April Carver County SHIP Newsletter

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Carver County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)

In this issue...

  • County Health Rankings
  • Bike to School Day
  • 2017 PoP Club Results
  • The More You Know
  • Action Items
  • Events

Carver is the Healthiest Minnesota County, Again 

Carver County ranks first in the state in health outcomes and health factors according to the 2018 County Health Rankings (Rankings) report. This is the sixth consecutive year Carver County has ranked first in health outcomes among all Minnesota counties.

An easy-to-use snapshot that compares counties within states, the Rankings show that where you live influences how well and how long you live. The local-level data make it clear that good health is influenced by many factors beyond medical care, including housing, community safety, jobs, air and water quality, teen births and more.  

The report was released March 14, 2018 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Click here to read the complete news release, or visit www.countyhealthrankings.org to review the detailed 2018 County Health Rankings report.

Bike to School Day - May 9, 2018

Biking to school is a great way for youth to be physically active and on Wednesday, May 9, thousands of students across the United States will strap on a helmet, raise their kickstand, and join the fun of Bike to School Day!

For those schools which are already operating Safe Routes to School programs, this is a wonderful opportunity to infuse some Spring energy into your program.  For those who may be new to Safe Routes, this is a great way to dip your tire in the water and consider the possibilities for making safe biking and walking to school a routine activity for your students.

For those looking for ways to learn more, the Minnesota Bike & Walk Conference is April 29 - May 1, 2018 in Rochester, MN. If you would like to attend but require financial assistance, please contact Pat Stieg at Carver County Public Health (952-361-1306 or pstieg@co.carver.mn.us) by April 16. For more information about the conference, visit http://bikewalkmn2018.com.

For information, ideas, and resources for conducting a Bike to School Day event in May, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org  For more information on Safe Routes to School visit www.saferoutespartnership.org

2017 PoP Club Results

The Power of Produce (PoP) Club is a Farmers Market incentive program for children ages four to 12 throughout the state of Minnesota, including Carver County. Each week, children receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables and food plants. The goals of the program are to:

1.    Improve the eating behavior of children.

2.    Increase family attendance at farmers markets. 

3.    Increase customer base and revenue for local growers.

4.    Build healthy, prospering communities.

Click this link to view results from the first year.

The More You Know:

New Survey Shows Minnesota Youth Tobacco Use Rising


Data from the 2017 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey shows that youth tobacco use increased for the first time in 17 years. Although cigarette use decreased, youth e-cigarette use increased by 50% since 2014. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can harm brain development as teens grow. Learn more at www.health.mn.gov/tobacco.

Action Items

Newsletter Survey

Carver County SHIP is looking for your feedback on this newsletter. We want to hear from you on how we can make this newsletter even better. Please complete our 10 question survey here. The survey closes on April 16, 2018.

Tobacco Retailer Store Audits

Carver County SHIP is looking for individuals, particularly youth, to be part of a Tobacco Retailer Store Audit Project. The project consists of completing an assessment of tobacco products, (e.g. cigarettes, cigarillos, e-cigs, chew, etc.) and related marketing materials at tobacco retailers throughout the county. Volunteers would be asked to complete at least three retailer assessments. This is a great activity for youth as assessments will start in June. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Jeremy Vann at jvann@co.carver.mn.us or 952-361-1328.


National Public Health Week: April 2 - 8, 2018

Learn more at http://www.nphw.org/.

National Park Rx Day: April 29, 2018

Park Rx (Park Prescription) is a growing movement in healthcare which instructs patients to spend more time in parks and nature. If you are a SHIP partner working in healthcare or parks and would like to learn more visit www.parkrx.org.

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month: May 2018

Learn more at https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/index.html.

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