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Obesity rates across Minnesota have remained relatively constant since 2010, while rates in the U.S. and other neighboring states have increased. One contributing factor is the Statewide Health Improvement Program – our surrounding states do not have this infrastructure or investment in improving population health. This translates into a $265 million savings in obesity-related medical expenses.

Ken Brown, Olmsted County Commissioner and Public Health Advisory Board member

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It Takes a Village to Breath Fresh Air
“It has gone better than expected,” explains Eric Boline, property manager at Villages at Essex Park. The apartment complex celebrated the one year anniversary since the property went smoke-free in 2012 with the help of the Statewide Health Improvement Program.

Green smoke free signVillages decided to go smoke-free after they found that 79 percent of Olmsted residents that live there would prefer to live in a smoke-free building. The policy also fits well with the “Med City” culture—a city dedicated to good health—that now Rochester has one more apartment complex to be excited about. Read more (PDF)

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Updated Monday, March 28, 2016 at 12:22PM