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Minnesota Parks & Trails Legacy Plan

In 2008, Minnesotans passed the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Act.  14.25% of the funds generated from the 3/8% increase in the sales tax will provide funding for regional and state parks and trails.

A plan needs to be developed to provide guidance for how these funds should be spent, as well as other traditional sources of funding for state and regional parks and trails.  The Park and Trail Legacy Plan will include strategies for addressing the issues, trends, and needs for the state and regional park and trail system.   

The Department of Natural Resources has been charged to lead the planning effort in collaboration with other park and trail providers, non governmental organizations, and residents. The plan will include goals and measurable outcomes and a vision for Minnesotans of what the regional and state parks and trails will look like in 25 years. GET INVOLVED in the process - attend a regional meeting. Meetings will be in St. Cloud, Baudette, St. Paul, Thief River Falls, Forest Lake, Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Savage, Grand Rapids, Brainerd, Duluth, Eden Prairie, Marshall, Minneapolis, Rochester and Mankato. | Parks and Trails Legacy Plan | Public Meeting Details

Building a Walkable, Bikeable Community and Safe Routes to School Videos Available

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota's Center for Prevention has produced two new videos. "Building a Walkable, Bikeable Community" tells the story of how community leaders have made strategic decisions to create an activity-friendly city in Hopkins, MN. The Safe Routes to School video shows how Read Pine Elementary School in Eagan, MN supports more kids walking or biking to school. | Building a Walkable, Bikeable Community Video | Safe Routes to School Video

In Pursuit of an Active Education: Policy Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Physical Education and Physical Activity in Schools

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota recently commissioned a policy brief from the Public Health Law Center, “In Pursuit of an Active Education: Policy Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Physical Education and Physical Activity in K-12 Schools.”

The brief reviews federal, state and local polices that address school-based physical education and physical activity, summarizes legislative trends among states, and analyzes policy considerations associated with six approaches that show particular promise:

  • Improving physical education curricula, teacher qualifications and accountability;
  • Integrating physical activity into the school day and maximizing recess opportunities;
  • Expanding outdoor environmental education opportunities;
  • Conducting, tracking and reporting BMI or similar health screenings;
  • Partnering with communities on Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) programs; and
  • Enhancing physical activity opportunities in school-based after school programs.

In Pursuit of an Active Education: Policy Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Physical Education and Physical Activity in K-12 Schools Report

National Physical Activity Plan Launch May 3, 2010

On May 3, 2010, the National Physical Activity Plan will kick off with a signature launch event in Washington, D.C. States, cities, towns, companies, departments, schools, hospitals—organizations of all sorts—are invited to join in by letting lawmakers, the media and the public know about this important Plan. This is an opportunity to energize your organization and your community, and to share the excitement of a national initiative to get America healthy and active! Local officials are the key to making the changes that can help ensure opportunities for all Americans to be more active. After the Plan is released on May 3, enhance your involvement by examining the tactics from the Plan that can be easily implement in your community. Experts from many fields have contributed to developing the Plan. The National Physical Activity Plan is a comprehensive set of strategies, including policies, practices and initiatives, aimed at increasing physical activity in the population level. | National Physical Activity Plan | Physical Activity Plan Launch Resources and Tools

Free Fuel Up to Play 60 School Wellness Kits Available

Fuel Up to Play 60, the school wellness program provided by the National Dairy Council®, your local Dairy Council and the National Football League, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is helping to make wellness part of the game plan in more than 60,000 schools across the country!

The program encourages school teams to make real changes in their eating and physical activity habits by choosing and implementing Action Strategies that help them “fuel up” with healthy foods and “get up and play” for 60 minutes a day. Fuel Up to Play 60 can be used to complement an existing school wellness program, or to help a school get started.

When you join Fuel Up to Play 60, your school will receive:

  • A FREE School Wellness Kit complete with tools, resources and display materials to help you kick off, promote and implement the program.
  • New opportunities for funding, recognition and rewards for students, educators and schools.
  • Full access to Fuel Up to Play 60 online tools, Action Strategies, resources and ideas.
  • Monthly e-newsletters with updates, ideas from other schools, and wellness news for all staff and parents who join.

Join Fuel Up to Play 60, request a free School Wellness Kit, or learn more about the program

Physical Activity and Academic Achievement Report from CDC

CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) is released a new report, entitled The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance, on April 14, 2010. The report indicates school-based physical activity may help improve students’ grades and test scores and positively affect other factors that influence academic achievement. The report also concludes that adding time during the school day for physical activity does not appear to take away from academic performance. The report and executive summary are available on the DASH Health and Academics Web site. | Health and Academics Report | National Association for Sport and Physical Education brochure

Medica Foundation accepting letters of inquiry in Organization Mission Support

Medica's second funding cycle will open on May 3 and run through May 28 during where the Foundation will accept online letters of inquiry in Organizational Core Mission Support in Greater Minnesota Communities: This new funding priority provides small grants to organizations in the regional and rural areas of Medica’s service area. Funding will support health-related programming that is core to the organization’s nonprofit mission. Range of Funding: Individual grants may be awarded up to $5,000. | Medica Foundation Grant Opportunity

Interactive Asthma Action Plan from MDH

The MDH Asthma Program is pleased to announce the availability of the new interactive Asthma Action Plan (iAAP). If you have a child with asthma (an estimated 85,000 Minnesota children have asthma), the NIH guidelines recommend that you have a written plan (AAP) for your child and share a copy of the plan with the child's school health office, daycare provider, coach, or others who may care for your child.  So, please feel free to refer your child's health care provider to the resource. Improved self management of asthma reduces asthma hospitalizations and emergency room visits, thus both reducing health care costs and improving the quality of life for people with asthma and their families.

The iAAP is a clinical decision support tool for prescribing clinicians. It reflects the many assessment diagrams and treatment plan step options defined in the NIH, EPR-3 Asthma Guidelines (2007). MDH has incorporated these algorithms into a user friendly computerized program that takes the prescribing clinician through an interactive, step-by step assessment, treatment, and prescribing process. The outcome is a patient-specific printed AAP that lists daily and rescue medications with specific steps to take when asthma symptoms are occurring. | Asthma Action Plan

Stairstep Foundation 7th Annual Church Olympics Event

The Stairstep Foundation presents "Moving by Faith" - Church Olympics and Family Day from May 2 through June 26.Participants can participate in a six week walking challenge, family bike ride & walk, roller skating, golf tournament, basketball tournament, and track and field event. To participate or volunteer call Helen Jackson Lockett-El at 612.521.3110. | Stairstep Foundation 

Grant Program for Youth Sports Leagues from Liberty Mutual

Responsible Sports, a philanthropic program of insurance company Liberty Mutual, is accepting applications from youth sports organizations in the United States to participate in its Responsible Sports Community Grant program.  Teams and organizations compete in one of three categories for a Responsible Sports grant: large division (two hundred or more players), small division (under two hundred players), and educational groups (school athletic programs). For the Spring 2010 grant period, youth sports organizations will compete for one of fourteen grants of $2,500 each, divided between the two divisions based on the size of the organization. Schools (districts, athletic departments, teams, booster clubs, etc.) will compete for one of six grants of $5,000 each, due by May 31, 2010.  To be eligible, organizations must be a registered nonprofit youth sport organization recognized by the governing bodies of their sport(s). Organizations must serve the community at large and must be open to the general public. | Youth Sports Leagues Grant

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