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Health Commissioner Visits McLeod County Health Promotion Efforts May 1, 2015
"What are you seeing out here today in Hutchinson on the tour you took today?
First of all, I saw all of the people who came out to really present what they are doing in Meeker, McLeod, and Sibley counties and the City of Hutchinson. They are really coming together to see how they can change their environment to make it really conducive for people to be physically active and eat good food. They have got a new farmer’s market and some great bike trails. They have added some art along the walking and biking trails. This adds another level of enjoyment to the physical activity people are getting. So it’s an impressive place to come and visit, but I’m sure it’s an impressive and fun place to live."
Minnesota Health Commissioner Visits Washington County Health Improvement Sites for Youth and Elderly Residents
Commissioner Washington County SHIP audio clip (m4a: 710KB/1:27)
On April 10, Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger met with state lawmakers and local officials at Pine Hill Elementary in Cottage Grove and Cardinal Pointe in Oakdale to discuss Washington County’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). They toured Pine Hill Elementary to learn about how Washington County, the City of Cottage Grove and the school partnered on an aeroponic farming project to teach 360 students in 17 classrooms about math, science, health and social studies related to agriculture. In Oakdale, Commissioner Ehlinger and guests learned about how Washington County worked with the Vital Aging Network and the Oakdale Wellness 50+ group on a senior fitness assessment at Cardinal Pointe. In addition to the assessment, the program provided training on recommended exercises to increase strength, balance, endurance and mobility to decrease falls.
Learn more about Washington County's efforts at Living Healthy in Washington County.
"Tell me about what you saw today with the SHIP program.
What’s been really fun here in Washington County is to see both ends of the age spectrum. We saw kids in school really learn how to grow vegetables and learning how it related to things they’re learning in school: science, technology, engineering, math, reading, social studies – all about growing plants.
On the other end of the spectrum, we saw senior citizens learning how to really do life-saving skills, basically. How to get out of a chair, how to get off the floor and how being physically active makes them healthier, more social and really enjoy life a whole lot more. With SHIP as the thing bringing them all together, we can create a healthy community at both ends of the age spectrum.
SHIP is a lot about local partnerships. Did you see a lot of local partnerships today?
What was fun today was to see the community leadership that’s evolving from this. With the business community, the health care community, the volunteer community – all coming together to say how can we work together to implement these program that change health in Washington County. The community leadership was evident in both places today."
Commissioner Ehlinger visits Sherburne County to discuss health improvements - Feb. 13, 2015
Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Representative Nick Zerwas and Senator Mary Kiffmeyer checking out glurch during their visit to Liberty Elementary in Big Lake, Minnesota.
Commissioner SHIP audio clip (mp3: 3KB/16 seconds)
Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger met with members of the Big Lake Schools administration, Sherburne County Health and Human Services, as well as local elected officials to discuss the success of Sherburne County’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). We asked Commissioner Ehlinger about the importance of SHIP.
"SHIP is really 21st century public health. It really takes local control, local leadership, local ownership of issues that really focuses on the needs of today. And what we are seeing here in Sherburne County is a perfect example of how that can play out.”