Friday, July 13, 2018
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Get out and explore!
It's officially summer in Minnesota, which means it's time to get outdoors and enjoy the great weather!

In this month's update, we are discussing reasons why you should get outdoors and explore. From helping you to feel more relaxed to helping your overall health, including diabetes prevention, getting outdoors is a great way to spend your summer. Read on to learn more and find some great resources.
The Health Benefits of Small Parks and Green Spaces
Parks are emerging as important public health solutions in urban communities. Nearly 40 years of research evidence confirms that nearby nature, including parks, gardens, the urban forest and green spaces, support human health and wellness.
Featured Workplace Wellness Resources
The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board offers a variety of outdoor health and fitness classes at a number of their parks across the city over the summer. They go throughout the year, but the classes offered during the warmer months are usually outdoors, and they range from yoga classes to dance and boot-camp style classes. Classes have minimal costs, and are a great way to encourage employees to get outside and active with family or coworkers!
Create or join a team
The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board also offers sports leagues year round. Registration for fall leagues is currently open, and different leagues include football, soccer, kickball and more. Employees can form a sports league team with their coworkers to not only help build a culture of health at their workplace, but also have a team bonding experience.
Forge your own trail
Want to create your own outdoor routine or activity? You're never far from something. We have breathtaking waterfalls, a chain of lakes, perfect parks, and more biking and running trails to keep us active and healthy all year long. 6 blocks is all it takes to get to a natural landscape. Explore the full list from Meet Minneapolis.
Did You Know?

Nature is good for our health and happiness. There are a growing number of studies and campaigns putting forward evidence that a connection with nature makes us healthier and happier people. So even if you haven't explored the outdoors much before, now is a great time to start!
I Can Prevent Diabetes Program
This is a cost-effective program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Providers help participants at risk for diabetes make real lifestyle changes that can help.

It is a one-year program where participants are able to learn with others and are taught by a trained lifestyle coach to gain the skills they need to make lasting changes.

Research suggests that I Can Prevent Diabetes participants who meet program goals may reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by about HALF.  

So what are you waiting for? Learn more about how you can get involved today.
Take Charge @ Work
Are you passionate about employee health? If so, you will want to attend the Take Charge@Work Toolkit Training on Thursday, August 2.

This newly updated toolkit is designed to help employees Take Charge of their work lives. As with other Health@Work materials, this toolkit is both  ready to be put into action and can be easily tailored to your workplace’s unique needs and interests.

About mspWellness
mspWellness is the result of a partnership between the Minneapolis Regional Chamber (MRC) and the Minneapolis Health Department (MHD). MRC and MHD are working together to assist business members create healthier work environments.

This partnership is made possible by the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) and Community Wellness Grant, funding that serves as a powerful catalyst for creating healthier communities. Through SHIP, the Minneapolis Health Department partners with schools, neighborhoods, worksites, and clinics to make sustainable community driven changes that help everyone eat healthy, be active, and live tobacco free.