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:


* Walk Friendly Community Assessment & Designation
* Bicycle Friendly Community
   * Being bicycle friendly means that it is easy, safe and fun for everyone to ride a bicycle.
   * Bicycle Friendly Community Resource Guide
   * Bicycle Friendly 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


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


* Smoke-free Multi-unit 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.
Gretchen Mauerman
(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.