Active Living Minnesota

Our Active Living Minnesota initiative set out to increase places and opportunities for people to be physically active.

We funded eight Minnesota organizations from 2008 to 2013 to develop and implement comprehensive ways to support active living in their counties, cities, towns and neighborhoods. Since 2008, accomplishments of these funded organizations include more than:

  • 36 infrastructure changes (including bike racks, street crossings and signage).
  • 23 policies passed (Complete Streets, school transportation, snow removal). 
  • 31 resolutions passed (greenway master plans, long-range transportation plans and area land use plans).


Bemidji had the unique opportunity to influence the policies of the joint planning board, trail completion along Lake Bemidji and downtown revitalization by adopting and incorporating active living policies and plans.

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Clay County

Active in Moorhead was a community partnership that included Clay County Public Health, the City of Moorhead and Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments.

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Dakota County

The Center for Prevention and the Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program provided funding to Dakota County to create an environment that supports physical activity.

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Douglas County

Active Living Douglas County implemented a multifaceted approach that increased the safety, awareness and opportunity for physical activity for its community members.

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Hennepin County

Active Living Hennepin County’s collaboration and dedication resulted in a county-wide partnership that included many cities, multiple nonprofits, parks and advocacy organizations.

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La Crescent

Active Living La Crescent made significant headway in its effort to make the community more walking- and bicycle-centric.

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Pipestone Active Living helped to create a community where walking, bicycling and other forms of physical activity are easier and safer to engage in.

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Active Living Rochester overcame initial opposition and made significant strides forward in the effort to make the region more bike- and pedestrian-friendly.

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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.