News release: Commissioner Ehlinger back on the road this summer to pitch public health

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June 2, 2015

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Commissioner Ehlinger back on the road this summer to pitch public health

First Pitch the Commissioner event set for Tuesday, June 9, at Lone Lake Park in Minnetonka

Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger is hitting the road once again this summer to meet up with local officials, community leaders, and members of the public around the state to hear their best public health pitches over a friendly game of horseshoes.

Participants will be able to share their ideas with Commissioner Ehlinger about improving public health in their community and how the state can help them accomplish their goals – all while pitching horseshoes.
A focus of this year’s “Pitch the Commissioner” series will be what the state can do to strengthen communities’ capacity to create their own healthy future.

The first “Pitch the Commissioner” event of 2015 will start at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, at the Lone Lake Park horseshoe pits, at 5624 Shady Oak Road, in Minnetonka. Following the games of horseshoes, Commissioner Ehlinger will give a 10 a.m. presentation at the park’s lakeside picnic shelter on the topic of what Minnesota needs to do to have healthy people and healthy communities.

An avid fan of the traditional American game of horseshoes, Commissioner Ehlinger says the goal of the “Pitch the Commissioner” series is to create a conversation with local officials, community members and state government officials about how to advance public health in their communities.

“Pitching horseshoes is a fun and easy way for people to be physically active and engage in conversation at the same time,” he said. “I want to hear what Minnesotans have to say about what their communities need to be healthy and I want to highlight the role of local public health in boosting health and well-being for all community members.”

This is the fourth year of the Pitch the Commissioner series. Previous summers have featured visits across the state, from Winona to Marshall to Grand Portage. This year, in addition to Minnetonka, Commissioner Ehlinger will visit Washington County, Crookston, and locations in west central and north central Minnesota. All “Pitch the Commissioner” events have a similar format but are tailored to highlight the area’s public health initiatives. Events are planned and carried out in partnership with local public health officials.


Media inquiries:

Michael Schommer
MDH Communications