NEWSBRIEF: Washington County accepting nominations for 2018 public health achievement awards

Minnesota Municipal Power Agency recently installed a solar array at North High School as part of the Hometown Solar Grant program. submitted photo

The Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking nominations for the 2018 Public Health Achievement Awards through Feb. 1.

The awards will recognize and honor residents who devote their time, energy and talents to improve the public health or environmental conditions of individuals, families and communities in Washington County. These residents help families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and leaders better understand the value of public health and encourage the adoption of preventive habits that help promote health in many facets of life.

Public Health Achievement Awards are available in the following categories:

• Youth – individuals who are 18 years or younger at the time of nomination;

• Individual – individuals who are 19 years or older at the time of nomination;

• Group – an established group regardless of age, such as a community coalition, partnership, school or organization.

Winners of the 2018 Public Health Achievement Awards will be celebrated during National Public Health Week, which is observed April 2-8. National Public Health week is celebrated as part of an initiative to create the healthiest nation in one generation.

Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 1. For more information about selection criteria and how to submit a nomination, see

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