2014 grants awarded

Grants were awarded to 55 organizations and groups of neighbors to support activities that promote social connections and increase healthy behaviors, healthy eating and physical activity.

A total of 205 applications were received from central Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The 2014 recipients of the Neighborhood Health Connection Grants were:


Grant Recipient


Annandale Annandale Youth First, Inc. Movin' It Mondays and More, weekly physical fitness and nutrition activities.
Buffalo Tatanka Elementary School Tatanka Family Fitness Nights, physical activity nights.
Buffalo Buffalo Hanover Montrose Community Education Healthy 100 Club...Your Passport to Better Health, mobile food truck brings healthy food and education to churches, community meals and low-income housing.
Cambridge Neighborhood Group Neighborhood fitness and healthy eating activities.
Cambridge Cambridge-Isanti High School Angel Garden, a Cambridge Isanti School-Community Garden.
Cambridge Isanti County Community garden to promote healthy eating and teach different ways to prepare vegetables.
Cambridge The Refuge Network Families working together to increase healthy eating habits and physical exercise.
Chaska Chaska Community Center Walktober 2014 is a walking program for the community.
Chaska Chaska Community Center Six week session of Tai Chi offered to adults.
Cologne Launch Ministry Strengthening community through healthy meals and access to exercise facilities for homeless and disadvantaged youth and young adults.
Columbia Heights First Lutheran Church A program that offers healthy activities and teaches kids and families to prepare and serve healthy meals.
Coon Rapids Emma B Howe Family YMCA Eat, Move, & Live Well, a program connecting people and improving health amongst community members over the age of 60.
Dayton G.A.D. Women's Workout Group G.A.D. women's workout group builds healthy lifestyles through exercise activities and sharing healthy eating tips.
Ellsworth Ellsworth Senior Center A walking club for seniors.
Ellsworth Pierce County Public Health Staff walking and strength training club.
Faribault Strong Women in Intercultural Motion (SWIM) Monthly swimming events for young women and children.
Fridley Bridgeview Community Support Program Bridgeview Balance, a weekly healthy living program.
Hudson Willow River Organization for Wildlife Learning Happy Outdoors Program, a program to teach kayaking to beginners.
Hudson Westside Elementary Play, Pack and Snack, physical activities for all seasons and healthy, affordable family meals.
Inver Grove Heights City of Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation Walk With Ease, a walking program designed for those with arthritis or other physical limitations that make walking a challenge.
Isanti Advanced Telemetry Systems Inc A 14-week physical activity and educational series to improve the health of employees and families.
Litchfield Ecumen of Litchfield Every Step Counts, a walking program to encourage exercise.
Maple Grove Maple Grove Lutheran Church Maple Grove Lutheran Church Community Garden provides an opportunity for people of all ages to plan, prepare, plant, weed and harvest a garden for a local food shelf.
Minneapolis Saint Mary's Health Clinics “Comadres en Salud / Friends in Health” Program, includes a weekly Zumba class and a multi-session, hands-on cooking-based nutrition course.
Minneapolis SENA – Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Association Hiawatha Family Ski Days, family cross-country ski activities.
Minneapolis Project Sweetie Pie Improving health through the installation of food forests that have community garden and exercise spaces.
Moorhead Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Healthy meals and education for seniors.
New Brighton Opportunity Neighborhood Healthy Community Dinners: Building Social Connections while Improving Health, a program where families eat healthy meals and learn about healthy nutrition.
New Ulm New Ulm Community Buckthorn Project Physical activity by cleaning up community spaces.
New Ulm Brown County Brown County yoga fitness and fun.
New Ulm New Ulm Park & Recreation Yoga & pickleball in the park.
New Ulm Kids Connection Biking and community gardening for families.
New Ulm Community And Seniors Together Food science and healthy eating classes for seniors.
North Branch Ecumen North Branch Trike and Roll, a program using older-adult tricycles to promote healthy and active lifestyles.
North Branch Chisago County Senior Center North Branch  MN Diabetes self-management program.
Northfield Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Growing Up Healthy Farmer to Family Program provides local produce to low-income families and cooking and nutrition lessons.
Northfield Northfield Community Services Adventure Mania  Outdoor Pursuits Adventure Racing program encourages physically activity and social connectedness.
Northfield HealthFinders Collaborative, Inc. Pura Vida Healthy Lifestyles provides access to and education about physical activity.
Owatonna Steele County Immigrant Resource Center Somali Women's Exercise Club: 31 weekly professionally facilitated exercise classes for Somali seniors ages 50 and older.
Owatonna Owatonna SeniorPlace On the Move is a six-part program consisting of trail walking, geo-caching, yoga, dance, and healthy cooking and education classes.
Richfield The Church of the Assumption/La Mision Assumption Healthy Living Club includes gardening, break-dancing and hands-on nutritious cooking.
River Falls Neighborhood Group Healthy eating and education to help those with Celiac disease manage their diet.
River Falls Comforts Of Home Wellness program for seniors.
River Falls City of River Falls Parks and Recreation Department Six classes of family pickleball or water aerobics for seniors.
River Falls Neighborhood Group Family yoga classes.
River Falls Sajan, Inc. Sajan Living Well program helps participants monitor and track physical activity through an online community.
River Falls Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern WI: St. Croix Valley Branch Physical activity and healthy eating.
Rockford Rockford Area Historical Society Community Gaddin', Gather ‘n Garden will allow for weekly, multi-generational activities including gardening and traditional outside games.
St. Michael St. Michael Albertville Elementary School Group exercise classes for elementary school staff.
St. Paul CommonBond Communities Grow and harvest a community garden and provide education on the nutritional value of vegetables.
St. Paul The Presidents Council of PHA Hi-Rises Healthy Living Activities including activities and education on healthy eating, chair yoga, Tai Chi, community gardening, community supported walking programs and bike maintenance classes.
St. Paul Union Park District Council Everyday Wellness, using natural elements of the park for light yoga and exercise.
Shakopee Esperanza (New Creation Lutheran Church) Esperanza Latina Soccer League for adult women in the Hispanic community.
Shakopee Scott County Anchor Center Community Support Program Creating a Culture of Health & Wellness While Living with Adversity, this program provides ongoing opportunities for regular physical activities and learning about healthy food.
Shakopee St. Gertrude's Health & Rehabilitation Center Staying Fit for Life is a series of six educational workshops focusing on healthy body, mind and spirit.