Healthy Living

Healthy Lifestyles

A healthy lifestyle is one that improves your health and well-being. Good nutrition, daily exercise and adequate sleep are at the foundation of continued good health. Managing stress in positive ways, rather than through the use of tobacco and alcohol, will put you on a path to good health.

Click the tabs below to learn more about the work that the Horizon Health Education team, along with our community partners, are doing to promote and support healthy lifestyles in your community.

Alcohol Prevention

Alcohol Prevention Drug Free Communities (DFC) is a Federal grant program that provides funding to community-based coalitions that work to prevent and reduce substance use among youth. The philosophy behind the DFC grant program is that local drug/alcohol problems, require local solutions. Pope County law enforcement, public schools, businesses, youth supporting agencies, faith communities, youth, and parents have partnered together to form ASAP (Against Substance Abuse in Pope county). ASAP focuses on strategies to create a safer environment for our young people and to educate the community on the risks of youth alcohol use.

Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)

The Statewide Health Improvement Program, also known as SHIP, is a statewide effort that focuses on increasing physical activity, improving nutrition and reducing the number of people who use tobacco or are exposed to it. Horizon Public Health receives support from the Minnesota Department of Health to work locally on these issues. The local effort is called Horizon SHIP. Check out the work of Horizon SHIP by checking out or latest newsletter or connect with us on Facebook @HorizonSHIPmn. 2016 Horizon SHIP Newsletter

Traffic Safety

The Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Safe Roads program works to increase local involvement in traffic safety issues in communities around Minnesota. Local agencies have formed TZD coalitions by partnering with others to address issues in their communities through a multifaceted approach.

Safe Roads coalitions are funded by grants from the Department of Public Safety. The TZD approach is based on the belief that even one traffic-related death on our roads is unacceptable.

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Healthy Eating

Through the Horizon Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) we work with schools, childcare, workplaces and healthcare institutions to increase access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables through farmers markets, food hubs, and other community-based healthy eating strategies. Visit the Horizon SHIP website to learn more about our local SHIP program and how we are working with communities to improve health through healthy eating.

The Installment

Horizon Public Health creates a monthly newsletter called the “The Installment”. It is designed to be posted inside restroom stalls in Douglas County. "The Installment" is currently posted monthly by over 100 businesses in Horizon Public Health communities to promote healthy behaviors.


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