Healthy Lifestyles in Milan
(Minnesota, that is)
Located in prairie country in western Minnesota, Milan (pop. 369) was founded by a group of Norwegian immigrants in 1879. Beginning in 2000, a new group of immigrants began calling Milan home: Micronesians from a group of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Now, Micronesians make up over half of Milan’s population.
Facilitated by Extension Center for Family Development health and nutrition staff, Milan brought together residents to work on supporting healthy lifestyles. The group formed the Milan Action Team and chose a park project from all the ideas generated at three community meetings. Family Development contributed to the project in various ways including:
- Family Development's Applied Research and Evaluation Team completed a Rural Active Living Assessment, which confirmed that Milan would benefit from improved park and playground facilities.
- A SNAP-Ed educator connected the mayor of Milan with staff at the Public Health Law Center to draft a resolution stating that the City of Milan will take ownership of the park.
Milan is one of three locations for FD-intensive work committed to supporting healthy lifestyles, and improve the health and well-being — all on a community-wide scale. The other two locations are Browns Valley, on the border of Minnesota and South Dakota in Traverse County, and Dunedin Terrace, a public housing site on the West Side of St. Paul.
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Impact Study of Minnesota SNAP-Ed Health and Nutrition Education Programs — This study's goals were to determine the effectiveness of Extension's nutrition education programs and assess sustained changes of participants and their families. Read the latest update: SNAP-Ed Instruction Helps Kids Eat Healthier
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) — Helping Minnesotans with limited financial resources make the healthy choice the easy choice.