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2013 grants awarded

  • Grants were awarded to 73 organizations and local groups

    Grants were awarded to 73 organizations and groups of neighbors to support activities that promoted social connections and increased healthy behaviors, healthy eating and active living.

    A total of 243 applications were received from throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

    The 2013 grants ranged from $500 to $5,000.

    The 2013 recipients of the Neighborhood Health Connection Grants were:

    City Grant recipient Activity
    Annandale Annandale Youth First, Inc. Camp Eastview, a health and wellness outdoor summer program for youth living in the Eastview Mobile Home Park
    Anoka Zion Lutheran Church of Anoka Addition of a community raised beds and rain garden, preschool natural playground and butterfly perennials and an outdoor classroom
    Bloomington Christ the King Lutheran Community walking program, "Cooking Healthy for Less $" classes and yoga instruction
    Buffalo Buffalo Community Center Equipment to start a ping pong group for older adults
      Buffalo Covenant Church Sports camp and Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) "Mommy and Me" fitness program
      Central Minnesota Mental Health Clinic Community garden to promote healthy eating
      Early Childhood Family Education BHM Schools Healthy eating classes — learning how to prepare frozen family dinners and encouraging parents and young children to try healthy foods
      Fitness Evolution Health and wellness equipment and classes for seniors
    Cambridge Kids at the Beach and Outreach Healthy snacks and activities for more than 300 youth during the summer
      Cambridge-Isanti Early Childhood Programs Exercise classes and daycare for parents in early childhood classes and weekly yoga classes for teachers and staff
      Cambridge Christian School Peaceful Playground Program for play space used by pre-K-12 students
      Neighborhood Group Six-week PALA+ Challenge to promote physical activity and good nutrition, and "Today I Ate A Rainbow" kit for families
      GracePointe Crossing Installation of a like trail activity panel, including exercise stations designed for seniors
      The Refuge Network Healthy eating education and outdoor activities for women and children at the shelter
    Chaska Chaska Community Center WALKtober, a program designed to encourage daily walking during the month of October
      Five Stars Recovery Center Family memberships to the Chaska Community Center
    Cologne Launch Ministry Individual memberships to the Chaska Community Center for young adults participating in 2013 Launch Olympics
    Columbia Heights First Lutheran Church–Columbia Heights After-School Program Expansion of healthy cooking program
    Coon Rapids YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities Get Fit Club educating and empowering low-income older adults to take control of their health
      Anoka County Community Action Program–Head Start Health and wellness fair for all enrolled families
      Neighborhood Group Neighborhood walking group
      Neighborhood Group A partnership with the Children's Museum to support healthy living and physical activity for children and parents
      Peace Lutheran Church Summer Lunch at Peace program, providing free healthy bag lunches to children and adults
    Edina Volunteers of America Healthy eating and nutrition classes for seniors
    Elk River Neighborhood Group Purchase materials to promote gardening and healthy eating on a budget
    Ellsworth, Wisconsin Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Stability for Mobility, a Nordic walking program at Spring Valley and Ellsworth Senior Centers
    Elmwood Dome Ranch/National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Healthy social gatherings for National Alliance on Mental Illness members and families
    Faribault So How are the Children (SHAC) Neighborhood bike rodeos, providing bike and pedestrian safety instruction and activities to families
    Fridley Fridley Public Schools Community Education Get Fit Fridley Day, a health and wellness fair focusing on healthy eating and increasing active living
    Glenwood City West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, Inc. Extend Family Table nutrition and cooking program to Pierce County
    Hanover Neighborhood Group Health education and cooking classes at the St. Michael Senior Center
    Hastings Hastings Public Schools Community Education Family open gym program
    Howard Lake Independent School District 2687 Purchase supplies to support health-promotion activities for middle-school youth in Howard Lake
    Isanti Oxlip Evangelical Free Church Bone Builder's class for seniors, designed to reduce or prevent osteoporosis
      Advanced Telemetry Systems, Inc. Worksite wellness program
    Maple Lake Gardening World Wide Community gardening support and promotion for families, including a garden tour for neighbors to share their gardens with others
    Minneapolis Augustana Care Group fitness classes for residents of Augustana Apartments
      Neighborhood Group (Alliance Tenant Council) Cooking and exercise classes for tenants
      Center School, Inc. Outdoor exercise and exploration programs, and support the indigenous garden and running club
    Minnetonka ICA Food Shelf Gardening activities for Blake Road residents, including access to fresh produce and learning how to create nutritious meals; summer activities for youth; and, a pedometer fitness challenge
    Moorhead Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Senior Nutrition Program Educational programming during community meals for seniors, and "Abundant Aging: Neighbor to Neighbor," encouraging a cultural shift in the way we view aging
    New Ulm Oak Hills Living Center Expand the "Mission Possible" wellness program to staff by providing healthy living and eating activities
      Neighborhood Group (Oak Bluff) Neighborhood Night Out fitness activities
      Community and Seniors Together Whole Heart Gourmet Cooking course for students of Community and Seniors Together Learning Environment (C.A.S.T.L.E.)
      NU Chef's Pantry Sponsor an activity that brings local food offerings and community members together to prepare and enjoy culinary delights
      Putting Green EcoCenter Ecospeaks, an educational and conversational event open to the public/community gardeners; "Plant It Forward", a food-shelf garden run by volunteers
    North Branch Ecumen North Branch Purchase and label signs and posts for campus sidewalks and private drives to indicate how far a resident, family member or staff person has walked or biked
    Northfield Community Action Center Land rental for food shelf garden
      Three Links Raised garden beds for seniors
      Neighborhood Group (Firebellies) Life skills program, including healthy food preparation, for male teenagers from the Northfield Latino community
    • Firebellies teaches middle-school students the art and science of healthy cooking

