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Active Elementary School Students Have Healthy Weight, Do Better in School: Four Regional Elementary Schools Participate in Active Schools Minnesota Evaluation

December 13, 2017 Comments Off on Active Elementary School Students Have Healthy Weight, Do Better in School: Four Regional Elementary Schools Participate in Active Schools Minnesota Evaluation

Minnesota elementary school students who met national recommendations for aerobic fitness are more likely to have a healthy weight and have better academic outcomes than students who didn’t meet those recommendations. That’s according to a study of 14 elementary schools in central and northern Minnesota who are involved with the Active Schools Minnesota initiative, which assists students in reaching the national... Continue Reading

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The Future of Food, Health, and the Economy: What Can We Bring to the Table?

December 13, 2017 Comments Off on The Future of Food, Health, and the Economy: What Can We Bring to the Table?

By Heidi Klingelhofer, Aitkin County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership intern When consumers, producers, distributors, and purchasers come together, it is amazing the things that can be accomplished. On Friday, December 1st, 2017 nearly sixty people from Northeastern Minnesota came together at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron to discuss a common goal: increasing access to locally-sourced foods. Among the attendees... Continue Reading

When Bigger Isn’t Better

November 22, 2017 Comments Off on When Bigger Isn’t Better

When norms change, we change. That has certainly been the case regarding food and portion sizes. In Dr. Wendy Scinta’s blog The History of Portion Sizes: How They’ve Changed Over Time. It’s hard to dispute the simplicity of her point: the new norms around portion sizes of our favorite foods is hurting us. See the graphic below to understand how much... Continue Reading

Coming Dec. 1: What can we bring to the table?

November 15, 2017 Comments Off on Coming Dec. 1: What can we bring to the table?

Are you passionate about local food? Are you a farmer, a distributor, a purchaser, or even just someone who eats? If so, you’re invited to the Northeastern Minnesota Food Charter in Action event, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron. Join others to talk about all things food. The focus is how... Continue Reading

Amanda Casady Advocates for Youth

November 15, 2017 Comments Off on Amanda Casady Advocates for Youth

Meet Amanda! Amanda Casady, with the American Lung Association in Duluth, is one of Healthy Northland’s Statewide Health Improvement Partnership Coordinators. One big part of her job is improving people’s health through tobacco policy change. In other words, preventing our youth from exposure to and access to the harmful effects of tobacco and other chemicals. Healthy Northland asked her about... Continue Reading

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Small Changes Make Big Differences in Itasca County Work Sites

October 30, 2017 Comments Off on Small Changes Make Big Differences in Itasca County Work Sites

by Kaitlin Box Businesses all over Itasca County are embracing worksite wellness. Over 17 businesses, with more asking every month, have participated or are currently in a worksite wellness collaborative. Whether they are an alumni or just starting out, everyone has been able to create new wellness opportunities within the workplace. One of those places is Essentia Health Deer River.... Continue Reading

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Students at McGregor School District Dig Their Farmers!

October 17, 2017 Comments Off on Students at McGregor School District Dig Their Farmers!

This month, students at McGregor School District will be eating squash grown by Gilby’s Nursery & Orchard in Palisade, MN. If you or your school aren’t sure what to do with  squash, you can stop wondering now! Learn everything you need to know from this Squash-Harvest of The Month Family Newsletter  provided by Aitkin County SHIP and partners. You’ll find... Continue Reading

Use Your EBT Card at Participating Farmers Markets

August 4, 2017 Comments Off on Use Your EBT Card at Participating Farmers Markets

Everyone is welcome to shop or just look around at farmers markets in the Northland.  A farmers market is where farmers can sell their products or produce to customers directly. It’s a great place to find healthy, local, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Many also sell meats, preserves, syrup, cheeses, baked goods, plants and more. Shopping at a farmers market... Continue Reading

6 Tips for Visiting a Farmers’ Market

June 28, 2017 Comments Off on 6 Tips for Visiting a Farmers’ Market

When you walk into a grocery store, you usually know what to do. You get a cart or basket and, depending on what you need, head that direction. Fresh foods are usually on the perimeter of the store. Packaged items are in isles, in the middle of the store. But when entering a farmers’ market there can be different rules... Continue Reading