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Five Faribault nonprofits receive Neighborhood Health Connection™ grants from Allina Health

FARIBAULT, Minn. 4/19/2018  Seventy-one community nonprofits and local government organizations are the newest recipients of Neighborhood Health Connection grants from Allina Health and five of those will benefit the community of Faribault. The grants support on-going activities that promote social connections through healthy eating and physical activity among adults and families in local communities. 

The 71 selected programs were chosen through a competitive application process that was open to community nonprofits and local government organizations who wanted to start or strengthen a program. 

Locally, the community of Faribault has five grantees:
Faribault’s Future/Faribault Chamber of Commerce: Participants will learn the importance of pollinators and how they affect our food sources through a community pollinator garden at the Faribault Public Library. They’ll also learn how to create their own pollinator garden at home.
Growing Up Healthy: Latino community members will participate in a cooking/wellness club that will take place at Faribault Community School. Participants will learn how to cook healthy meals while maintaining their culinary heritage, and reclaim their roots through first-hand experience in vegetable production.
Rice County Friendship House: Adults with mental illness will participate in hands-on gardening and cooking classes. They’ll take home groceries to be able to prepare the recipes at home. 
Ruth’s House of Hope: Residents will participate in healthy cooking classes, mindfulness and meditation sessions, plus swimming and activities at River Bend Nature Center.
Somali Community Resettlement Services: A holistic approach to wellness, addressing mind, body and spirit, will be taught to area Somali immigrants through weekly small group sessions. The sessions consist of circle time, education and learning, cooking, and goal setting.

“The organizations and groups receiving this award are all working towards a stronger, healthier and more connected community,” says Natalie Ginter-Secraw, director, Community Engagement & Development for Allina Health’s South Region. “We’re proud to be a partner in their efforts which are inclusive of Faribault’s diverse community.”

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.