conference

February 23rd, 2018

We are excited to share this information about a local healthcare conference being held in Hutchinson on April 9th, 2018.

Please click link for details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-suicide-mental-health-awareness-conference-cont-ed-for-hcw-tickets-42723395827

A PDF of the brochure is also attached.

Registration is now open and closes Friday, March 23rd. Space is limited and is filling up fast!

This all day conference features world class speakers, plus local presenters, it is only $15 and includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch.

Certificates of attendance will be given to participants. This event does meet the MN Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for nurses (7 CEUs) and has been approved by MN Board of Social Work (7 contact hours)!

Intended audience: Physicians, Nurses, Mental Health Professionals & Practitioners, Social Workers, Case Managers, Chemical Dependency/ Rehabilitation Workers, Nursing Assistants, Personal Care Attendants, Community Support Workers and anyone interested in learning more about the topic!

This conference is being made possible with the proceeds raised at the SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) Walk for Life – Hutchinson, that was held September 17, 2017 at the McLeod County Fairgrounds. 700+participated and over $39,000 was raised through the generosity of business and organizational sponsorships, team fundraising and individual donations.

Please share with anyone you think that might be interested!