Our Current Initiatives

We’re engaging people statewide to create healthier communities. 

Healthy eating. Physical activity. Commercial Tobacco Use. Health Equity. 

These are significant issues that must be addressed across multiple sectors. They require a multi-pronged approach that considers the role of public policy, systems and our physical environment. 

It's work we’re proud to advance, but we can’t do it alone.

That’s why the Center for Prevention is supporting programs throughout Minnesota. As a funder, collaborator, convener and champion, we’re contributing to some of the leading community-based health initiatives in our state.

Active Living for All

This funding initiative supports community organizations that are creating safe places for physical activity.

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Active Places Demonstration Projects

These temporary, low-cost projects will help illustrate how small changes to our surroundings make it easier for people to be physically active.

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Communities Eliminating Tobacco Inequities

In an effort to reduce commercial tobacco use in these populations, the Center for Prevention has committed $2.8 million in Communities Eliminating Tobacco Inequities funding through 2018.

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Early Childhood Strategy

By engaging and supporting those who provide care to children ages 0 to 5, we aim to make it easy, accessible and part of the normal routine for caregivers to provide healthy foods and plenty of opportunities for active play.

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Farm to School

This project provides K-12 students with fresh, local food while also supporting local farmers.

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Health Equity in Prevention

We're supporting initiatives that reduce tobacco use, increase access to healthy food and make active living easier for communities that face the greatest disparities.

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Health in All Policies

The Center is committing approximately $1 million for 2016 with potential for renewed funding over the next three years, focused on supporting initiatives aimed at reducing inequities and ensuring that more Minnesotans have an opportunity to live the healthiest lives possible.

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Targeted Populations and Commercial Tobacco Use

Why do some socioeconomic groups have higher smoking rates than the general population--and what can be done about it?

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Minnesota Food Charter

Minnesota diets, particularly those high in calories and unhealthy foods and beverages, are contributing to surging health care costs and lower work productivity. To address these challenges, coordination and long terms strategies are needed to create a food system that ensures a vibrant economy and means greater health for all Minnesotans.

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Nice Ride Minnesota

As part of our long-term commitment to this popular bike-sharing program, we're helping towns and cities outside of the Twin Cities build bike systems that suit their communities.

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Open Streets

These popular events help Minnesotans re-envision their streets as places for being with neighbors and getting more physical activity.

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  • Making Healthy Choices Possible for All Minnesotans

    The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota tackles the leading causes of preventable disease -- tobacco use, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating -- to increase health equity, transform communities and create a healthier state.