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Creating Connections
Connecting residents with community wellness resources

Working in partnership, Living Healthy in Washington County brings together health care and wellness providers to support residents in their efforts to be healthy at home, at work, and at play. Despite their best efforts, many Minnesotans have difficulty eating right, losing weight, quitting smoking, or maintaining healthy behaviors. A coordinated effort supports healthcare providers as they recommend healthy lifestyle changes to their patients. Organizing and promoting available services, such as tobacco cessation classes, recreational opportunities, and farmer’s markets, makes it easier for health care professionals and individuals to connect with the resources they need.

  • In 2010, chronic diseases accounted for the seven leading causes of death in Minnesota. These diseases cause a great deal of suffering, shorten life, and are costly in terms of medical care and lost economic opportunities.*
  • People who are physically active tend to live longer and have lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers.*
  • In Minnesota, smoking was responsible for $2.87 billion in excess medical expenditures in 2007 — a per capita expense of $554 for every man, woman and child in the state.*

*Sources:
- Healthy Minnesota 2020: Chronic Disease & Injury
- Minnesota Department of Health, Physical Activity Fact Sheet, August 2013
- Healthcare Costs and Smoking in Minnesota, November 2010; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Our Goals

  • Increase the availability of smoking and tobacco cessation classes and resources for those who want to quit.

  • Build community collaboration with health care systems.

  • Develop tools to help health care providers link patients with local resources.


Resources:

See Resource Guide for Cessation Programs

American Lung Association - Freedom From Smoking Program

Mayo Clinic Smoker Support Person Study

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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