FROM MY BACKYARD
By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher
What is the “Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)?
Well, “The Local Public Health Association of Minnesota (LPHA)” defines it this way:
“It’s a roadmap to a healthier Minnesota.”
“The idea is to help Minnesotans live healthier lives,” Carol Biren told the Minneota Rotary recently.
The SHIP coordinator for Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone Public Health Services said, “The focus is obesity and tobacco.”
“We’re trying to make it easier for people to incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily lives,” said Biren.
“We’re working in schools, in communities and in the worksite,” said Biren.
She said the tobacco issue is easier to attack but that obesity affects a lot more people and it’s a lot more sensitive issue.
“So far the community intervention projects chosen to concentrate on are Pioneering a Healthier Marshall, Murray County Wellness Team and Pipestone Active Living Partnership.”
Schools targeted so far are Marshall, Pipestone and Lincoln HI.
Worksite intervention has begun at Hy-Vee Food Store, SW/WC Service Coop, Fey Industries and The Schwan Food Company in Marshall.
In terms of being the healthiest in the nation, Minnesotans have dropped from first or second in 1990 and currently have fallen to sixth.
“An ongoing increase in obesity was among other factors contributing to Minnesota’s declining ranking,” said a newsletter from the LPHA.
“SHIP funding will increase public health spending and directly address obesity,” said the same report.
Approximately 70 Minnesotans die each day from chronic diseases, which are among the most prevalent, costly and preventable of all health problems.
LAUGH A LITTLE: DEA officer stops at a ranch in Texas , and talks with an old rancher. He tells the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs." The rancher says, "Okay , but do not go in that field over there," as he points out the location.
The DEA officer verbally explodes saying, " Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me." Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removes his badge and proudly displays it to the rancher.
"See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish.... On any land. No questions asked or answers given. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand? "
The rancher nods politely, apologizes, and goes about his chores.
A short time later, the old rancher hears loud screams and sees the DEA officer running for his life chased by the rancher's big Santa Gertrudis bull......
With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer, and it seems likely that he'll get gored before he reaches safety.
The officer is clearly terrified. The rancher throws down his tools, runs to the fence and yells at the top of his lungs......
" Your badge. Show him your BADGE !
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: As my Ole Pappy used to say, “Live a little. Love a lot.”
Not much more to say about this Ole Pappy.