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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year, 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental illness, and 60% do not seek treatment. The stigma surrounding mental illnesses is one of the barriers to people getting the help they need and deserve.

Over the course of this month, you will hear many references to Make it OK. Make It OK is a campaign that focuses on reducing stigma by starting conversations about mental illness. Community outreach, education and personal stories are helping to dispel myths and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.
Everyone has the ability to help to “Make It Ok” to talk about mental illness and stop stigma.



1. Start by taking the pledge to Make it OK, by going to makeitok.org  By taking the pledge you will:

LEARN MORE. The more we learn about mental illnesses, the more common we realize they are.
START TALKING. The more we talk about mental illnesses, the closer we come to stopping the stigma.
PASS IT ON. Encourage others to join by taking the pledge online.

2. Wear Green on May 9th to show your support! Green is the color signifying mental health awareness.  

3. Attend one or all of the upcoming events: 

  • May 1st - Mental Health Awareness Month Proclamation 1:30pm right outside City Hall
  • May 9th - Wear Green Day
  • May 11 - Make it OK at the Y - Open House (Free day at the Duluth YMCA)
  • May 15th - Screening of Suicide: The Ripple Effect at Zeitgeist at 6:30pm FREE
  • May 22nd - John Moe presents at Denfeld Auditorium, with free dinner and resource fair beginning at 5pm. 

Questions about any of these events? Please contact Angel at ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov or call 730-5201. 



LAKE SUPERIOR (BAYFIELD FOODS) CSA ORDERS STILL OPEN FOR 2018! - First of all for those of you who are new to this, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You’ll receive the freshest and tastiest produce you can ever imagine through a CSA (unless you have your own garden, and then it’s hard to compare), along with the option to purchase meats, baked goods and other locally sourced items.  The best part (in my opinion) is that you are supporting local farmers who use organic methods to raise their crops/animals/etc. Clean, real food. 

The City of Duluth is a drop-site for the Bayfield Foods/Lake Superior CSA and if you choose to order, you will be able to pick up your food box from City Hall on a weekly (or bi-weekly) basis.  We also receive a 5% discount for being a host. To learn more or place and order check out Bayfield Foods 


Quit4Cash Challenge

Start your journey to a Tobacco-free you

During this four-week challenge, employees that currently use tobacco will be encouraged to quit for the month of April.

 The challenge includes:

  • Useful support tools, tips and to-dos weekly throughout the challenge
  • Chance to be placed in a grand prize drawing for those that successfully quit for the month of April for $150.
  • Participants will also be asked to enlist a tobacco-free supporter, or non-smoking “buddy”, who will support them throughout the challenge as they try to remain tobacco free.

  How to participate:

 Questions? Contact: Angel Hohenstein at 218-730-5201 or ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov


In addition to the challenge: 

We are here to support you.  If you are contemplating quitting tobacco, there are many FREE resources available to help you:

 If you have questions about any of these services or would like additional information, please feel free to contact Wellness Coordinator, Angel Hohenstein at ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov or 730-5201



Upcoming Events/Activities 

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM  if you are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes or Cardiovascular Disease, this FREE program is for you! Classes began on September 28th, but there will be another round offered in the spring. The course is FREE, and is designed to help you establish healthy habits that will stay with you for life. Topics range from healthy eating, stress management, physical activity, sleep, and more. Angel is the Lifestyle Coach for this program. Contact her at ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov or 218-730-5201. 



Diabetes Prevention Program

What Is the Diabetes Prevention Program?  It is a lifestyle change intervention program where groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, a lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.

 For example, you will learn to:

  • Eat healthy
  • Add physical activity to your life
  • Manage stress
  • Stay on track when eating out

Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?

You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older;
  • Are overweight;
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
    • Ever had diabetes while pregnant which disappeared after the delivery (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.

If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes. You may also take this quick test to determine if you are at risk. 

If I am prediabetic, how do I enroll?

Contact Wellness Coordinator, Angel Hohenstein at 218-730-5201 or email ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov to sign up or ask more question. 

When and Where will the class take place? 

Next class will take place on Thursdays from 5-6pm at City Hall in room 106A beginning September 28th. 

For more information regarding course curriculum please visit www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention 



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