Updates from Moving Matters, a project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic
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Moving Matters and You
As we've seen with the local sidewalk decision (read more below), safe walking and biking matters in our community and the voices of local community members are important. With this newsletter, we'll keep you up-to-date on what's going on in Cook County and when there are opportunities to share your ideas and experiences.

County Board Voted to Build Key Sidewalk

On March 18th, the Cook County Board of Commissioners prioritized the safety of children and seniors in Cook County! The Board voted to build a sidewalk in Grand Marais along County Road 7, from 5th Avenue West (the Old Gunflint Trail) to 8th Ave West (by Birchwood Apartments). This was identified as a priority missing sidewalk in 2010 by the Safe Routes to School group.

Many community members attended the meeting and shared how this sidewalk will improve the safety and walkability for people of all ages. Representatives spoke on behalf of residents of Sawtooth Ridges Apartments (senior housing) and Birchwood Apartments, the schools in Grand Marais (Great Expectations School and Sawtooth Elementary), and others in support of this sidewalk.

“It has been a priority for a long time,” said Director of GES School, Peter James, with a third of their students walking to school.


Planning Thru Play
in Cook County

Over the last several months, Moving Matters has been hosting events around Cook County, asking: “What does a walkable/bikeable community look like?” These ‘Planning Thru Play’ nights have gathered feedback from over 70 Cook County residents and counting.

During the event, each person is asked the question: “What does a walkable/bikeable community look like?” They then build their response on an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper with objects like Legos, small toys, found objects, and more. No drawing allowed! After building, each person has the opportunity to share their ideas and thoughts. While we have heard a diverse array of great ideas, many of the same concerns have come through: need of safe road crossings, connected sidewalks, and snow removal.

The next Planning Thru Play night will be at Hovland Town Hall, Tuesday, April 22nd at 6:00 pm. Families and community members of all ages are invited to attend. Come have a fun evening and share your experiences. Dinner will be provided. RSVP: movingmatters@boreal.org or 218-387-2330 x110.

    News from the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

BMI: The New Vital Sign
During your last visit to the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, you may have noticed that there is a new screening tool being used: BMI wheels.  Body Mass Index, more often called BMI, is a calculation based on your height and weight. Similar to heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature, your BMI is an important vital sign that will be measured at every clinic visit. You may be wondering…why is my BMI important? Because an elevated BMI can be a strong indicator of your risk for chronic diseases, it is a useful piece of information for your doctor or nurse practitioner to have when discussing your health.                        

The nurses will be calculating your BMI at every visit.  If it is out of range, the doctors and nurses are always willing to discuss lifestyle and weight loss challenges with you, but the decision to discuss your weight at the visit is your choice.

The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic works to provide access to high quality, comprehensive, primary and preventative healthcare in Cook County to all people.  BMI assessment is one of many things we do to provide the best possible care to our patients.
Moving Matters is a project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and many local partners. We strive to create safer and more accessible walking and biking routes for people of all ages and abilities throughout Cook County and Grand Portage. Funding for this project is provided by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, as part of Blue Cross’ long-term commitment to tackling the four leading causes of heart disease and cancer: tobacco use, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating.
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