Healthy Rice County: Achieving Wellness in the Workplace
“Healthy Rice County: Achieving Wellness in the Workplace” was an initiative led by Rice County Public Health with funding from a Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grant from the Minnesota Department of Health. SHIP addresses the top three causes of preventable illness and death in the United States: tobacco use, physical inactivity and poor nutrition. The work of SHIP occurs in four areas including Schools, Worksites, Health Care Facilities, and Communities.
MSA’s wellness committee joined Healthy Rice County in the spring of 2009. Our goals were to establish or improve foundational elements for wellness, increase physical activity and increase healthy eating. Some accomplishments from our work with this initiative include:
- The committee developed a vision statement for our health and wellness initiatives. Vision statement is: "To have a school community engaged in personal wellness and foster an environment that promotes the health and well being of all students and staff."
- In September 2010, we were awarded a $1500 grant. The grant money went towards establishing an all-access exercise room. There is Bosu balls, weights and exercise balls, videos for individual workouts, and exercise floor coverings. The grant also provide for ‘training a trainer’ for exercise classes.
- The committee was able to allocate a budget for purchasing health and wellness items for our schools and for speakers and seminars for our staff and students.
- We developed a Healthy Catering Guide [PDF][DOC] (below). This shows the healthier options that we have at our schools for meetings, school functions and dorm snacks.
- The committee also developed our ‘brand’ and logo: “Minnesota State