General Wellness


America’s Health Rankings: A call to action for individuals and their communities.
The 25th year of this important ranking report published by UnitedHealthcare. “All of us need to continue addressing unhealthy behavios and being leaders in our families, among our friends, at our workplaces and in our communities.”

America’s Health Rankings: 2013 Senior Edition Report
America’s Health Rankings Senior Report compares the health of all 50 states to each other using 34 different measures of health ranging from smoking and obesity to ICU usage.

Center for Healthy Aging – National Council on Aging
Information about evidence-based programs that communities can use to promote healthy lives for older adults.

Healthy Aging Minnesota
This website by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Board on Aging provides informattionon ways to promote healthy aging for mid-life and older adults. It also provides information on evidence-based programs that help individuals make healthier choices.
This website by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides information and links about preventive efforts that support healthy people.

Health and Nutrition: University of Minnesota Extension
Simply Good Eating is University of Minnesota Extension’s nutrition education program. We draw on evidence-based strategies and best practices to promote healthy lifestyles for people with limited incomes. Simply Good Eating brings real solutions for healthful living that families can use right away. Program services build essential independent living skills and empower individuals and families to make healthy food and physical activity choices

Healthy Minnesota 2020
This is a framework for creating and improving health throughout Minnesota based on a statewide health assessment.

Minnesota Health Information
This clearinghouse for health information helps individuals compare providers, learn how to be a wise health care consumer, and manage personal health. The site was created by the Governor’s Health Cabinet and is maintained by the Minnesota Department of Health.

National Prevention Strategy: America’s Plan for Better Health and Wellness
This is a comprehensive guide from the Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, published in 2011. “Preventing disease and injuries is key to improving America’s health. When we invest in prevention, the benefits are broadly shared.” The report identifies seven priorities for preventing major illnesses and death.

Roadmap to a Healthier Minnesota
“The road to improved population health begins with increased access to care and a focus on preventing disease and promoting healthy choices. By expanding access to coverage, reorganizing our payment systems to promote better coordination of care, and creating environments that help reinforce healthy daily choices, we will pave the way to a healthier state.”

The State of Aging and Health in America 2013
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2013.

Sun City It’s Not
Article about alternatives for aging in place. At end of article highlights Bloomingdale Aging in Place, A volunteer network of neighbors helping neighbors.

New Ulm wellness project already shows healthy results
Jeff Hargarten, StarTribune, February 11, 2013
Describes the results the Heart of New Ulm project is producing.

Baby boomers may live longer, but their elders were healthier
Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2013