Community-Driven Healthy Living

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Supporting residents to create healthier environments in their communities


Community-Driven Healthy Living supports community members taking on healthy living projects in the places they live, work, learn, and play.  Community-Driven Healthy Living includes funding community projects, connecting people and their ideas to resources, and finding new ways the Health Department can support healthy living.

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Project Description 

2016 Community-Driven Solutions for Health-The Health Department is currently funding two projects selected through a competitive process to create community-driven solutions to healthy living challenges.

Tobacco Project

Residents in North Minneapolis are using Design Thinking to create new solutions to prevent secondhand smoke in the home. Staff from Pillsbury United Communities has conducted empathy interviews with 10 families, and hosted two design thinking sessions with residents to create prototype solutions. Over the next few months, Pillsbury United Communities staff and residents will gather more community input on the prototypes and implement at least one prototype by October 2016. 

Sugary Drink Project

Sugary drinks are major contributors to poor diet and rising obesity rates, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color. To address beverage consumption in these communities, the Minneapolis Health Department launched ReThink Your Drink, Every Sip Counts! to encourage people and places to choose healthier beverages over sugary drinks. The Health Department is partnering with the Cultural Wellness Center to engage youth through the Backyard Initiative. Currently, a youth action team is implementing awareness raising activities in a unique setting – the Midtown Global Market – and helping eight vendors adopt healthy beverage practices to ultimately create healthy beverage environments. Utilizing lessons learned from their work in the Midtown Global Market, youth will explore and pursue strategies to reduce sugary drinks consumption in the Backyard community of Phillips, Ventura Village, Central, Corcoran, and Powderhorn Park. 

Healthy Living Northeast

The Health Department is currently meeting with community groups and leaders from Northeast Minneapolis to identify how healthy living may be better supported in Northeast community.

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Last updated Dec 11, 2018



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