Dakota County Public Health, with funding from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), aims to prevent chronic disease, support the health and wellness of residents, and reduce health care costs. The Dakota County SHIP project focuses on strategies that aim to make the healthy choice the easy choice for residents of all ages.
Laying a healthy foundation in early childhood
Child care providers and preschool teachers in Dakota County are offering healthy eating through programs like Learning About Nutrition through Activities (LANA), and building physical activity into young children's days through programs such as I am Moving, I am Learning (IMIL) and Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH). Childcare providers are also making strides to support breastfeeding moms and breastfed babies. To learn about training and partnership opportunities for your program contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the latest issue of the Watermelon and Wiggles Newsletter and watch a short video about how we’re working with providers. Then, check out one of our success stories:
Promoting healthy eating and physical activity in school
Smart Choices partners with schools in Dakota County to improve access to healthy food and increase physical activity before, during and after the school day. Salad bars and healthy snacks help kids make better food choices, and active classroom breaks and recess periods not only improve students’ health, but also impact learning. Check out the Smart Choices Toolkit or related success stories:
Creating a culture of health in the workplace
Dakota County partners with HealthSource Solutions to help local worksites determine organizational needs and implement sustainable worksite wellness strategies. Proven strategies increase healthy eating, physical activity, breastfeeding support, and tobacco-free environments and cessation. For additional information about worksite wellness, contact email@example.com.
Working with health care to address falls and dementia
Dakota County SHIP supports trained volunteers who teach “A Matter of Balance,” an evidence-based falls prevention program. Dakota County Public Health is actively exploring additional opportunities to work with health care partners in the areas of falls prevention and dementia. For more information, to host a class at your site, or to get involved as a volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helping create smoke-free multi-unit housing
Dakota County Public Health Department partners with the Association for Nonsmokers – Minnesota (ANSR) to increase the number of smoke-free multi-unit housing options. ANSR's Live Smoke Free program assists residents, property managers and owners to be smoke-free through presentations, resident surveys, sample policies, signage, and enforcement and promotion tools.
For a list of smoke-free housing options in Dakota County, view the Live Smoke Free Directory. For support making your property smoke free, contact email@example.com.
Working to make active living and active transportation accessible
Active Living Dakota County, a group of city and county planners and park and Public Health staff, seeks to make it easier to live an active lifestyle by making biking, walking and transit more accessible in Dakota County. Current projects include a countywide bicycle/pedestrian master plan and several other trail and transit studies and plans under development in cities and throughout the county.
Creating access to healthy food in the community
Public Health works with community partners to make it easier for residents to get fresh fruits and vegetables through food shelves.
Adding health to comprehensive planning
Comprehensive plans can help facilitate policy decisions about the built environment with long-term health impacts. Dakota County Public Health staff helped develop documents to share with city and county planners around the state, to help include health in local comprehensive plans.