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Join us in the BikeMN Classic

Join us and our friends at BikeMN for the month long Classic! Minnesota has over 1,300 miles of state bike trails. Get your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers out riding before the event ends on September 13th!

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What would you do with more time?

Recently I saw this video from the 2020 Chicago Heart Ball, and it really made an impression on me.

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A picture of a little boy in grocery store wearing a mask and holding a bunch of bananas.

Supporting healthy, hunger-free kids

While we have all attempted to adjust to the uncertain times that we’ve been experiencing the last several months, many have faced even more significant challenges since schools closed down in the spring. Under the Federal CARES Act passed in Congress after the COVID 19 pandemic spread nationwide, states received funding to continue providing free and reduced price lunches to those students who would receive them if schools were still in session, referred to as Pandemic EBT.

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A table with a variety of e-cigarettes laid out to look at.

Update: the latest on flavored e-cigarettes in Montana

Things have been moving quickly the last few weeks with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services and their proposed rule to end the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. We wish we had better news to share but on Friday August 14, the Department pulled back their proposed rule. 

This did not happen because they thought the proposed rule wasn’t needed. They still stand behind the need for it given that 30% of Montana high schoolers admit to using these flavored products. However, a move by a handful of legislators to “poll” all 150 lawmakers concerning the issue made the Department feel they had no choice but to stop moving forward with the rule.

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GUEST BLOG: Universal Meals for All Students

Who’s ready for fall? I know I’m sure ready for a little break from the Wyoming heat!

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A table with a variety of e-cigarettes laid out to look at.

New Results from 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Reveal Sharp Rise in Vaping

Late last week findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey were released and they were stark.

The survey of high school and middle school students in Hawaii showed an increase in youth e-cigarette use. Nearly one in three high school students (30.6 percent) used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days, an increase from 25.5 percent in 2017. Additionally, the percentage of frequent high school users doubled (5.1 percent in 2017 to 10.4 percent in 2019) and daily e-cigarette use has more than doubled (3.5 percent in 2017 to 7.9 percent in 2019).

“Youth smoking in Hawaii has decreased dramatically over the last ten years, but the opposite alarming trend is happening with e-cigarette use, said Lola Irvin, administrator of the Hawai‘i Department of Health Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division in responding to the new data. “More of our keiki are using e-cigarettes, and the significant increase of frequent and daily use indicates they are addicted. While our Tobacco Prevention and Education program is improving education for teens and parents on the harms of e-cigarette use and providing resources to quit, this is only one part of the solution. This public health crisis requires policy change.”

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Rebecca's Story

Our Grassroots Manager in the northern part of the Eastern Region, Rebecca Scharler, had a medical emergency in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is her story of the safe quality care she got despite the pandemic. 

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GUEST BLOG: Getting Healthy School Meals to All Kiddos

Hi everyone!! Hannah here!! I am so happy to be back this month to talk to you guys! This month we are going to be talking H.R. 7887, also known as, the Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act.

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Washington Health Exchange has opened a special enrollment window

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has opened a time-limited, extended enrollment opportunity for customers who have lost health coverage during the public health emergency.

Typically, customers losing coverage mid-year have 60 days before and after their coverage end date to sign up through Washington Healthplanfinder. During COVID many have reported enrollment barriers, including delays in receiving federal or state unemployment insurance payments. To help address these barriers, the Exchange is giving customers experiencing a gap in coverage more time to enroll.

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Big Tobacco is Targeting Our Kids

Vaping among Oregon youth is reaching dangerous levels. E-cigarette use among high schoolers increased 80% last year. Vaping companies, like Big Tobacco-owned Juul, are hooking a new generation of kids on nicotine with candy flavored e-cigarettes.  We know that young people who use electronic cigarettes are three times more likely to start smoking tobacco and 99% of adult smokers begin their deadly addiction as teenager!  


Oregon has made some great strides in working to keep nicotine products out of the hands out our youth. But there is still more we must do. Big tobacco spends $116 million every year marketing their deadly products in Oregon. Research studies have found that kids are twice as sensitive to tobacco advertising as adults and are more likely to be influenced to smoke by cigarette marketing than by peer pressure. One-third of underage experimentation with smoking is attributable to tobacco company advertising. And most of those products are so cheap (sometimes even under $1!) that is it far too easy for kids to get their hands on them. 

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