Congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 Healthy Activity Grants!
Grants were awarded to 73 organizations and groups of neighbors in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin to support activities that promote social connections and increase healthy behaviors, such as healthy eating and active living. View list of grant recipients.
Oak Hills Living Center
Oak Hills Living Center is a long-term care facility in New Ulm, offering a wide range of services to residents, including assisted living, skilled nursing care, and transitional care and therapy. Senior care facilities are known for having high employee turnover; Oak Hills looked for ways to change that trend by developing an employee engagement program called “Mission Possible.”
Scott County Human Services’ Sole Patrol
Scott County (Minn.) Human Services wanted to reach out to individuals living with severe mental illness to improve overall health and a sense of connectedness to others. They used a Healthy Activity Grant to support Sole Patrol, a walking club to attract those who may not otherwise choose to exercise or engage in physical activities. Scott Wineman, an adult mental health case manager for Scott County, shares how he and his team are using their grant.
Gardening World Wide
Gardening World Wide (GWW) works to bring fresh nutritious food to people by teaching them to grow their own. Founded by Pat and Connie Lahr of Maple Lake, Minn., this organization promotes Square Foot Gardening, a method of planting not in rows, but in a four-foot square raised garden with a special soil mix that promotes abundant harvests. Read more about this innovative program.
Leitch Insurance Agency
The owner of a River Falls, Wisc. insurance company knew that someone’s impression of how much exercise he or she gets can vary greatly from reality. So, Steve Leitch, Owner of Leitch Insurance Agency, decided to offer his employees a way to bridge that gap through an office-wide walking challenge. This is their story.
YMCA helps adults 60+ Eat, Move & Live Well
Eat, Move & Live Well is a program designed for adults age 60+ who desire to make lifestyle adjustments that will change their lives. In 13 small group sessions at the Emma B. Howe YMCA in Coon Rapids, Minn., participants dive into relevant topics and set goals to eat well, get active and live life to the fullest by making small changes to their daily routine. Derek Otto, Director of Healthy Living at Emma B. Howe talks about the program.
Firebellies teaches middle-school students the art and science of healthy cooking
Firebellies, in association with the Carleton College cooking club, uses cooking to teach science to Latino youth in the Northfield, Minn. area. Through hands-on cooking experiments, middle-school students learn scientific concepts and build meaningful relationships with Carleton College students. Read more about this tasty endeavor.
Neighbors work together to bring yoga to local park
Friends of Way Park in Northfield, Minn. is supported by a group of neighbors who care for and encourage activity in the park. They applied for a Healthy Activity Grant so they could offer a series of yoga classes in the park. Learn more.