Live Well Goodhue County

Our Mission

To improve the health of our residents by making it easier to walk, bike, eat nutritious foods and live tobacco free

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Good health starts where we live, work, learn and play.  Live Well Goodhue County, the local initiative of the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), partners with our communities to expand opportunities for active living, healthy eating and tobacco-free living.   

The strategies we are using come from the best researchers around country, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Robert Woods Jones Foundation.

  Community Strategies

  • Active Living – We are working on creating master walk/bike plans, updating municipals plans to include “complete streets” with sidewalks and crosswalks, increasing access to connected walking and bicycling networks, connecting and promoting trail systems and collaborating on project that improve walkability and bikeability. 
  • Healthy Eating – Too many of us cannot find fresh fruits and vegetables near our homes or what we can find is limited and expensive.  We are working to increase access and consumption of fruits and vegetables through farmers markets, community-based agriculture programs, at restaurants and concessions.
  • Child Care – We are working with child care providers to make sure the children they care for have the opportunity to be active and are introduced to healthy eating practices.

   Schools Strategies

  • Active School Days – Children are more focused and ready to learn when they have the opportunity to be active at appropriate times.  Safe Routes to School helps more kids walk and bicycle to school more often, increasing physical activity within the instructional setting through active classroom breaks, and helping them build a foundation for lifelong physical activity are some of the strategies we are partnering with our school on. 
  • Healthy School Food – By increasing the offerings of fresh fruits and vegetables through initiative like Farm to School and School-Based Agriculture children eat more fresh, local foods and learn about where their food comes from. 


Workplace Wellness Strategies

  • Comprehensive workplace wellness employs voluntary policies to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and promote smoking cessation among workers, improving employee health while reducing absenteeism and the health care cost incurred by employers. 

Health Care Strategies 

  • Live Well Goodhue County helps healthcare providers integrate overweight/obesity and commercial tobacco use prevention and reduction into their practice through assessment and referral.
  • Supporting breastfeeding is also critical to ensure the youngest among us grow up strong and healthy.

Community Leadership Team Members 

Live Well Goodhue County Community Leadership Team provides direction and support, creates connection, and advances the work that will support the improvement of the health of all our residents.  Our current members are:          

  •       Pam Horlitz, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing
  •       Michelle Leise, Live Healthy Red Wing
  •       Kanko Akakpovi, University of Minnesota Extension – SNAP-Ed Educator
  •       Mike Melstad, Red Wing Family YMCA
  •       Laura Prink, United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties
  •       Mike Redmond, Goodhue School District
  •       Dr. Elizabeth Cozine, Mayo Clinic Health System in Zumbrota
  •       Gene Leifeld, Zumbrota resident
  •       Kim Wojcik, Red Wing Areas Seniors, Inc. 
  •      Jennifer Woods, Dietitian on Wheels
  •      Elizabeth Scott, JackPine Consulting, Inc.
  •      Kirsten Ford, Focus Design
  •      Jessica Seide, Goodhue County Community Health Specialist
  •      Ruth Greenslade, Goodhue County Healthy Communities Supervisor

If you would like more information or to join our leadership team, please contact David Anderson

Statewide Health Improvement Partnership History

The Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Partnership 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.

From 2011 to 2013, SHIP funding was reduced by the legislature.  Goodhue County, along with 35 other counties, applied for but did not receive funding.

In 2013, SHIP funding was increased and all counties were encouraged to reapply.  Goodhue County applied for and received funds for an eight-month planning grant (November 2013-June 2014).  During this time, a new SHIP Coordinator was hired, a Community Leadership Team was formed, partners from the original SHIP grant were reconnected with and new partners were recruited.  Work plans were submitted and we received an implementation grant (July 2014-October 2015).  The Community Leadership Team recommended rebranding SHIP as “Live Well Goodhue County.”