Active Living

Walkable and bikeable communities have healthier residents. They have better and more equitable access to healthy food, housing, transportation, jobs and physical activity.

To make the county more walkable and bikeable, Active Living promotes policy, systems, and environmental change.

Active Living initiates this change through:

  • Complete streets policies
  • Active Living resolutions
  • Design of roads, trails, sidewalks and transit
  • Community gardens
  • Funding and technical support for local initiatives

Help your community improve residents' health. Partner with Active Living Hennepin County to make your city a healthy place to live, learn, work, and play.

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How to participate

Benefits of partnership

  • Access to technical assistance from Active Living staff
  • Networking
  • Eligibility for funding
  • Notification of regional events and opportunities
  • Participation in quarterly panel discussions. Recent panels include:
    • Connecting Active Living and environmental sustainability
    • Food systems planning
    • Economic development around bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure
    • Building health equity into planning practice


If your city, agency, or organization is interested in joining the partnership, contact Laura Fredrick Wang at

About our work


Active Living Hennepin County is supported by a partnership of cities, businesses and nonprofits working together to increase opportunities for daily physical activity. We consider policies and practices that create opportunities to be more active on a daily basis, including walking and bicycling.

History and funding

The program was launched in 2006. It received grant funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota from 2006 through 2012, and has also been funded through the Minnesota Department of Health's Statewide Health Improvement Program since 2009. It also receives support from Hennepin County.

During 2006 and 2007, we conducted an assessment (PDF) of the opportunities and barriers to active living, which led to the development of our initial vision, mission and guiding principles.

In October 2007, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an Active Living resolution. This laid the foundation for the development and implementation of our ongoing Active Living policies (PDF), as well as for our work on Complete Streets.

Subcommittees were created in 2008 to plan events, develop technical resources, host workshops, and revise the vision, mission and guiding principles (PDF).

Cross cultural competency

A multicultural outreach subcommittee began working in 2008 to develop an action plan for effective community engagement with diverse populations in Hennepin County. The subcommittee determined that developing capacity within individual organizations, including support from leadership, was the best long-term approach. A two-day workshop was developed and held, and a final committee report including findings and recommendations from the committee's work.

References and reports

Deep Dive reports 

The following reports were developed as part of the Active Living Deep Dive initiatives in Hopkins and Brooklyn Center in 2014 - 2015.     

Active Living checklists and reports

Targeted workshops

Active Living hosts diverse panels and workshops for our partners and other organizations on relevant topics and current needs. Recent workshop topics include:

  • Biking, walking and winter walking
  • Complete Streets
  • Placemaking
  • Strategic and secure bicycle parking
  • Wayfinding
  • Working with developers to create active communities
  • Health equity in healthy community planning

Bicycle and pedestrian plans

Robbinsdale Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan (PDF 27MB)


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