Go Anoka County

Go Anoka County is an online informational resource that identifies opportunities for individuals to engage in healthy eating, active living and tobacco free living.

The goal is to:

  • Increase awareness of public parks and recreational facilities. 
  • Promote access easily and conveniently for people to find places to be physically active. 
  • Encourage walking and biking, playing and exercising, swimming and boating.
  • Promote Smoke-Free Living. 
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Obesity

"Across Minnesota, communities are working together through the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) to expand healthy eating and active living opportunities with multiple strategies, across multiple settings and multiple sectors. SHIP spends $17.5 million per year supporting grant funding to local community partners in all 87 counties and 10 tribal nations.

SHIP grants support locally controlled community leadership teams, which have linked with nearly 3000 active partner sites, including schools, workplaces, communities, health care facilities and child care facilities, while supporting and leveraging the work of a variety of partners such as community groups, schools, employers, farmers, chambers of commerce, hospitals and health care facilities, city planners, county boards, tribal officials and more."

- Minnesota Depatment of Health: Obesity in Minnesota Quick Facts

Tobacco Rates

  • 6,300 Minnesotans die every year due to smoking.
  • Smoking causes over $3.2 billion in medical costs annually in Minnesota.
  • 580,000 Minnesotans, 14.4 percent of the state’s population, still smoke.
  • 102,100 Minnesota youth are projected to die from smoking.
  • Tobacco kills more Minnesotans than alcohol, homicides, car accidents, AIDS, illegal drugs, and suicide combined.

-Minnesota Department of Health: Tobacco Prevention and Control