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A Healthy Start for Washington County’s Youngest Residents

A Healthy Start for Washington County’s Youngest Residents Living Healthy in Washington County (Living Healthy Washington County) is working to help our youngest residents get off to a healthy start in life. In April 2018, we partnered with Parent Aware and Washington County Community Services to learn more from child care providers in Washington County. […]


Assessing the Impact of Income on Mental Health and Physical Activity

Assessing the Impact of Income on Mental Health and Physical Activity Washington County is one of the healthiest counties in the state, yet the health outcomes for certain populations living in the County differ greatly. The 2014/2015 Metro Survey of the Health of All the Population and the Environment (SHAPE) highlighted several key disparities along […]


Local food shelf makes the healthy choice the easy choice

Local food shelf makes the healthy choice the easy choice Eating right is easier with healthy food options close at hand. That’s why Family Pathways recently transformed the way it showcases healthy foods at its Forest Lake Food Shelf, which serves over 7,000 individuals per year. The new design and layout encourages clients to make […]


Collaboration Results in District-wide Support for Breastfeeding

Collaboration Results in District-wide Support for Breastfeeding Forest Lake Area School District encompasses more than 200 square miles in three counties — Anoka, Chisago, and Washington. With seven elementary schools, two junior highs, a senior high school and an Area Learning Center, the District is the largest worksite in the area, employing over 1,200 people. […]


Washington County demonstrates commitment to breastfeeding support

Washington County Demonstrates Commitment to Breastfeeding Support It has long been recognized that breastfeeding plays a critical role in maternal and baby health. Breastfeeding can protect babies from infections and illness, and breastfed babies are less likely to develop asthma or become obese. Mothers who nurse are less likely to develop ovarian cancer, breast cancer […]


New play space at Miniapple International Montessori School in Oakdale

Community members gather to celebrate new play space at Miniapple International Montessori School in Oakdale Community leaders in Oakdale celebrated the opening of a child care natural play space project at Miniapple International Montessori School in Oakdale Sept. 26. The play space was created with support from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), with assistance […]