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Feb. 27, 2020

Safe Routes Meet Up 2020


Register today

The third annual Safe Routes to School statewide convening is coming up soon! This year it will be held at the Willmar Conference Center in Willmar on Tuesday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This free training will provide resources and examples in the areas of communication, engineering, equity, enforcement, and many local examples of successful and innovative Safe Routes efforts. The day will be interactive, with plenty of time to make connections with colleagues from across the state.   

Visit the Safe Routes Eventbrite webpage for registration and more information.

Host a Walk! Bike! Fun! training

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Application deadline is March 11

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota welcomes applications from communities interested in hosting a Walk! Bike! Fun! curriculum training, which is funded and supported by Minnesota's Safe Routes to School program.

Sign up to host a training for educators in your community, school district, or region for spring 2020. The selection of two training sites will be focused on areas where there are priority populations and a high need for an equitable training.

Fill out an application on the BikeMN Survey Monkey website and reach out to Michelle Kiefer at 507-430-2280 if you have any questions.

Healthy Food Retail Coffee Call

Join us for the next call!

This bi-monthly event is open to local Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) staff to share information, advice, and best practices about their efforts to increase the availability of healthy food in retail settings. The first call will be on March 19 at 9:30 a.m. MDH and local public health partners will kick-off the conversation with updates on the "Good Food Sold Here" project.

All following calls will be on the third Thursday of every other month at the same time. Information on how to join the call can be found in the Healthy Eating group on Basecamp, or contact Mike Zastoupil at

Physical Activity Learning Session training

Register by March 10

The Minnesota Department of Health will hold a free Physical Activity Learning Session (PALS) Train the Trainer session on Thursday, April 2, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Department of Education's Conference Center in Roseville.

PALS is an out of the box-training package designed for use with early care and education (ECE) providers. The training combines content learning with facility-level self-assessments, policy development opportunities, resources, and materials, all aimed at supporting practice change in ECE programs leading to healthier, more active children.

You are eligible to participate in the PALS train the trainer if you work directly with ECE providers and programs (Head Start, Early Head Start, child care centers, family or group childcare homes, prekindergarten), and you can offer PALS training at least once during the first year following the train the trainer.

Deadline to sign up is March 10. Reserve a spot by emailing Holly Glaubitz at

Local SHIP staff can use SHIP funds for transportation costs to the training.

Equity in Childcare training

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Event set for April 29-30

MDH will host an Equity in Childcare training, conducted by the Nemours Children's Health System and the Institute for Public Health Innovation. The workshop will provide attendees with a straightforward framework for understanding the root causes of health inequities and assist them in identifying effective strategies to promote health equity.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please contact Holly Glaubitz at

Local SHIP staff can use SHIP funds for transportation costs to the training.


Wednesday, April 29 – Thursday, April 30
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ney Park
5212 73rd Street NW
Maple Lake, Minnesota 55358