Health commissioner starts ‘horseshoe tour’ to talk about public health

Minnesota Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger will use his horseshoe tossing skills to make some points on public health.

Ehlinger will travel around the state to talk with local officials and community groups about preventive care and programs for people with disabilities.

Said Ehlinger:

“Pitching horseshoes is a fun and easy way for people to be physically active and engage in conversation at the same time. I want to hear what Minnesotans have to say about what their communities need to be healthy and I want to highlight the achievements of local public health.”

First stop: Rochester.

On Tuesday he’ll be at the city’s East Park Horseshoe Pits, 1738 E. Center St. looking for ringers from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Afterward, he’ll brief the media.

Other scheduled stops on the ringer tour are Buffalo on July 31, Albert Lea on Aug. 21 and Moorhead on Aug. 28.

Health officials say he’ll talk about “the importance of prevention in health reform, particularly the infrastructure needed to help people become active (like having horseshoe pits available), modification of health regulations, the impact of policy decisions on health, how to strengthen local health departments and health care reform — or anything else local officials want to mention.”

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Rod Loper on 07/10/2012 - 07:27 am.

    Good for him.

    This is not only good public health prac tice but good politics. He was on a list of Dayton appointees to be not confirmed by the republican senate. They aren’t happy with anybody who supports single payer. He is going over thier heads right in Mayo’s own back yard.

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