SHIP Success

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.

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


SHIP Success: Wellness Conference

January 22nd, 2014

On May 1, 2013, Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Services hosted a free Worksite Wellness Conference in Hutchinson for any worksites interested in learning more about worksite wellness and how to create wellness opportunities for their employees. In addition to several large-group speakers, participants also had the opportunity to attend breakout sessions throughout the day based on their interests for their worksite. Over 100 people were in attendance for this event which was made possible because of the SHIP grant.



SHIP Success: St. Paul’s School

January 12th, 2014

St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Arlington actively participated in healthy eating and Safe Routes to School during SHIP 2. They planted apple trees and a school garden to be used for their school cafeteria. They also taught the children bicycle and pedestrian safety at school, participated in walking and biking opportunities, and updated their school wellness policies to make these changes sustainable. Other Sibley County schools that participated in Farm to School include GFW, Sibley East, MNCS, St. Peter’s – Gibbon and Immanuel – Gaylord.

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SHIP Success – Henderson Farmer’s Market

December 22nd, 2013

The Henderson Farmer’s Market was one of two Sibley County Farmer’s Markets supported during SHIP 2. Some of the activities included: switching the market to Tuesday nights to coincide with the Classic Car Roll-In, creating formalized market guidelines to make it easier for growers to sign up as vendors, development of a logo to be used for marketing, and assistance with marketing of the Farmer’s Market. The Gaylord Farmer’s Market also participated and strengthened their relationship with the Chamber, created a frequent buyer program, increased the number and types of vendors, and purchased better signage. They also had special events to promote the market.