Health Promotion & Wellness

Promoting Healthy Communities

Rice County Public Health offers a wide variety of health education programs for schools, worksites, and community groups. Staff members work collaboratively with many organizations and groups in the community to create policies, systems, and environmental changes which promote and protect the health of the residents of Rice County.
 

Health Promotion Activities

Topics Public Health staff can provide health information on or resources about:

  • Chronic Disease Prevention – asthma, cancer, diabetes
  • Tobacco Use Cessation – prevention activities, carbon monoxide monitor, QUITPLAN Minnesota
  • Mental Health – promotion activities, resources
  • Diet and Nutrition- nutrition education, community gardens, farmers markets
  • Healthy Home Environments-home assessments and education
  • Sun Safety – use of Dermascan to show sun damage
  • Health Care Access – help  for underinsured and uninsured in accessing health care in Rice County
  • Home Safety- home safety instruction for injury and fall prevention
  • Indoor Air quality – radon, environmental tobacco smoke, mold (scroll down for more information regarding tobacco work and air quality)
  • Physical Activity and Healthy Weight- promotion of parks and recreation, non-motorized transportation,  healthy lifestyle
  • Radon Awareness and Testing

Statewide Health Improvement Program

Rice County receives grant funding from the Minnesota Department of Health to prevent chronic disease associated with obesity and tobacco use. More information may be found on our Healthy Rice County website at http://www.healthyricecounty.org
 

Go Southeast MN

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Click on the following to view GoSoutheastMN

Go Southeast MN is your guide to walking and biking routes, parks, farmers markets and other resources in Southeast Minnesota communities that support healthy living.

Mobile applications are also available.  Go to the iPhone App Store or the Android Market and search for: “Go Southeast MN”
 

Tobacco Work

Four Corners Partnership Grant: Rice County works in partnership with Dodge, Steele and Goodhue Counties to help reduce the harm tobacco causes Minnesotans through coalition building, policy advocacy and public education. More information can be found at http://www.4cornerspartnership.org

Click here to read the latest edition of Smoke Free News

Click here to read the June 2015 Breathing Space News Bulletin from the Minnesota Department of Health Asthma Program

Click here to view the newly launched website of the American Lung Association in Minnesota

 

Air Quality Information

BeAirAwareMN.org is a website to help you protect your health and improve air quality. It provides information on indoor and outdoor air quality, tips on what you can do to improve air quality, and links to data on air quality and health outcomes in Minnesota. Real-time data available about air quality conditions in Minnesota for common pollutants including fine particles and ozone. This website is jointly maintained by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.