Join state, federal and tribal efforts to highlight our global commitment to health.
The MPCA and other Minnesota state agencies will join national and international health agencies, academic institutions, and health facilities to observe the first annual One Health Day today, November 3.
Recognizing that the health of humans, animals, and the environment are all interconnected, the goal of One Health initiatives is to work collaboratively across disciplines to improve the health of all.
What’s the plan?
Minnesota is a national leader in One Health’s commitment to antibiotic stewardship. This five-year effort is designed to combat antibiotic resistance by improving the way antibiotics are used in human and animal health, and to understand the impact of antibiotics on the environment.
Why is this so important?
Many of the threats to human health involve an animal and/or environmental source, including foodborne and waterborne diseases, deadly diseases like Ebola and anthrax, mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus, and tick-borne diseases like Lyme. Similarly, humans are capable of bringing diseases like influenza to animal populations, and we frequently contaminate our natural environment with pharmaceutical or other household and industrial wastes.
Improper disposal of prescription medications (such as flushing them down the toilet) can ultimately contaminate our drinking water supply and affect the fish and other wildlife dependent upon those water resources.
What are the benefits?
We count on healthy animals and agricultural land to provide us with nutritious food. Our physical and mental health is enhanced through interactions with pets and by exercising and relaxing in our natural surroundings.
What is the MPCA doing?
In addition to collaborating with other state, federal and tribal partners, the agency conducts surface and groundwater testing and partners with multiple governmental organizations, research institutions, nonprofits and citizen volunteers to help protect human health and the environment.
What can you do?
- Properly dispose of leftover household hazardous waste. Not sure how? Visit our Dispose of hazardous waste safely webpage.
- Ride a bike! Make a commitment to exercise today and every day. You’ll reduce air pollution, too!
- Eat healthy food and make sure your pet’s food is healthy, too.
- Dispose of chemicals and leftover medications as recommended so that they stay out of Minnesota’s lakes and streams. Visit our Managing unwanted medications webpage.