BE WELL: Communities

BE WELL works to make healthy living easier for everyone right where they live.

Our goals include:
  • increasing opportunities for everyone to be active through walking and bicycling,
  • increasing access to healthy food, and
  • decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke through smoke-free housing and grounds initiatives.
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BE WELL partners in our communities to accomplish this in the following ways:

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* Walk Friendly Community Assessment/Designation
* Bike Friendly Community Assessment/Designation
* Safe Routes to School
* Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plans
* Land Use Plans/Zoning
* Complete Streets
* Improvements to Streets/Trails
* Way-finding for People who Walk or Bicycle

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* Farmers' Markets
* Community-Based Agriculture (community gardens & CSA's)
* Emergency Food Systems
* Food Retail (such as in corner stores)
* Menu Labeling in Restaurants, Cafeterias, and Vending
* Local or Regional Food Policy Councils

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* Smoke-free Multiunit Housing
* Smoking Disclosure Ordinances
* Smoke-free Rental Housing Ordinances
* Licensing Requirements
* Smoke-free Insurance Incentives
* Improving the Tobacco Retail Environment to Reduce the Community's Exposure to Tobacco Products and Marketing

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For more information


To learn more about what BE WELL is doing in Blue Earth County, including how to partner with us in making our communities healthier places to live, feel free to contact us.
Kristen Friedrichs, MA
(507) 304-4411

Gretchen Bohl
(507) 304-4450
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To learn more about what SHIP is doing in the rest of Minnesota, visit the Minnesota Department of Health SHIP webpage.