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Physical Activity

"Physical activity is the wonder drug."
Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Active Transporationboy on bike

Story: Pipestone gets active

How can a community increase biking and walking, and along the way make their towns safer and more enjoyable?

One effective way is through a “Complete Streets” policy. That is exactly what Southwest Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) is working toward, one city at a time.

“We want to provide a safe way for people to get from one end of town to the other, whether that’s by bike, on foot or even in a wheelchair,” says Jeff Moberg of Southwest SHIP. Learn more


Safe Routes to Schoolchildren walking home from school

Story: Safe Routes + Walking Tuesdays = Healthy Kids

With the help of Statewide Health Improvement Program, Fairmont’s Safe Routes to School program has become a staple of Fairmont students’ school day.

Beginning in 2010, the Safe Routes to School program in Fairmont was a hopeful discussion among local elementary schools, the Fairmont Policy Department, local hospital, newspaper and bus company as well as other business and community members. In 2012, the group’s mission resulted in wider crosswalks, more curb cuts, cross extra walking guards, pedestrian and bike safety education. Learn more.


Active Schools Minnesota

Story: Esko PE teacher earns national award for active schools efforts

She earned Minnesota’s Elementary Teacher of the Year award in 2004, Dance Teacher of the Year in 2008 and Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2014.

Cyndee Johnson, a physical education teacher at Esko Public Schools, can now add a national award to that list of accolades. Johnson, known as “CJ” to students and colleagues at Winterquist Elementary School, received the inaugural Let's Move! Active Schools Outstanding Physical Activity Leader (PAL) Award. The school is one of 14 participating in the Active Schools Minnesota Pilot Study. Learn more.


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Updated Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 11:01AM