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Minnesota Student Survey Data Available

The Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) is conducted every three years in Minnesota public schools. The survey asks questions about activities, experiences, and behaviors. Topics covered include tobacco, alcohol and drug use, physical activity, violence and safety, connections with school and family, health, and other topics. The survey is administered jointly by the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services, and Public Safety.

The 2010 MSS reports asks, "On how many of the last 7 days were you physically active for a combined total of at least 30 minutes?" This question addresses the previous adult recommendation for moderate intensity physical activity, and has been consistently asked for the MSS. Data collected from Minnesota students is pretty consistent, with boys reporting significantly more activity than girls. The follow prevalence of students report being physically active for at least 30 minutes on at least 5 days/week: 54% = 6th grade males, 42% = 6th grade females, 63% = 9th grade males, 50% = 9th grade females, 55% = 12th grade males, and 33% = 12th grade females. Twelfth grade girls the least likely to report meeting the adult recommendation for moderate intensity physical activity.

The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity daily. | 2010 Minnesota Student Survey | US DHHS Physical Activity Guidelines

Take the Minnesota Bicycle Map Survey!

The Minnesota Department of Transportation's (Mn/DOT's) Bicycle and Pedestrian Section has created an online survey to better understand what people in Minnesota want to see and use in a statewide bicycle map. Please take a few minutes to respond to Mn/DOT's state bicycle map survey - your input will guide state bicycle map development and state bicycle projects. Then, pass along the survey link to related stakeholder groups. | State Bicycle Map Survey | Mn/DOT Bike and Pedestrian Section

Complete Streets in Rural Communities Fact Sheet Available

By planning, designing, and constructing Complete Streets, communities of all sizes - whether rural hamlets, small towns, or big cities - are able to provide the quality access to jobs, health care, shops, and schools their residents deserve, while also achieving greater economic, environmental, and public health benefits. This fact sheet explores the ways a Complete Streets approach can help rural and small towns and counties to provide a more effective, balanced transportation system. | Complete Streets in Rural Communities

Everything You Wanted to Know About Curb Cuts and ADA

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) recently released guidelines on Curb Ramps for engineers, planners, and designers working at the city and county levels. These guidelines provide engineers, planners, and designers with current "best practices" and help them achieve successful curb ramp design and installations, which make intersections safer and more accessible for all pedestrian users. | Mn/DOT ADA Accessibility Tools and Resources

Program Director Position Available at Transit for Livable Communities

Transit for Livable Communities is hiring a Program Director to head our policy and organizing work. We are seeking an individual with management experience and a background in transportation, land use, public health, or engineering who can lead our advocacy team and contribute to TLC’s reputation for integrity, excellence, and vision. | TLC Program Director Position

Indian Health Service's Physical Activity Kit

The Physical Activity Kit (PAK) box is based on best and promising practices to increase physical activity. The PAK toolkit can be used in schools, communities, worksites, Head Start programs, elderly centers, and youth programs. The Goal of the PAK is to increase the time American Indians and Alaskan Natives spend in medium to high physical activity for all ages across the lifespan. While, the activities have been field tested to be culturally appropriate for Native communities, others might find PAK useful in their community. | IHS Physical Activity Kit

The Unequal Distribution of Health in the Twin Cities

On October 7, 2010 the Blue Cross Foundation and Wilder Research co-sponsored "Revealing socioeconomic factors that influence your health,"  an event that brought together almost 300 stakeholders to learn about key findings from a new report, The Unequal Distribution of Health in the Twin Cities. The report, commissioned by the foundation and conducted by Wilder Research looks at links between health outcomes and race, income, education and neighborhood conditions in the Twin Cities.

The report notes that people of color in Hennepin County are more likely to be obese or have diabetes. Some of the recommendations to address these health inequities are related to Statewide Health Improvement Program interventions, like the Active Communities and Schools interventions. Community recommendations to address health inequities include:

  • Instill health and safety considerations into land use and planning decisions.
  • Improve safety and accessibility of public transportation, walking, and biking.
  • Enhance opportunities for physical activity.

Unequal Distribution of Health in the Twin Cities


Walk Friendly Communities: Providing a Framework to Improve Walkability

Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) is a national recognition program developed to encourage towns and cities across the U.S. to establish or recommit to a high priority for supporting safer walking environments. The WFC program will recognize communities that are working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort.The WFC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, with support from a variety of other partners. | Walk Friendly Communities

Looking for a way to get know your city or county planner better? MDH is hosting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) training opportunity for thirty pairs (i.e., public health profession and planner) on December 10 to learn more about how the HIA tool can be used to promote and support health in the local planning process. The training is looking to accept twenty pairs from greater Minnesota, so, connect with your local planner and invite them to a free lunch and training opportunity! RSVP your pair of attendees by Monday, November 29 to Kristin Raab at kristin.raab@state.mn.us. | HIA Training Information

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