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April 25, 2019

Registration for Spring Regional Meetings

Provide input on the next iteration of SHIP

Spring Regional Meetings are here! Make plans now – join OSHII and other fellow regional SHIP staff in a discussion about our collective vision for the next round of SHIP. This will be an important starting point to our SHIP planning process. Please encourage your public health leadership to attend as well.

Southeast, Owatonna Public Utilities, 208 S. Walnut Ave., Owatonna - April 30

Metro, Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka - May 15

Southwest, The Plaid Moose, 2630 Broadway Ave., Slayton - May 21

Registration is now available.

Bike to School Day is May 8

Bike to school day flyer

Register your event today!

On May 8, thousands of students, families, community partners and elected officials will celebrate Bike to School Day, a national event that encourages bicycling to school. Students reap the health, community and academic benefits of getting active before school, while having fun riding bicycles with their peers. This is a great time to talk about safety with children when they are walking or bicycling and remind parents to drive carefully with more kids on the move.

MnDOT is supporting Bike to School Day efforts by providing event toolkits to those that register their event early.

  • Who’s participating? To find out if a school near you has registered to participate view the list and reach out to see if you can assist.
  • Marketing materials - View the Minnesota Bike to School Day toolkit with fun marketing materials including posters, intercom announcements, press releases and more.
  • Poster Contest - Participants can design a poster that shows how they feel when they ride a bicycle. Age categories include grades K– 3 and 4 - 8. Poster contest winners will receive an awesome bike themed prize pack, a backpack full of Quality Bicycle Product items. View the poster contest guidelines.
  • Share Facebook posts on Walk and Bike to School Day.

Safe Routes to School CHOICES data brief


Minnesota data on CHOICES website

The Minnesota Safe Routes to School (SRTS) data from the Harvard-funded CHOICES project is now available.

View the data brief and learn more. The information can also be found on the CHOICES Map.

CHOICES (the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectives Study) is a learning collaborative partnership with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that projects the population reach and impact of childhood obesity prevention strategies across the country. The project is focused on finding the most cost effective interventions to reduce childhood obesity in America. 

The CHOICES work at MDH included evaluation of Minnesota's SRTS program and analysis of what the impact of additional investment in this program would be on the health of children in Minnesota.

Walkable Community Workshops

Dragon shoes

Applications now available

Applications are now being accepted from communities interested in hosting a Walkable Community Workshop in fall 2019.

Help spread the word about this great opportunity to create healthy, vital communities.

Walkable communities make it easier for people to be physically active, foster social connections and improve access to everyday destinations.

These half-day workshops, facilitated by MDH, will bring together community members and those who influence community walking conditions. Workshop participants will strategize ways to improve walkability within their unique local context.

Eligible applicants include local walking advocates, public health staff, tribal nations, city and county government staff, transportation planners and anyone interested in opening or continuing a conversation about walking.

There will be a webinar on Thursday, May 2, at 10 a.m. to walk through the application process. This webinar will be recorded. See below for webinar details.

Apply and learn more.

SHIP Financial Guide FAQ

SHIP Financial Guide questions answered

Q. Are repair, maintenance and installation/labor costs allowable expenses?

A. No.

  • Equipment installation is not an allowable expenditure.
  • Repair or maintenance costs are not allowable. This includes the following items purchased with SHIP funds:
    • Bicycles
    • Hydration stations
    • Sit/stand work stations
    • Heart rate monitors
  • Similarly, labor costs to install greenhouses, sheds and fences are not allowable.

See page 14 of the Financial Guide (PDF) for additional information.


Webinar: Creating age-friendly streets - Part 2

Date: April 29
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

The second part of the series will offer strategies for improving transportation networks to prioritize the safety and mobility of older adults. Panelists from AARP will share recommendations for planning and developing transit networks and prioritizing transit-oriented development. Representatives from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will share examples of design and engineering strategies for improving safety and comfort for older pedestrians.

 Learn more and register.

Webinar: Walkable Community Workshop Application

Date: May 2
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Join MDH for a webinar to learn more about the Walkable Community Workshop application. During this webinar, active living staff will explain the goals and objectives of the workshops, discuss how communities can apply to host a workshop and answer any questions from attendees. This webinar will be recorded and shared.

Join the webinar.