Healthy Eating & Active Living in Communities

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Healthy Community Foods

Too many Minnesotans cannot find fresh fruits and vegetables near their homes, or what they can find is limited and expensive. Partners in Healthy Living (PiHL) works with our communities to increase access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables through farmers markets, community-based agriculture, emergency food systems/programs, food policy councils, comprehensive plans, and food retail (restaurants/catering/cafeteria, vending or concessions, grocery, mobile food retail, corner store and other food retail).

More opportunities for active living helps lead families to a healthier lifestyle

More opportunities for active living helps lead families to a healthier lifestyle

Active Living

Increasing dependence on cars, televisions, computers and other similar conveniences make physical activity less a part of our daily lives.  Lack of physical activity, combined with a poor diet, is the second leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States and a huge economic burden on the state.

There are three areas of Active Living: master and comprehensive plans, land use zoning and regulations, and increased access to facilities and opportunities for walking and bicycling.  PiHL participates in the development and roll out of the Statewide Pedestrian System Plan.

PiHL and Sherburne Strong have been collaborating with the City of Princeton to ensure that access to healthy, affordable foods and access to safe walking and bike trails are part of its comprehensive plan.

PHiL is proud to partner with:

farm market cafe

Farm Market Cafe, LLC has been a partner working on SHIP initiatives since 2014.

  • Through a grant from Partners in Healthy Living, Farm Market Café is providing trainings for the general public on food preservation and partnering with the University of Minnesota Extension’s SNAP-Ed program on classes about Eating Well In-Season. These classes began on November 18 and continue throughout 2015. These classes increase access and consumption of healthy foods.

Family Pathways Food Shelf – Pine City has been a partner working on SHIP initiatives since 2016.

  • In 2017, it will be placing signage regarding healthy foods.
  • In 2017, it will be expanding its garden.
FirstLight Health System

FirstLight Health System has been a partner working SHIP initiatives since 2016.

  • In 2016, FirstLight Health System installed bicycle racks and signs at their Pine City and Hinckley sites.
  • In 2017, it added a hydration station at its Hinckley site.
  • In 2017, a breastfeeding station was added to its Mora site.

In 2018, the Sandstone Food Shelf will begin planning for safe food handling, promotion of healthy food options, expansion of fresh food storage, and procurement policies.  

In 2018, the City of Isle began work on a comprehensive plan.

Isanti County has been a partner working on SHIP initiatives since 2013.

  • Isanti County is currently developing a Trail and Master Plan.