Who we are
The Active Living Ramsey Communities initiative was developed December of 2004, with the support of community and business leaders, health plans, city, county and school officials, and residents. Active Living Ramsey Communities! was formed to create and promote environments that make it safe and convenient for people to integrate physical activity into their daily routines. Under co-chairs Mary Jo McGuire (Ramsey County Commissioner) and Sandy Rummel (Metropolitan Council Member), the group continues to maintain a number of initiatives designed to bring about and sustain changes in design, transportation, and public/private policies to encourage and support active living.
Creating and promoting healthy environments to engage in physical activities.
To improve the physical health and safety of Ramsey County residents by positively influencing communities to improve their active community resources through infrastructure, policy and programming changes.
Active Living refers to changing the built environment to inspire behavioral change and create opportunities for physical activity that are practical and enjoyable. Active Living Ramsey Communities considers design processes, partnerships, programs, policies and physical projects that encourage walking, taking the stairs, and using recreational facilities. The goal is to help more people meet the recommendations of physical activity at least five times a week.
Benefits of a successful Active Living initiative include: healthier people, safer communities, economic vitality and more connected community. Successful initiatives bring the community together to mobilize resources and expertise towards a common vision.
The Active Living Ramsey Communities Strategic Plan identifies the direction of the partnership over the next five years. The goals fall into four overlapping themes: (1) improve health, (2) influence policy, (3) enhance built environment, and (4) engage communities.
Active Living Ramsey Communities works with cities, governmental organizations and community groups to identify, plan and promote opportunities to encourage active living.