By Jane Knutson, Mower County Public Health Planner/Educator Lead
The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) of Mower County works to create good health throughout Mower County by increasing opportunities for healthy eating, active living and tobacco-free living. SHIP provides tools necessary to assist the local community in identifying where health inequities are taking place and then helps to address them.
A 2017 report released by Wisconsin HOPE Lab found that approximately two-thirds of U.S. college students within the last year struggled with food insecurity.
This means they’ve had to eat less than they should to stay healthy or they’ve skipped meals due to lack of sufficient funds. Austin’s Riverland Community College took steps to reduce this stress so students could focus on learning, not wonder where they would get their next meal.
Community Well-Being is the sense of engagement you have with the area in which you live. Mower County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) is working to improve the health of our community in a variety of ways, including the following:
Austin Community Education is proud to offer the third annual More Than Pink program this summer. More Than Pink is a program to inspire third through sixth grade girls to stay true to themselves and live free from societal stereotypes.
The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) of Mower County is thankful and happy to introduce Chris Weis as the new Community Health Specialist and SHIP Coordinator for Mower County. Her role will be to continue to partner with organizations to increase access to healthy foods, promote active living and reduce tobacco exposure.
Thanks to SHIP of Mower County, we are observing:
All children should have a chance to grow up healthy! Most young children in Minnesota spend at least part of their day in care outside of their homes. Food and activity choices are often limited to those provided by the adults in their life. Child care settings provide an ideal environment where providers can aid in the development of healthy eating habits and promote positive active play and behaviors.
When you think of Grand Meadow Schools, you may first think of the unique dome shaped buildings out on the prairie. Or you may recall that the school finished a massive building expansion project in December of 2016 which included a new gym, track and classrooms. Staff at Grand Meadow School have been hard at work to make sure they are known for much more than just that. Grand Meadow is a growing, thriving community and they have set out to ensure that their population’s health is thriving, as well.
As many of us know, innovation is not always easy to achieve. We get stuck in the same old rut of our day in day out routine. Appointments, errands, school obligations, and the demands of keeping up around the house can be exhausting. With the warmer weather just around the corner, I challenge you all to think about being just a little innovative in the form of your health.
Did you know that May is National Bike Month? National Bike to Work Week is May 15-19, and National Bike to Work Day is May 19.
Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) of Mower County is delighted to once again partner with Mower Refreshed to bring you County Connections.
The goal of SHIP is to help Minnesotans live healthier lives by preventing risk factors that lead to chronic disease. Program funding is through the Minnesota Department of Health and works to prevent chronic disease by using strategies that have demonstrated effectiveness based on research and proven best practices. As the new Community Health Specialist and SHIP Coordinator for Mower County, my role is to partner with organizations to increase access to healthy foods, promote active living and reduce tobacco exposure.
ENGAGING in efforts making healthy choices easier in Mower County EQUIPPING communities to grow sustainable wellness solutions EMPOWERING people to create a culture of wellness where they live, work, play and learn