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Aug. 22, 2019

Join us to plan SHIP 2020!

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Meetings will begin in September

As part of the planning process for the next five-year Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) contract, OSHII is seeking volunteers to join work groups.

Read the invitation letter (PDF).

The first three work groups will focus on healthy eating, active living and commercial tobacco-free living. Each of the work groups will meet four times. To ensure group cohesion, all work group participants will be asked to attend each meeting in its entirety. The first work group meetings will take place the last week of September and meet monthly through December. Meeting dates can be found in the invitation letter.

Work groups will be chosen from volunteer applicants and include OSHII staff, local SHIP staff, local public health leaders and SHIP partners. Work for the first three groups will be completed by Dec. 31.

Apply to join a work group.

Additional work groups will address evaluation, technical assistance and technical requirements. Invitations to join those work groups will be sent in early fall.

New study finds Minnesota youth with asthma are more likely to vape

E-cigarettes and vapes are the most commonly
used tobacco products among youth

A new analysis by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) finds that Minnesota high school and middle school students who have asthma are more likely than their peers without asthma to vape, smoke and be exposed to secondhand smoke.

Analyzing data from the 2017 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey, MDH researchers found nearly 30% of youth who have asthma are using a tobacco product compared to 24% of youth without asthma. E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco products among youth with or without asthma.

About one in five students in grades 6-12 reported they have asthma, according to the survey. Of those students, Minnesota youth who vaped or smoked were more likely to have frequent asthma symptoms in the past 30 days.

Read the full news release.

Food Justice Summit set for Nov. 4-6

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Registration is now open!

The annual Food Justice Summit will take place Nov. 4-6 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth. Registration is now open.

The 2019 Summit will build upon food access work in Minnesota by bringing champions of food justice together while also reaching into new sectors to broaden the scope and impact of food systems work.

Early registration (by Sept. 15) is $185. Registration after that is $210. Scholarships are available.

To learn more or to register, visit the Food Justice Summit page.

This week’s Gem

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Putting Winona YMCA on the map for bicyclists

The Winona Family YMCA put itself on the map for people who bicycle, thanks to the addition of a bike fix-it station positioned right in front of the facility.

The station’s location makes it easy for bicyclists who ride to the YMCA or nearby to make emergency fixes or general repairs. The station includes an air pump and a variety of tools. The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) helped fund the station.

The YMCA celebrated the new station on July 15 with a free youth bike rodeo and introduction to the station; a community member was onsite to explain what the tools are used for and how to properly repair or maintain a bike. The bike rodeo taught kids hand signals and safety checks; it also included a small obstacle course.

“We are thankful for funding from SHIP, which allows us to support bicyclists in the Winona community,” said Janneke Sobeck, Winona Family YMCA CEO. “The bike fix station is a great way for the YMCA to show its support for active lifestyles and healthy living.”