Our community is facing a crisis.

66.2% of the Grand Forks population is either overweight or obese.

Why and how we got here is a result of many factors, including social, economic, environmental, and individual reasons. But how we can change that number requires working together on just as many levels.

At any organizational level, helping to make lasting choices, first, requires policy changes. These are the changes that focus on approaches that reach large numbers of people in multiple settings. Best of all, they often are easy, affordable changes, we can commit to and live every day in our workplaces, schools and community organizations.

The Partners for a Healthy Community initiative is dedicated to creating policy changes that focus on:

  • Making healthier food options available
  • Supporting physical activity

How You Can Make a Difference

As a person of influence in our community, you and your organization play a key role.

Changing the health of an entire community can only occur through strategically focused, collaborative efforts. When you sign on with Partners for a Healthy Community, you will be the part of a movement to help increase the quality of life for everyone in Grand Forks County.

As a partner, you pledge to implement one policy change within your organization. You decide where you can make a difference. The changes you make, and their positive effects, will provide an enduring legacy that sets our community on a path to better health.

Take Action

Your organization can help to intentionally improve the environments where we live, learn, work and play, to make certain the healthy choice is the easy choice. Take the first step to making that change today.

To join this community-wide movement, please follow these easy steps.

  1. Complete the Wellness Policy Pre-Assessment
    Don’t worry if every answer is no! It gives us a starting point for us to evaluate improvement! Follow the link below to start!
  2. Select the policy you wish to implement and sign your Letter of Intent.
    Once you have completed the online Wellness Policy Assessment, you will be directed to select your policy and sign your Letter of Intent.
  3. Make healthy happen by implementing your policies.
    Resources and ideas on successful policy implementation can be found in our Policy Center. Please contact us for any questions or if you need more assistance.
  4. Share your successes with us.
    Changing the health of an entire community can only occur through strategically focused collaborative efforts. Your experiences will help others as the movement grows. Feel free to submit your success stories using the contact form here.