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Aug. 29, 2019

Health Education Summit set for Oct. 24

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Registration is now open 

Registration is now open for the 2019 Health Education Summit, sponsored by the Minnesota Society for Public Health Education (MN SOPHE). The event is set for Thursday, Oct. 24, at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. 

This year’s theme is “Arts, Health & Wellbeing: A Creative Approach to Public Health Education.”

To learn more and to register, visit the MN SOPHE web page.

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute announces grant opportunity

Program to fund innovative community-university partnerships

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute invites letters of interest and proposals for the Community-University Partnership Grant Program, which seeks to fund innovative community-university partnerships related to food, nutrition and health.

Projects should include participatory action research or other creative strategies for addressing community-identified problems by bringing together academic and community partners. Proposals should produce information that will enable a community to improve its overall health. To that end, funding may be used for traditional research projects or community-based programs that are rigorously evaluated.

To learn more, visit the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute web page.


Webinar: Farm to School Round-up 

Date: Sept. 17
Time: 2 p.m.

The Farm to School movement in Minnesota is growing, and there are new opportunities to get involved. Learn about all of the resources that can help guide you with implementing Farm to School locally and about new grant funding opportunities.

The webinar will also provide details on all the fun events happening around Minnesota in October, which is Farm to School Month.

This session is part of the Minnesota Department of Education’s Tuesdays @ 2 School Nutrition webinar series.

To register, visit Farm to School Round-Up.

This week's Gem

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Carver County eliminates park entrance fees

Carver County Commissioners approved a plan to eliminate entrance fees to its regional parks, effective Dec. 1.

“While this action obviously has a budgetary impact, removing this barrier and offering access to everyone increases the health and wellness benefits to our entire community,” County Board Chair Randy Maluchnik said. “Our regional parks are truly one of the best assets we have, and to open them to everyone without financial barriers is a true win for our county.”

The discussion about park entrance fee elimination has been ongoing since 2018, generated by discussion around the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The comments requested the county do away with entrance fees similar to other area regional parks. Additionally, the Park Commission, Parks and Recreation staff and Carver County Public Health staff are aware of research that identified park entrance fees as a probable barrier to equitable access to park facilities that encourage health and wellness.

“I want to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to the Commissioners for making it easier for us to be healthier by eliminating park fees,” said Richard Scott, Deputy Director for Health Services. “The research is clear that increasing access to parks and trails promotes both physical and mental health. It also eliminates the financial barrier so everyone can the beauty and benefit of our parks and trails.”