      Northfield Senior Citizens, Inc. Brain Fitness Program, interactive and physical activities to keep the brain and body fit
      Friends of Way Park "Yoga in the Park," outdoor yoga classes available to the community
      HealthFinders Collaborative, Inc. Certified Zumba instructor training to encourage peer-based support structures in exercise, nutrition and wellness
      The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative Concussion education and prevention program for youth sports
    Owatonna Our Savior's Lutheran Church Basketball court and swing set for the community, especially those served by the South Eastern Minnesota Citizens Action Council (SEMCA) Head Start program, Tri-Valley Headstart program and Lily Sparrow Home
    River Falls, Wisconsin City of River Falls Parks and Recreation Outdoor walking club for seniors
      Leitch Insurance Agency, Inc. Employee wellness initiative
      Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls/Holistic Education Program Classes serving seniors, families with young children and those who are ready to create optimal health by addressing unhealthy views and habits surrounding food
      River Falls Community Education Preschool open gym and indoor walking program for seniors
      Minnesota Rubber & Plastics Fitbit walking challenge for employees
      Local Food Partnership Classes on food preservation, whole grain baking and low-salt butters
    Rockford Rockford Area Historical Society Event that brings together Rockford and Greenfield community residents for a healthy meal and fresh produce
      Crow River Food Co-op Healthy food for neighborhood cookouts and cooking instructor
    Shakopee Anchor Center Support clients diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illnesses participating in National Alliance on Mental Illness fundraising 5K walk and other programs that increase physical activity
      St. Gertrude's Health & Rehabilitation Center Staying Fit for Life, a three-part education series that focuses on eating well, preventing falls and promoting wellness for seniors living in three different environments
      Shakopee Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources Training for community participants in the Superhero Dash 3K adventure race
    St. Michael St. Michael Elementary School Geocaching activity for St. Michael Elementary students
    St. Paul Lift Kids Inc. Weekly yoga and wellness classes
      El Rio Recreation Center The Express Fitness Program
      Jewish Family Service of St. Paul You're Never Too Old to Play and eight-week series of yoga sessions
      The President's Council of PHA Hi-Rises Onsite healthy cooking and nutrition classes for families and adults at the McDonough and Mt. Airy family developments
      Urban Roots & East Side Prosperity Campaign Activities that promote healthy eating, including sharing a meal and gardening experiences with one another, learning how to prepare their harvest though cooking demonstrations and learning gardening techniques from a master gardener
    Waconia Neighborhood Group Neighborhood running club expansion for children entering 3rd through 8th grades