Live Well Goodhue County
One in six Americans does not have access to enough food to sustain a healthy life. The USDA reports that more than 17 million children are living in food-insecure households. Inadequate nutrition for families not only affects children’s physical growth, but also their cognitive and behavior development as well and everyone in the home is more susceptible to experiencing irritability, fatigue and difficulty concentrating on tasks. If your family is blessed with the ability to live without the worry of food insecurity, consider helping other through food donation so these families can receive the same blessing.
In 2014, the Red Wing Area Food Shelf served 1,180 households. Of those households, 74% visited just 3 times to secure a week’s worth of groceries for themselves. They served an average of 300 households (1,000) per month. Nearly half of their clients are working individuals and approximately 44% are children under the age of 18.
Summer is a very challenging time for all food shelves. Donations are down, but the need remains the same. On Saturday, May 14th local letter carriers will be collecting non-perishable food donations during their annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive. Donations collected that day will help the Red Wing Area Food Shelf support our neighbors in need by restocking shelves for the summer months when need is increased. Live Well Goodhue County encourages area residents to donate non-perishable items such as whole-grain cereals and pastas, canned fruits and vegetables with less sugar and sodium and items containing low amounts of saturated fat. To view our Donate Nutritious Foods Guide, click here.
The mission of Live Well Goodhue County is to improve the health of our residents by making it easier to walk, bike, eat nutritious foods and avoid the use of and exposure to tobacco products. We accomplish this by partnering with child care providers, schools, businesses, communities and health care providers to implement new strategies that are guaranteed to help everyone live well. For example:
- Safer walking and biking routes in communities can help more children, teens, adults, seniors and families get the physical activity they need to stay healthy.
- More Community/Giving Gardens mean more families have access to fruits and vegetables-the keys to good health.
- Comprehensive worksite wellness programs can: increase productivity and employee engagement, reduce absenteeism, improve employee morale, recruitment and retention, reduce overall health care costs and health claims, improve customer experiences, and improve the overall health of the community.
Striving for Health Equity
Healthy equity exists when everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve the highest level of health. However, in Minnesota health inequities persist and are often linked to social, economic and environmental disadvantages. Disparities can be reduced and health equity achieved by:
- Focusing on communities at greatest risk.
- Building multi-sector partnerships that create opportunities for health equity and healthy communities.
- Increasing access to preventive services in both clinical and community settings.
- Implementing strategies that are culturally and linguistically appropriate as well as literacy and age appropriate.
- Evaluating strategies and interventions to ensure they are effective and progress is achieved.
In 2014, Goodhue County received additional funds from the Minnesota Department of Health, Statewide Health Improvement Program, to implement a new plan. We will be working within these eight strategies:
- Active Living in Communities
- Healthy Foods in Communities
- Active School Days
- Healthy Foods in Schools
- Child Care
- Worksite Wellness
- Health Care Clinical Community Linkages for Prevention and
- Health Care Advancing Reform.
2016 Community Leadership Team Members
Lucy Richardson, Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County
Michelle Leise, Live Healthy Red Wing
Mike Melstad, Red Wing Family YMCA
Laura Prink, United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties
Lori Hanson, Cannon Falls School District
Mike Redmond, Goodhue School District
Pam Horlitz, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing
Dr. Elizabeth Cozine, Mayo Clinic Health System in Zumbrota
Tonya Schmitt, Red Wing Area Seniors, Inc.
Gene Leifeld, Zumbrota resident
If you would like more information about Live Well Goodhue County please contact David Anderson.
The Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) was signed into law in 2008 and was an integral part of Minnesota’s health care reform legislation to improve health and decrease health care costs. The goal of SHIP is to help Minnesotans live longer, better, healthier lives by preventing the chronic disease risk factors of physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use and exposure.