February Carver County SHIP Newsletter

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Carver County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)

In this issue...

  • Work Better - Promote a Culture of Health
  • SHIP Dementia
  • Candlelit Ski and Dog Sled
  • The More You Know
  • Action Item
  • Upcoming Events

Work Better - Promote a Culture of Health


Changing behavior is hard, so it might not be a surprise to learn that only eight percent of New Year’s resolutions are successful. A workplace can help improve that statistic. Studies show that employers who go beyond programming and focus on altering the work environment are more helpful to employees who want to make healthy changes.

Carver County Public Health is looking for local businesses interested in creating healthier work environments. Employees are an organization’s most valuable asset. Creating healthy work environments and encouraging healthy behaviors can have a positive impact on employee health, productivity and job satisfaction. 

Whether you want to better support your companies' new moms as they return to work, encourage better snacking habits in the breakroom, or encourage your employees to sit less and stand more, Public Health can help. For example, Eastern Carver County Schools used SHIP grant support to create a private lactation space in every school building. Please visit www.co.carver.mn.us/worksites to learn more or complete the funding application. Applications are due by March 30, 2018. Please contact Jean Pierson at jpierson@co.carver.mn.us or (952) 361-1345 with any questions.  

SHIP Dementia

Exciting things are happening to address healthy aging in Carver County. With a focus on supporting those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) and their caregivers as well as dementia prevention, Carver County SHIP, through the Office of Aging, is working on reducing known risk factors with increased correlation to ADRD. For example, we are currently working with long term care centers and community partners to increase physical activity and healthy eating. We are in the early stages of planning and developing resources as well as working to increase access to falls prevention and physical fitness classes!

If you or anyone you know is interested in being a Matter of Balance or Tai Ji Quan coach please reach out to Lindsay Juricek ljuricek@co.carver.mn.us to learn more.

Candlelit Ski and Dog Sled

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The More You Know:

Learn More About SHIP

Are you or someone you know interested in learning more about the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)? MN.Train, a national learning network that provides training opportunities, has a training entitled, "What is SHIP?". The training is designed to increase knowledge of the purpose and structure of SHIP and provide the ability to identify SHIP roles and give an understanding of the important points-of-contact to accomplish the goals of SHIP; to improve health by reducing risk factors that contribute to chronic disease. To register for the online self-study, login or create an account at MN.Train.

Looking for Healthy Snacks for Your Home, School, or Workplace?

Do you want to serve healthy snacks but don't know where to start? The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has partnered with Amazon to create a one-stop shop for all your healthy snack needs. The Alliance and Amazon Business partnered in 2016 to address the barriers schools and out-of-school time sites face when purchasing healthier foods and beverages. The Healthier Generation store will help schools, out-of-school time programs, and vendors not only identify healthier, compliant items, but also purchase them. Visit the Healthier Generation Amazon Shop or by clicking here.

Action Item

Add to your email signature something about SHIP or forward this newsletter to three people that either live, learn, shop, work or play in Carver County and encourage at least one to sign up for the distribution list.

Upcoming Events

2018 Bike + Walk Minnesota Conference: April 29 - May 1 in Rochester 

This conference is geared toward anyone interested in supporting and promoting biking and walking in their community.  Issues to be discussed include active transportation, recreation, community development, addressing inequities, and how communities are creating better public spaces.  For more information:  http://bikewalkmn2018.com

Carver County Public Health is working to make safe and enjoyable opportunities available for people of all ages and abilities to walk and bike in our communities.  If you would like to participate in this conference to learn more about how you can make this happen in your city, but available funds to cover your expenses to attend this event are limited, please contact Pat Stieg (pstieg@co.carver.mn.us or 952-361-1306) to discuss how Public Health can support you.

Garden Fever - March 3

Interested in learning more about edible yards, growing and using herbs, or how to make your landscape eco-friendly? The University of Minnesota Extension is hosting Garden Fever 2018. To learn more about the event, as well as to learn more about the 2018 Class Series, click here. 

Change to Chill Promotional Training - March 9

Change to Chill is a free, online resource from Allina Health which provides tools to school staff and youth to reduce stress and improve mental well-being. At the training, you will learn how Allina Health's Change to Chill program helps teens identify what stress is and how to manage it. To register, click here, or visit the Change to Chill website to learn more.

ACES: Brain Development, the Biology of Stress, & the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study - March 9

The HERO Coalition with support from the Waconia School District is hosting an ACES Event on March 9. This course was designed and developed for professional caregivers, healthcare workers, teachers, coaches, social workers and parents to become more competent, informed, caring adults. You will walk away with a short list of building resilience factors for children and youth. To register, click here, or for more information visit the HERO Coalition website.


American Heart Month (www.americanheart.org)

National Cancer Prevention Month (www.cancer.org)


National Nutrition Month (www.eatright.org)

National School Breakfast Week (www.schoolnutrition.org)

Kick Butts Day - March 14 (www.kickbuttsday.org)

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