Strategies 1.2.3: Increase physical activity for all in Minnesota

Strategy from the 2011-2020 Minnesota Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Plan

2010 Healthy Kids/Physical Education Bill
School districts are required to implement health wellness provisions by the 2012-2013 school year, which reinstates physical education as a required academic standard. The Healthy Kids Act also encourages development of active recess guidelines and a healthy kids awards program to recognize schools that create opportunities for students to make healthy food choices and be physically active.

Website: Minnesota Session Laws Chapter 396--S.F. No. 2908

2010 Minnesota Complete Streets Law

Chapter 351, Sec. 52 as passed by the Minnesota Legislature includes a requirement for Mn/DOT to consult with stakeholders and then implement a Complete Streets Policy in Minnesota for the state highway system. The law also encourages local agencies to adopt their own policies. The Commissioner of Transportation assigned the Mn/DOT Director of Context Sensitive Solutions to lead this effort.

Website: MN Complete Streets Law
Complete Streets

BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota - Active Living for All
BCBS awarded eight communities 5-year Active Living Grants in 2008. They are currently funding 9 projects through 2016

Active Living for All

Healthy Communities Partnership (HCP)
The HCP program is a partnership between Allina and local communities in greater Minnesota and western Wisconsin to promote health through prevention and wellness programs, administered by the George Family Foundation. In its second year, HCP has engaged more than 10,000 residents in 13 communities in screenings, health coaching, health challenges, worksite wellness programs and more. A hospital system in each community engaged local wellness resources to identify specific community needs, fill gaps and create a tighter social wellness network. Each community receives $475,000 over three years.

Contact:Courtney Jordan Baechler
Phone: (612) 863-6123
Contact: Nathan Kreps
Phone: (612) 863-1078

Legislative Advocacy - Physical Activity

Contact: Rachel Callanan, American Heart Association
Phone: (952) 278-7915
Website: You're the Cure Minnesota

MDH - SagePlus Program*
SagePlus provides low-income, underinsured or uninsured 40-64 year old women with knowledge, skills, and opportunities to improve their diet, physical activity, and other life habits to prevent, delay or control cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.  After an initial screening, which includes blood pressure, blood glucose, lipids, and weight, women receive risk reduction information tailored to their results and are offered the opportunity to participate in a year-long effort to improve their heart health.  Women may choose to work on diet, physical activity, tobacco cessation, or other health behaviors that impact their heart health.  Women who agree to commit to lifestyle change are assisted in designing specific, achievable, measurable steps to reach their goals.  SagePlus provides counseling, support, encouragement, as well as coordinating two optional activities designed to help women become more active and to increase their fruit and vegetable consumption.

Program ended in 2013.

MDH - Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives*
The Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) works to prevent disease before it starts by helping create healthier communities that support individuals seeking to make healthy choices in their daily lives. Community health boards and tribal governments were invited to apply for competitive SHIP grants in spring 2009 and fall 2011. SHIP works in the areas of community, school, workplace and health care toward sustainable, systemic changes that create widespread, lasting results.

MDH received a federal Community Transformation Grant (CTG) that also supports the physical activity strategies in northern Minnesota.

Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program

The Parks and Trails Legacy Grants program provides grants to local units of government to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance. Funding for this grant program is from the Parks and Trails Fund created by the Minnesota Legislature from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment passed by the voters in 2008. This program is established in Minnesota Statutes 85.535. This grant opportunity further increases opportunities for regular physical activity. The DNR has allocated over $3.4 million in 2014.

Website: Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program

Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) - Bicycle Planning

MnDOT recognizes bicycling as an important component of Minnesota’s transportation system. The purpose of the bicycle planning work is to provide foundational information to assist MnDOT in better integrating bikeway facility planning and implementation into its day-to-day business. MnDOT granted funds to GroupLens at the University of Minnesota to research and develop a multi-modal tool for Cyclopath. MnDOT is also developing a statewide policy and data plan for bicycling in Minnesota and will include a new state bicycle map.

Website: Bicycling

MnDOT - Minnesota Go
MnDOT launched the Minnesota GO visioning process to better align the transportation system with what Minnesotans expect for their quality of life, economy and natural environment.

It is now informing the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan (SMTP). This multimodal plan establishes guidance and priorities for state transportation decisions and into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) which identifies priority projects and how money will be spent. The SMTP and the different modal plans are updated every 4-6 years; the STIP is updated annually to keep pace with changing priorities, opportunities, and challenges.

Website: Minnesota Go
State Transportation Improvement Program

MnDOT - Safe Routes to School Program
The Safe Routes to School program provides communities with the opportunity to improve the built environment and promote bicycling and walking to school with infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects. In 2012, the MnDOT awarded $768,000 in federal funding for SRTS. The grants will support SRTS plans at 70 schools in 35 communities and implementation grants at 22 schools in 9 communities. Also, SRTS is now established in law as a state program. Governor Mark Dayton signed the Omnibus Transportation bill into law on May 10, 2012.

Website: Safe Routes to School

If you would like to report current activity around this strategy, please contact Sueling Schardin at (651) 201-4051 or

* Addresses health disparities


Updated Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 03:51PM