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SHIP Active Living Technical Assistance

The Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis and Aitkin-Itasca-Koochiching Community Health Boards in Northeastern Minnesota, collectively known as Healthy Northland, are working on reducing the burden of chronic diseases through policy, systems and environmental changes. With funding from the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (MDH) and a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthy Northland is working in the areas of active living, clinical care, healthy eating and tobacco-free living to address MDH's overall goal of helping Minnesotans live longer, better, healthier lives. In turn, ARDC has been contracted by Healthy Northland to provide technical assistance for the active living strategy. ARDC's goal in pursuing active living work is as follows:

To implement policies and practices that create active communities by increasing opportunities for non-motorized transportation (walking and biking) and access to community recreation facilities.

SHIP Active Living Initiatives
In tackling active living strategies, ARDC works closely with Healthy Northland and local SHIP coordinators and coalitions. The Arrowhead Region's SHIP-affiliated organizations are listed below with the geographic areas where they implement their strategies:

- Aitkin County Health and Human Services (Aitkin County)
- Carlton County Public Health and Human Services (Carlton County)
- Cook County Department of Public Health and Human Services (Cook County)
- Get Fit Itasca (Itasca County)
- Healthy Duluth Area Coalition (City of Duluth)
- Koochiching Public Health (Koochiching County)
- Lake County Health and Human Services (Lake County)
- St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services (St. Louis County)

To learn about the active living work being done by SHIP coordinators in the Arrowhead Region, visit Healthy Northland's page on Active Living and/or watch the video below. To view more videos highlighting Healthy Northland work across the region, click here.

A number of resources are available to help initiate and implement active living strategies in Northland communities. The following list highlights some of these resources:

ARDC Active Living Initiatives
- Comprehensive Planning
- Helmet Hero Bicycle Safety Education
- Planned Improvements
- Safe Routes to School
- Transit Planning

Regional Active Living Facilities
- Arrowhead Region Paved Trails Inventory
- Arrowhead Region Sidewalk Inventory

Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
- MnDOT SRTS Home Page
- SRTS Planning Assistance
- SRTS Implementation
- Minnesota SRTS Resource Center
- Arrowhead Region SRTS Inventory (Coming soon!)

Active Living Organizations
- America Walks
- Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
- Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (bikeMN)
- The League of American Bicyclists
- National Center for Bicycling & Walking - Active Living Resource Center (ALRC)
- National Complete Streets Coalition
- Pedal Minnesota

Active Living Promotional Programs
- 30 Days of Biking
- APHA's 1 Billion Steps Challenge
- Fire Up Your Feet!
- National Bike Challenge
- Pedal MN - #3MileSmile
- Walk to School Day / Bike to School Day

Regularly-Scheduled Calls/Webinars
- The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) Liveable Community Series
- Public Health Law Center's Public Health Policy Change Webinars
- SRTS Monthly Network Calls
- Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) Monthly Webinar

Healthy Food Access Resources
- Food Policy Networks
- Healthy Food Access Portal
- Minnesota Food Charter
- U of M Extension's Healthy Food Access Resources

Other Resources
- AARP's Walking Group Toolkit
- Bicycle Friendly Communities
- Health in Comprehensive Planning Pilot Project
- Minnesota Walks Community Toolkit
- MnDOT's MnMap
- Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook
- Plan4Health's Comprehensive Plans and Health Toolkit
- The Tactical Urbanist's Guide to Materials + Design
- Talking Walking Presentation for Healthy Northland Staff
- Walk! Bike! Fun! Curriculum

Funding Opportunities
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention
- Community Development Block Grant Program
- Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB)
- Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation
- Minnesota DNR Recreation Grants
- Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program
- Parks & Trails Legacy Funds - Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission
- PeopleforBikes Community Grant Program
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- TIGER Discretionary Funds
- Transportation Alternatives Program
- U of M's Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership

For More Information
For more information on the SHIP Active Living TA, please contact:

Russell Habermann
Associate Planner
221 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: 218-529-7552 (direct)
Toll-free: 1-800-232-0707 ext. 552.
Fax: 218-529-7592


Regional Planning Division Programs
NE MN Area Transportation Partnership (ATP)
North Shore Management Board (NSMB)
Northern Aero Alliance
Healthy Northland

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