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Public Health Promotion

Active living, healthy eating and a tobacco-free lifestyle improve quality of life and prevent chronic disease.

We focus on places where people live, learn, work and play to help residents make healthy lifestyle choices.

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Map of food shelves and free food programs in Hennepin County

Contact each location before visiting.

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Health@Work offers free and affordable trainings, events and resources to help employers in Hennepin County promote healthy worksites and lifestyles for their employees. Take advantage of our programs and services to advance wellness at your worksite.


Our Health@Work newsletter helps you promote better health in your workplace:


Join Health@Work's LinkedIn group to connect to other worksite wellness coordinators

Networking breakfasts

Join local worksite wellness coordinators for a morning of virtual learning and conversation on current topics in worksite health promotion. To learn more, email Kelly Harjes at

Campaigns and toolkits

For information on our upcoming outreach efforts, visit our Public Health Promotion storytelling website

Hennepin County Worksite Advisory Council 

This group of wellness coordinators from companies throughout Hennepin County provides input to Hennepin County Public Health Promotion, to help ensure our worksite wellness trainings, programs, and resources are valuable and effective. New members welcome! If you would like to learn more or become a member of the council, e-mail Kelly Harjes at

mspWellness Champions

Celebrate and be recognized for your worksite wellness efforts with this designation program created in partnership with the Minneapolis Regional Chamber and Minneapolis Public Health Department. Visit the mspWellness website to learn more about the designation criteria and to apply anytime.

Creating safe, positive environments for learning

Hennepin County's partnerships within the schools and the community are helping create healthy school environments that reduce chronic disease, increase student attendance and achievement, and increase student and staff wellness.

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The importance of public health initiatives in schools (PDF)


Health@School staff are available to provide no-cost consultations on the following topics:

  • Active recess and other physical activity initiatives
  • Healthy cafeteria assessments and other healthy eating initiatives
  • Safe Routes to School
  • School climate initiatives
  • Tobacco-free K-12 schools
  • Tobacco-free post-secondary schools

For information, email Catherine Stahl at or call 612-596-7467.

Youth mental well-being resources

Change to Chill training

Hennepin County Public Health offered a virtual training for school employees in collaboration with Allina Health on their award-winning Change to Chill program. It educates school staff on mindfulness concepts, resilience techniques, and models deep breathing techniques and other strategies to help young people be their best selves.

Change to Chill spring 2022 training recording – 1 hour (YouTube)

Calm spaces in schools:

This calm spaces in schools resource guide is available to school staff to design calm rooms or calm corners in their schools.

Calm spaces in schools resource guide (PDF)

Youth tobacco prevention

A parent's guide to vaping

Talking to youth about the dangers of vaping is more important than ever. Caregivers can learn about youth vaping from a series of free videos and begin conversations with their child to prevent use. All resources are free. We encourage you to share them with other caregivers.

Videos en español

Hablar ahora con los jóvenes sobre los peligros del vapeo es más importante que nunca. Los cuidadores pueden informarse sobre la práctica del vapeo entre los jóvenes a través de una serie de videos gratuitos y comenzar a conversar con sus hijos para prevenir el consumo. Se proporcionan guías de apoyo y preguntas para el debate. Todos los recursos son gratuitos. Le recomendamos que los comparta con otros cuidadores.

En español: Enlace aquí

Somali videos

To complete MN 245D nutrition training, watch the videos in numbers 1 through 7.  Apply what you’ve learned by completing the online nutrition training module in number 8. Upon successful completion of the online training, print out the certificate of completion at the end of the online module and keep a copy with your records or provide a copy to your manager.

1. Hennepin Today: nutrient-rich foods and portion sizes

2. Fat, sugar and salt, oh my!

3. One family's plan: budgeting, shopping and meal planning

4. Choosing fruits and vegetables

5. Preparing fruits and vegetables

6. Preserving fruits and vegetables

7. Cooking videos: learn new cooking skills and watch recipe demonstrations

8. Online training

Practice what you’ve learned in the nutrition module online. Upon successful completion of the training, print out the certificate of completion on the last screen of the online module and retain a copy for your records and provide one to your manager if needed.

Additional recipes

Handouts and print resources

Cooking skills-building and easy recipes

Special diets

Here are four common special diets ordered by doctors and tips to prepare them. These videos are intended for information only and do not take the place of medical advice or in-person, professional training. If you need more assistance, contact your health care provider or manager. Along with videos and supporting materials, quizzes have been provided to test your knowledge. You can apply what you’ve learned to real life situations by completing the special diet online activity.



Dysphagia and thickened liquids

Practice what you've learned by completing the e-learning activity.

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