How Sherburne County is improving the health of its communities
Working with schools
- Healthy eating in schools: SHIP is working with schools to offer healthy snacks and healthy food at celebrations and fundraisers.
- More physical activity for kids: SHIP helps schools with Safe Routes to School programs, making it easier for kids to walk or bike to school. Plus, SHIP works to integrate more physical activity into their students’ day through Active Classrooms programs, Active Recess programs and physical education. For example, in 2012, Elk River Area School District’s Active Classrooms efforts have been a hit with both the students and the teachers. The district has two staff that train staff throughout the district on how to incorporate Active Classroom strategies into their classrooms. Daily students are receiving short activities in their regular classrooms that are increasing their cumulative physical activity throughout the day. Not only are the students getting more active but the teachers are noticing better behavior with the students as well.
- Decreased exposure to second-hand smoke at colleges: SHIP teams up with colleges interested in a tobacco-free policy for staff and visitors on school grounds, in student housing and at school sponsored events.
- More physical activity: Help create active communities by increasing opportunities for walking and bicycling.
- Decreased exposure to second-hand smoke at home: SHIP works with apartment building owners who wish to develop smoke-free housing policies.
- Tobacco-free parks: Sherburne SHIP works with communities interested in tobacco-free parks, playgrounds, beaches, zoos, fairs and other recreational settings.
- Healthy food in child care: SHIP offers training and technical assistance to child care providers to improve nutrition and teach kids about healthy eating. For example, in 2012, eight providers attended LANA classes in 2012, and Heritage Montessori School implemented LANA for their kids.
- Active child care: More physical activity is now available in licensed child care and pre-school settings through programs such as I Am Moving, I Am Learning.
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Community Leadership Team
- Rachel Leonard, Sherburne County
- Katie Larson, City of Big Lake
- Jon Sevald, Sherburne County Planning
- Judy Johnson, ISD- 728
- Brad Schnitzler, ISD-727
- Debbi Rydberg, Elk River Chamber of Commerce
- Alicia Bauman, Smoke Free Communities