"Physical activity is the wonder drug."
Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
What's happening in communities
Bike lending program becomes rewarding city asset
In Lake City, a program is proving that biking can be much more than transportation. It can also be a community asset that gives residents the chance to be more physically active and healthier. Learn more.
Glenwood prepares for Complete Streets with downtown road reconstruction project
A planned road reconstruction project is giving the city of Glenwood an opportunity to make six blocks of its downtown more bicycle and pedestrian friendly while adding amenities such as trees, plants and benches. The city is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Transportation on a Complete Streets initiative. Learn more.
Austin's Red Bike Project promotes pedal power
Bright red bikes are fixtures in a city that's on the move with a goal of building a more active, bike friendly community. The Red Bike Project, Austin's free bike sharing program, launched in April with help from Mower County Statewide Health Improvement Program. Learn more
What's happening in schoolsFollow the Moose for a Safe Route to School
They’ve been dubbed “Moose Routes,” but they didn’t get that designation because of the wild animals migrating through the area. These biking and walking paths got the name because they provide safe routes for kindergarten through 12th grade students traveling to Moose Lake Community School. Learn more.
Esko teacher earns national award for active schools efforts
She earned Minnesota’s Elementary Teacher of the Year award in 2004, Dance Teacher of the Year in 2008 and Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2014.
Cyndee Johnson, a physical education teacher at Esko Public Schools, can now add a national award to that list of accolades. Johnson, known as “CJ” to students and colleagues at Winterquist Elementary School, received the inaugural Let's Move! Active Schools Outstanding Physical Activity Leader (PAL) Award. Esko Public Schools is one of 14 participating in the Active Schools Minnesota Pilot Study. Learn more.
Zimmerman schools prove that fundraising can be healthy
As the public re-evaluates how money should be raised for schools that need to fill gaps in funding, Sherburne County can turn to two Zimmerman elementary schools for an idea on how to succeed with suitable fundraisers. Zimmerman and Westwood elementary schools came up with an effective alternative with student walkathons instead of traditional approaches, which sometimes can send the wrong message. Learn more.