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Sept. 12, 2019

Severe lung injuries associated with vaping

Resources are available

Number of confirmed or probable cases: 22

Number of people under review: 13

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is working with local public health and health care providers to investigate reports of severe lung injury potentially related to vaping and e-cigarette use among teens and adults.

With similar reports coming from other states in recent weeks, MDH is partnering with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine a cause and what steps may be taken to prevent additional illness. To date, more than 450 cases have been reported from multiple states. Many of the patients report having vaped illicit THC (a component of cannabis).

For more information:

2019 fall regional meetings update

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Duluth site added

This fall’s regional meeting series will focus on healthcare and healthy eating partnerships. Local SHIP staff have been instrumental in securing sites, planning the agenda and recommending presenters. A site was added in Duluth (see below).

Goals for the session are:

  • Listen to community partners who will provide examples of changing policy, systems or environment through healthcare and healthy eating partnerships
  • Identify opportunities for building or enhancing community partnerships during a site visit
  • Discover and discuss tools, resources and ideas during networking time with peers

Up to an hour will be set aside to hear updates on and discuss planning for the next SHIP.

Watch for more information and registration details in Making It Better or Basecamp. Questions? Please send an e-mail to Alex Dahlquist ( and Shirley Scheuler (


Thursday, Oct. 10
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (tentative)
Bunker Hills Activity Center
Oak Room
550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304


Tuesday, Oct. 15
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (tentative)
Lakewood Health System Lower Level, Classrooms A&B
49725 County 83, Staples, MN 56479


Thursday, Oct. 24
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (tentative)
Blue Earth County Historic Courthouse
3rd Floor Conference Room
204 S 5th St, Mankato, MN 56001


Tuesday, Oct. 29
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (tentative)
Crookston Library
110 N Ash St, Crookston, MN 56716


Monday, Nov. 4
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (tentative)
Location to be determined

Rising adult obesity rate puts more Minnesotans at risk for serious health conditions

State’s adult obesity rate now tops 30%

Minnesota’s adult obesity rate rose from 28.4% in 2017 to 30.1% in 2018, putting more Minnesotans at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancer and other serious health conditions.

The national adult obesity rate rose from 30.1% in 2017 to 30.9% in 2018, according to data released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to being a significant health concern, obesity is also a significant driver of health care costs. In Minnesota, 2017 health care costs due to obesity were estimated to be $3.2 billion.

Read the full news release.

Walk to School Day is Oct. 2

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Get your school registered!

Minnesota’s annual Walk to School Day is just a few weeks away! Make sure you register by Sept. 25 and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will send marketing posters, educational bookmarks and stickers to hand out the day of the big event.

There’s still time to start planning event details at your school! The National Center for Safe Routes to School developed this helpful Getting Started Guide to get you started with planning a Walk to School Day event, including steps for planning, event ideas, safety tips and more. Use these free MnSRTS tools to help promote your Walk to School Day event.

Walk to School Day photo contest

Let everyone see what Walk to School Day looks like at your school! MnDOT will hold its fourth annual Walk to School Day photo contest. Submit your photos on Walk to School Day on the Minnesota Safe Routes to School Facebook page with the hashtag #mnwalks and you will be entered to win prizes for your school and bragging rights!

Helpful tips for completing forms

FAQ for local SHIP staff

Q. On which form do I report my required annual 10% grant award match?

A. Match must be reported on invoices in the in-kind match column. Please contact your CS if you have questions.


Webinar: Leadership Support for Workplace Wellness

Date: Sept. 23
Time: 9 a.m.

Leadership support is key to building a strong foundation for a workplace culture of health.

What does leadership support mean, and what does it look like? How can workplace partners work to gain leadership support for their workplace wellness efforts?

This webinar will explore answers to these important questions.

Join the webinar at the MDH WebEx page.