Active Living in Communities Strategy




Our goal is...

To increase physical activity - primarily walking and bicycling - in community and school settings and to integrate physical activity into daily routines such as walking or bicycling for recreational, occupational or purposeful (transportation) reasons.  

A comprehensive approach through policy, systems and environmental changes is known to increase access to physical activity opportunities and support behavior changes. Our Active Living strategy provides safe, desirable and convenient opportunities for physical activity. Utilizing the "6E Approach" (Equity, Evaluation, Engineering, Education, Encouragement, and Enforcement) is required of our work.    


1. Master or comprehensive plans
2. Land use zoning and regulations
3. Increased access to facilities and opportunities


PAST PARTNERS & PROJECTS: Active Living in Communities


  • Partnered with the City of Red Wing to adopt a Complete Streets Policy.

  • Partnered with Cities of Cannon Falls, Kenyon, and Pine Island to install wayfinding signage and develop comprehensive trail plans.


  • Partnered with Cities of Red Wing, Lake City and Zumbrota to improve safety for bicyclists.

  • Funded Bike Fix-It stations in Red Wing at Levee Park, in Lake City at Hok Si La Park, and in Zumbrota at the trailhead.


  • Partnered with Goodhue, Red Wing and Zumbrota to make it safer and more appealing for residents to walk and bike.


  • Partnered with Cities of Goodhue, Pine Island, Red Wing and Zumbrota to educate and encourage residents to walk and bicycle.

  • Partnered with Pine Island’s Lions Club to install a Bike Fit-It station at Trailhead Park.


Healthy Eating In Communities Strategy



Our goal is...

To create a healthier food environment by increasing access to affordable, appealing, healthy food and beverage options including consumption of fruits and vegetables. We encourage diets that are lower in sodium, saturated fats and added sugars. 

Diet has a major role to play in preventing chronic disease, and the overall food environment is a critical factor in promoting dietary behavior changes.


1. Developing local or regional food networks
2. Working with farmers markets
3. Implementing a community-based agriculture initiative
4. Working with emergency food system/programs
5. Working in the food retail system (convenience stores, vending, menus in non-chain restaurants, cafeterias and catering)
6. Improving comprehensive plans


PAST PARTNERS & PROJECTS: Healthy Eating in Communities


  • Partnered with Kenyon, Pine Island and Red Wing to implement community-based agriculture programs.

  • Partnered with Red Wing Food Shelf to update policies and food donation guidelines, improve their resource display area with colorful produce imagery, improve how they display produce, and create a more welcoming environment overall.
  • Partnered with All Seasons Community Services in Kenyon.
  • Partnered with Zumbrota Area Food Shelf to provide colorful produce imagery for their walls and equipment for keeping frozen food. 


  • Partnered with Cities of Kenyon, Pine Island and Wanamingo to implement community-based agriculture programs.
  • Partnered with Cannon Falls to increase attendance at their Farmers Market.
  • Hosted the first ever Goodhue County Food Summit.


  • Developed a Countywide Food Network to increase access to and selection of nutritious foods.
  • Implemented a Rethink your Drink, Every Sips Counts Campaign with partners serving children and families.
  • Created the 100-Mile Ride To Re-Stock Goodhue County Food Shelves in the summer of 2017 to raise awareness of the greater need for nutritious food during the summer months when children are not in school. The Ride took Live Well Goodhue County Coordinator, David Anderson, into 7 communities throughout the county working in partnership with Red Wing Area Food Shelf, Cannon Falls Food Shelf, Kenyon All Seasons Food Shelf, Pine Island Sharing Shelves, and the Zumbrota Area Food Shelf.



Child Care in Communities Strategy


Our goal is...

To promote and support the development of healthy eating and physical activity habits in children.

Healthy eating and physical activity habits developed at a young age tend to carry over into adulthood. Through training, coaching and modeling their own healthy habits, child care providers can learn and model best practices to improve the eating and activity environments for the children in their care. Families learn to continue these practices at home. 


1. Partnering with licensed or license-exempt group settings that serve children six-weeks old through preschool age
2. Supporting and encouraging mothers to continue breastfeeding
3. Increasing intake of fruits and vegetables while lowering intake of foods high in sodium, added sugar and saturated fats
4. Increasing the amount of active time


PAST PARTNERS & PROJECTS: Child Care in Communities


  • Partnered with Adventures in Learning, Head Start, His Kids, Learning Circle and Under the Rainbow to increase access to healthy food options and physical activity.


  • Provided Learning About Nutrition through Activity (LANA) training for Goodhue County Child Care Providers.  Partnered with two programs to implement LANA. 

Tobacco-Free Living In Communities Strategy


Our goal is...

To reduce access to commercial tobacco products and exposure to secondhand smoke.

Tobacco use and exposure is still the single most preventable cause of disease, disability and death. Tobacco companies spend over $8 billion annually marketing cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. Sufficient empirical evidence exists that demonstrates the strong relationship between tobacco sales and marketing in retail stores and tobacco use behaviors.

Heavy point-of-sales marketing is associated with increases in tobacco product cravings and unplanned purchases, a reduction in successful quit attempts, an inflated perception of smoking prevalence and acceptance, and initiation and continuation of tobacco use by youth in particular.


1. Point-of-sale: Raising tobacco excise taxes and prices, passing clean indoor air laws, offering cessation services and using strong messages in media campaigns.
2. Smoke-Free Housing: Increasing access to smoke-free housing options. 


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