Healthy Living

Healthy Lifestyles

A healthy lifestyle is one that improves your health and well-being. Good nutrition, daily exercise and adequate sleep are at the foundation of continued good health. Managing stress in positive ways, rather than through the use of tobacco and alcohol, will put you on a path to good health.

Click the tabs below to learn more about the work that the Horizon Health Education team, along with our community partners, are doing to promote and support healthy lifestyles in your community.

Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs

Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is an important step in maintaining your health and wellbeing. Horizon Public Health offers a number of services that address these issues within a community.

Tobacco-Free Horizon works to improve the health of West Central Minnesota by promoting the reduction of tobacco use. Tobacco-Free Horizon seeks to; prevent the initiation of tobacco use, reduce current tobacco use among adults and youth, eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, and identify and eliminate tobacco-related health disparities.

Tobacco-Free Horizon, in partnership with the Towards Zero Deaths initiative, offers tobacco vendor and alcohol server training in Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse counties. The goal of the training is to equip sales clerks with the tools to eliminate the sale of tobacco and alcohol to underage buyers. To locate a training opportunity in your area please contact Misty Hvezda at 320-763-6018.

Tobacco-free Horizon coordinates the licensing of tobacco vendors in Douglas County only. To renew your Douglas County tobacco vendor license, or apply for the first time, please contact Misty Hvezda at 320-763-6018

To learn more about the locally lead Tobacco-Free Horizon initiative, visit their website:

Drug Free Communities (DFC) is a Federal grant program that provides funding to community-based coalitions that work to prevent and reduce substance use among youth. The philosophy behind the DFC grant program is that local drug/alcohol problems, require local solutions. Pope County law enforcement, public schools, businesses, youth supporting agencies, faith communities, youth, and parents have partnered together to form ASAP (Against Substance Abuse in Pope county). ASAP focuses on strategies to create a safer environment for our young people and to educate the community on the risks of youth alcohol & marijuana usage.

Active Living

Active Living is a way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines. In other words, active living involves increasing the number of people walking, bicycling and using other modes of human powered transportation to get to and from destinations like the grocery store, library, shopping centers and many others.

Horizon Public Health and others across the state are changing the way people think about living actively through the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). Visit the Horizon SHIP website to learn more about our local SHIP program and how we are working with communities to improve health through active living.

Traffic Safety

The Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Safe Roads program works to increase local involvement in traffic safety issues in communities around Minnesota. Local agencies have formed TZD coalitions by partnering with others to address issues in their communities through a multifaceted approach.

Safe Roads coalitions are funded by grants from the Department of Public Safety. The TZD approach is based on the belief that even one traffic-related death on our roads is unacceptable.

Local TZD Initiatives:

Healthy Eating

Through the Horizon Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) we work with schools, childcare, workplaces and healthcare institutions to increase access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables through farmers markets, food hubs, and other community-based healthy eating strategies. Visit the Horizon SHIP website to learn more about our local SHIP program and how we are working with communities to improve health through healthy eating.

The Installment

Horizon Public Health creates a monthly newsletter called the “The Installment”. It is designed to be posted inside restroom stalls in Douglas County. "The Installment" is currently posted monthly by over 100 businesses in Horizon Public Health communities to promote healthy behaviors.

Horizon SHIP

Horizon SHIP