CPPW Communities

The Minnesota Communities Putting Prevention to Work effort was two-year program designed to promote wellness and reduce chronic diseases by changing our environment to enhance walkability, bringing healthier foods into our schools and communities, and increasing awareness of these opportunities all help to promote healthy choices.

MDH partnered with the City of Minneapolis and Olmsted County. After two years and ground-breaking work improving health on a community level, the project ended in the winter of 2012.

Minnesota's CPPW Communities was funded by the national Communities Putting Prevention to Work effort from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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One cornerstone for Minnesota's CPPW efforts was Making it Better: http://makingitbettermn.org/. People in Olmsted County and Minneapolis were invited to submit stories to the Making it Better web site about people working to build a healthier community.


CPPW funding supported a number of active living and healthy nutrition activities in Minneapolis, including:

  • Enhanced Safe Routes to School plans help ensure that kids can walk and bike to school safely.
  • Market Bucks help lower the cost of healthy fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets for low-income customers.
  • Expansion of Nice Ride bike share program.

Read more at the Minneapolis CPPW

Olmsted County

Olmsted County worked on a number of programs to promote wellness in their community, including:

  • Signage for bikeways and walkways helps people find routes for active living.
  • Bicycle Master Plan to promote cycling for transportation and active living.
  • Expansion of farmers’ markets throughout the county.

Read more at Olmsted CPPW

2011 Making it Better Conference:
Creating a Healthier Community Together

November 14-16, 2011

As part of a mentoring grant supplement from the CDC, Minnesota brought together stakeholders from throughout the country to increase knowledge of best practices; build skills in policy, systems, and environmental change efforts; and facilitate learning from each other in an effort to address the epidemic of obesity and commercial tobacco use and exposure.

Presentations are archived here.

Updated Monday, February 24, 2014 at 04:10PM