The Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis and Aitkin-Itasca-Koochiching Community Health Boards in Northeastern Minnesota, collectively known as Healthy Northland, are working on reducing the burden of chronic diseases through policy, systems and environmental changes. With funding from the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) and a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthy Northland is working in the areas of active living, clinical care, healthy eating and tobacco-free living to address MDH’s overall goal of helping Minnesotans live longer, better, healthier lives. In turn, ARDC has been contracted by Healthy Northland to provide technical assistance for the active living strategy. ARDC’s goal in pursuing active living work is as follows:

To implement policies and practices that create active communities by increasing opportunities for non-motorized transportation (walking and biking) and access to community recreation facilities.

SHIP Active Living Initiatives

In tackling active living strategies, ARDC works closely with Healthy Northland and local SHIP coordinators and coalitions. The Arrowhead Region’s SHIP-affiliated organizations are listed below with the geographic areas where they implement their strategies:

  • Aitkin County Health and Human Services (Aitkin County)
  • Carlton County Public Health and Human Services (Carlton County)
  • Cook County Department of Public Health and Human Services (Cook County)
  • Get Fit Itasca (Itasca County)
  • Koochiching County Public Health (Koochiching County)
  • Lake County Health and Human Services (Lake County)
  • St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services (St. Louis County)
  • Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community (City of Duluth)

To learn about the active living work being done by SHIP coordinators in the Arrowhead Region, visit Healthy Northland’s page on Active Living and/or watch the video below. To view more videos highlighting Healthy Northland work across the region, click here.


A number of resources are available to help initiate and implement active living strategies in Northland communities. The following list highlights some of these resources:

Regional Active Living Facilities

Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

Active Living Organizations

Active Living Promotional Programs

Regularly-Scheduled Calls/Webinars

Healthy Food Access Resources

Other Resources

Funding Opportunities

More Information

For more information on ARDC’s SHIP Active Living Technical Assistance, please contact:

Russell Habermann
221 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: 218-529-7552 (direct)
Toll-free: 1-800-232-0707 ext. 552.
Fax: 218-529-7592