Living Healthy Washington County is committed to supporting partners and communities through actions that make the healthy choice easier for all residents. In this section, we share stories of success and the latest news from our community, and education and resources to create a healthier Washington County.
Three generations of a family gather to tend to their garden plot.
When applications opened for the 2023 growing season, nearly 60 people applied to rent the 26 available garden plots. Demand was high among West African residents who were interested in not only growing culturally important foods, but also drawn to an activity that would bring the community together, reducing stress and isolation. Many others shared that gardening helped them feel a connection to their homeland and childhood memories.
In 2022, Living Healthy Washington County launched the Healthy Opportunities for People through Equity (HOPE) Project. HOPE is a data-driven initiative designed to identify areas within Washington County where residents are experiencing poor health outcomes and work alongside communities to understand local-level needs and support community-led solutions. Download a PDF of our 2022 Annual Report.
In December 2021, the City of Stillwater was recognized as Minnesota’s newest Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. The City’s Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community Award reflects years of hard work to make Stillwater an attractive biking destination for residents and visitors alike. In keeping with the City’s strong commitment to bicycling and […]
In 2021, Living Healthy Washington County continued to improve community health with a deepened focus on our new health equity efforts. Community partner projects increased residents’ access to healthy foods, physical activity, mental well-being, and reduced use and exposure to commercial tobacco products. Download a PDF of our 2021 Annual Report.
In 2020, Living Healthy Washington County (LHWC) aligned its work with the Healthy Brain Initiative, focusing specifically on efforts to educate and train professionals. In collaboration with Dementia Partners Woodbury and FamilyMeans, LHWC embarked on training businesses serving older adults to be dementia friendly.
With support from Living Healthy Washington County, Family Achievement Center purchased 12 mobile standing desks, a standing desk riser that allows for ergonomically correct positioning in both sitting and standing positions, and an ergonomic laptop mount stand that allows for proper posture while using a laptop computer.