Healthy Eating Minnesota

The goal of our Healthy Eating Minnesota initiative was to increase access to and availability of healthy foods.

We partnered with eight Minnesota organizations that could serve as models for this work. They included groups of various sizes, stages of readiness, geographic locations, and types of partnerships and issue areas that needed to be addressed.

Using proven and promising strategies, with an emphasis on policy, systems and environmental change approaches, the Center for Prevention, community organizations and their partners worked to improve Minnesota’s food environment during this five-year initiative.

Learn more about the funded organizations and the projects that made a difference in the health of Minnesotans.

Big Stone County

Big Stone County Local Foods Initiative and the Land Stewardship Project built connections among farmers, producers, residents and institutions to increase production of and access to healthy, local foods.

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Dakota County

Dakota County introduced Smart Choices, an award-winning, school-based movement designed to increase access to healthy foods and decrease access to unhealthy foods in multiple districts and schools.

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Farmers' Legal Action Group

Farmers' Legal Action Group (FLAG) raised the awareness of preserving farmland and helped create a new infrastructure to ensure farmers will have input in Scott County officials’ decisions.

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Hennepin County

Hennepin County was able to identify local needs and assets, then design a course of action to improve the quality, affordability and variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in low-income communities.

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Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

The IATP helped to catalyze expansion of Farm to School efforts, implemented urban “mini-markets” in low-access neighborhoods, created new supply systems to bring fresh produce to corner stores and piloted a successful Farm to Child Care initiative.

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NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center

NorthPoint Health and Wellness created Northside Fresh, a coalition of community organizations committed to increasing the consumption and access to healthy foods in North Minneapolis.

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Twin Cities Medical Society

The Twin Cities Obesity Prevention Coalition, formed by the Twin Cities Medical Society, educated and trained metro-based physicians to become local spokespeople, advocates and policy influencers about obesity and the power of healthy community resolutions.

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University of Minnesota-Morris

A long-term healthy foods access strategy was introduced by Morris Healthy Eating through the development of a strong community partnership. Institutional changes were made both on campus and in the surrounding community.

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  • Making Healthy Choices Possible for All Minnesotans

    The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota tackles the leading causes of preventable disease -- tobacco use, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating -- to increase health equity, transform communities and create a healthier state.