City of Minneapolis Health Department
Healthy Living Initiative
The Minneapolis Healthy Living Initiative works with community partners to create opportunities for everyone to eat healthy, be physically active, and live tobacco free.
Tobacco Free Living
April 21-25, 2014 is Every Kid Healthy Week! Learn how the Health Department supports healthy eating and physical activity for children in schools. Check out what the Health Department is doing in Minneapolis public and charter schools too!
Many Healthy Living strategies combine aspects of healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco prevention. Learn about our healthy living strategies in:
- Childcare sites
- Health care clinics
Why Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Tobacco?
Our children, families, and communities are suffering from the harmful and expensive effects of obesity and tobacco use, especially those in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. We care that everyone has an equal chance to live a healthy and productive life, free from the long-term illnesses caused by poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and harmful tobacco products. We all have a responsibility to work together to reverse these poor health outcomes and build thriving communities.
That’s why the Minneapolis Health Department is engaging schools, neighborhoods, clinics, worksites, institutions, government agencies, and residents to increase access to healthy foods and physical activities, and protect youth from tobacco and secondhand smoke. Our efforts consist of three main components:
• Healthy Eating: Ensuring that people can get affordable healthy foods in corner stores, food shelves, restaurants and other places
• Physical Activity: Enhancing opportunities for people to be active on a daily basis at school, work, and in their neighborhood
• Tobacco Prevention: Reducing use of and exposure to tobacco products and second-hand smoke by connecting people to resources to help them quit smoking, creating smoke-free environments, and eliminating tobacco sales to youth
For more information about the Minneapolis Healthy Living Initiative, please contact:
Manager, Minneapolis Healthy Living
Last updated Apr. 18, 2014