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Step Up with Minnesotans on National Walking Day!

Today is National Walking Day! Grab your friends, family or coworkers and get active on this beautiful spring day!  Check out the article below posted by the Public News Source.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Across Minnesota today, children and adults will be taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle. This is National Walking Day from the American Heart Association.

State Rep. Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester, said it's also the kickoff of Minnesota's 30 Days of Biking Challenge, encouraging people to be active every day in April and make it a habit going forward.

"We know that we have a childhood obesity and adult obesity issue in this country," he said. "We're trying to bring awareness to the need for good health, and one way to get that is through safe walking and also biking."
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Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition's First Lobby Day a Success!

The first ever Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day was held on March 25th, and it was a huge success! Many people described this event as "the best lobby day ever!" Thank you to all the volunteers, staff and attendees who made this event happen! There were well over 200 attendees who received excellent training throughout the morning program then met with 148 state legislators (!) in the afternoon to advocate for:

1) A transportation funding bill that includes resources to improve pedestrian and bicycle options
2) A bill to strengthen physical education standards in MN schools
3) Continued base funding for SHIP

During the morning training Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Health Commissioner Ehlinger spoke about the future of transportation policy for public health. Sen. Dibble and Rep. Dettmer spoke about safe routes and quality physical education!

Attendees also dropped packets off at the offices of all 201 legislators that included petition cards in support of the Active Transportation and Physical Education.

A huge representation from the Duluth community showed their support as well! This included 30 students from Duluth East & Denfeld along with chaperones, Duluth school board member, UMD students representing Colleges against Cancer, RFL volunteers, SLB & ASC-CAN!

Their TV sponsor, KBJR, came to the state building and met with the delegation and did a great interview which aired that night. Watch Here 

Check out a few photos from the day below!

Professional photos: By Rebecca Studios
Photos: Lobby Day Attendees










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Urging Minnesotans to Rethink Their Drink

Check out this article from the Public News Service on sugar sweetened beverages!

ST. PAUL, Minn. - March is National Nutrition Month, and those across the state wanting to make some positive changes are being told to "Rethink Your Drink."

Donna McDuffie, nutrition coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health, says far too many children and adults are getting an unhealthy excess of calories through sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas, iced teas, coffees, and energy and sports drinks.

"Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugar in the American diet and that contributes to things like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease," says McDuffie. - Continue reading here


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New School P.E. Benchmarks Considered for MN

The Public News Service posted an aritcle this morning on developing grade-specific benchmarks for P.E. classes in Minnesota, check it out below!

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Getting regular exercise is one of the easiest ways to combat childhood obesity, and a bill awaiting a hearing at the state Capitol aims to make sure Minnesota school children are being active.

State Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake, said the legislation calls for the updating of statewide standards for physical education for the first time in more than a decade, along with the development of grade-specific benchmarks.

"This will add three new questions to an existing report that school districts are required to submit asking for their information on the quality of and quantity of physical education classes that kids receive in their schools," Dettmer said. - Continue Reading Here

Photo: Jim Larrison/Flickr

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Last Chance! Register for the MHK Lobby Day on March 25th!

The Minnesotan's for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby day is two weeks away on Wednesday, March 25th at the Minnesota History Center! This event's focus is to advocate for policy that will help combat childhood obesity like fighting for quality physical education in schools, funding for the Statewide Help Improvident Program (SHIP) and funding for bike and pedestrian infrastructure.  Register now to join advocates from Minnesota for this all day event to learn about the issues and meet with your lawmakers to ask them for their support. Breakfast and lunch is included. No cost to attend but advanced registration is required.

Don't miss out on this great event and register here now or call Jess at (952) 278-7928.

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Advocates Pledged to Rethink Their Drink!

Last Friday was AHA's Worksite Wellness Symposium: Establishing a Culture of Health in the Workplace. The event took place at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN. The advocacy department had a table in the expo area, displaying just how much sugar is in everyday beverages. At the table, we also asked people to pledge to Rethink Your Drink, and move toward healthier beverage choice by drinking more water and fewer sugar-loaded beverages for the next 30 days!




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Go Red event at Mall of America

This past Saturday, AHA held a Go Red Health Fair at the Mall of America. You’re the Cure advocates were there collecting petition cards in support of active transportation policy – funding walk and bike paths as part of the larger transportation investment in the state of Minnesota.

We were also asking kids to tell us, by drawing a picture what they do to stay active every day. The event produced great results and we collected more than 100 petition cards in support of the policy.

We want to thank our awesome volunteers, Norm, AmandaJean, Elaine, Erik, Rachel, Clara, Elliot, Amy, Angela and her daughter for coming out and supporting the cause, we could not have done this without you all!

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Litchfield Community Weighs In on Transportation Funding

This week the editorial board of the Litchfield Independent Review  overwhelmingly endorsed Move MN's balanced and holistic legislative proposal.
The op-ed agrees that Minnesota needs a 10-year commitment to fix our bridges, improve state highways and local roads, expand access to transit and create safer routes to school and work.
Join the American Heart Association in fighting for dedicated bike and pedestrian infrastructure funding as part of this package. Register for the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day here. Check out the editorial below!

Minnesota’s transportation system is ailing, and the 2015 Legislature has the opportunity to find a cure.

The question is, will the Republican-controlled House and Senate choose a treatment that for some might involve the taking of a bitter pill? Or will they take the path of least resistance and prescribe a placebo that promises only short-term health?

A combination of a budget surplus spend-down and a tax increase makes the most sense, but the initial refusal by Republican leadership to consider increased fees or taxes is disappointing. And — so no one gets the idea that we’re simply bashing one party — we think Gov. Mark Dayton must at least attempt a more conciliatory and cooperative tone in the search for a compromise solution to our state’s sorely lacking transportation system. Continue reading here (photo - Litchfield Independent Review)



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