News release: New documentary explores public health impacts of climate change in Minnesota

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April 17, 2014

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New documentary explores public health impacts of climate change in Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Health and Twin Cities Public Television collaborate on new video

How will climate change affect the daily lives of Minnesotans, in particular, their health? That's the question explored in a new documentary that was a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Twin Cities Public Television (tpt). The new video, Health and Climate, premieres Sunday, April 20 at 7 p.m. on tpt MN in the Twin Cities Metro Area and on the MN Channel throughout the state.

Two MDH programs, MN Climate & Health and Minnesota Environmental Public Health Tracking, played a key role in developing content and finding experts to speak on various topics. The video features interviews with meteorologists Mark Seeley and Paul Douglas, and staff from MDH, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources.

The documentary is a magazine-style production that includes short segments that can stand-alone as clips. It highlights the impact of climate change on our day-to-day lives. It explores how climate change will impact Minnesotans in areas including sports, recreation and farming. The purpose is to engage middle-school students, their families, teachers and coaches, and empower them to adapt to Minnesota's changing climate.

The department is developing educational materials for middle school students. Those materials will encourage discussion of climate and health and reinforce the concepts presented in the documentary. MDH plans to have the materials ready for the 2014 school year.

Health and Climate is available on the MDH website for use by teachers, students, and others at:

For additional broadcasts of Health and Climate, visit


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Media inquiries:

Scott Smith
MDH Communications