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Dec. 5, 2019

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SHIP Statewide meeting

Please hold July 20-23, 2020, on your calendar for the Statewide SHIP meeting.

This will be a three-day meeting. Please work with your community specialist to adjust your budget as needed to accommodate any travel expenses.

The details with location, final dates and times will be announced later.

State sues JUUL for deceptive marketing targeting youth

Lawsuit alleges that JUUL has created a public nuisance

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, along with Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, announced on Dec. 4 that the State of Minnesota is suing e-cigarette manufacturer JUUL Labs, Inc. The lawsuit, filed in Hennepin County District Court, alleges among other counts that JUUL has violated multiple state consumer-protection laws, breached its duty of reasonable care and created a public nuisance.

“My job is to protect Minnesotans from deceptive, fraudulent, and unlawful practices, and to protect their health and safety. It’s especially important for me to protect our young folks from deception and harm. I’m bringing a lawsuit against JUUL today because it has created a public nuisance that is centered around deceiving, addicting, and harming our young people,” said Attorney General Ellison.

Read the full news release on the Office of Minnesota Attorney General’s website.

Read the text of the lawsuit (PDF) filed in Hennepin County District Court.

Walk/Bike/Places call for proposals

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Proposals due Jan. 3

Walk/Bike/Places is North America's largest active transportation and place making conference. Held every two years, Walk/Bike/Places is a unique conference experience that combines experiential learning from walking and biking the streets of the host city.

Conference organizers are seeking proposals for breakout and poster presenters, and peer coaches. Proposals are due by Jan. 3, 2020.

The conference is scheduled for Aug. 4-7, 2020, in Indianapolis.

Visit the Walk/Bike/Places website to learn about the conference tracks.

Minnesota Rural Health Conference

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Nominate a rural health hero for an award!

In honor of National Rural Health Day, the Minnesota Rural Health Conference wants you to nominate an individual who has made a significant contribution to improving rural health in our state!

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Rural Health Conference Rural Health Hero Awards Ceremony on June 16, 2020, in Duluth. The winners will receive free registration to the two-day conference plus a one-night stay at a conference hotel.

Visit the Minnesota Rural Health Conference website to learn more and for a nomination form.

This week’s Gem


Starting healthy habits early in MACCRAY School District

The MACCRAY School District in southwestern Minnesota is instilling a lifetime of healthy habits by giving students more exposure to fruits and vegetables in school.

The district also created a welcoming atmosphere at East and West Elementary school lunchrooms by adding murals with fun graphics.

The district crosses county lines, making it a great opportunity for Countryside SHIP and Kandiyohi-Renville SHIP to work together to support MACCRAY Food Service.

Among the changes at the elementary schools included the introduction of a vegetable bar, which features fresh produce already sliced and attractively arranged. Research shows that when kids can choose their fruits and vegetables, they are more likely to eat them and like them.

It was a big hit, according to Julie Wohlman, food service director.

“The salad bars in our elementary school were our first endeavor with SHIP,” she said. “’So many choices!’ – is my favorite comment from kids.”

The support from SHIP continued in 2018, when a Smarter Lunchroom assessment was completed at the elementary schools and high school. That gave the school ideas on simple, no-cost or low-cost strategies to increase participation, improve consumption of healthy food and reduce waste.

All elementary school students provided inspiration for murals, which focused on what Farm to School meant to them. Giving the students a chance to participate helped give them more ownership of the space.

“The murals definitely make the space more appealing,” Wohlman said.