County Examples

Wellness for Every Body

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Hennepin County, Minn.

In counties across our nation, awareness has rapidly grown in recent years regarding adults with SPMI (Serious and Persistent Mental Illness) and the need for services to mitigate their elevated and inequitable risk of early death due to chronic diseases. In 2013-2016, Hennepin County launched Wellness for Every Body to decrease such health disparities and improve quality of life for adults with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) in Hennepin County. The operational goal of the pilot project was to assist service providers in supporting individuals with SPMI to make healthy choices regarding eating, being physically active, and decreasing tobacco use through enhanced organizational practices and environments that foster these healthy choices.

Mr. Randy R. Larson 
Administrative Secretary


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Counties play an essential role in keeping America’s communities healthy, vibrant and safe. With public and private sector partners, we pursue innovative approaches to advance public health and well-being, protect public safety and foster economic strength and resiliency. Counties anticipate and adapt to challenges by thinking outside the box and demonstrating local leadership that makes a difference in people’s lives.

Under the leadership of NACo Immediate Past President Bryan Desloge, NACo embarked on an initiative to identify and share 100 examples of visionary county leadership that results in improving residents’ quality of life. Through this initiative, NACo worked with county leaders and partners to share best practices that bolster our nation’s ability to thrive county by county.

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