Nutrition: Building healthier communities one fork at a time
We need communities that support our healthy choices. We all need access to fresh fruits and vegetables. We need healthy choices in our workplaces and communities. Our children deserve to be offered healthy choices in school.
What's going on in Minnesota communities:
Healthy eating in schools including breakfast promotion, improved lunch and healthy snacks including classroom celebrations and incentives, fundraising, concessions and vending.
Farm to School is key strategy for healthy eating in schools. By connecting farmers with schools to provide fresh, local foods, everyone wins. Some efforts include school-based agriculture to educate children and supplement food offerings.
Healthy food environments in workplaces means providing or improving access to healthy foods in cafeteria and in catering, as well as establishing workplace policies and programs that promote and support breastfeeding for working mothers.
- Read about what Rice County is doing: Achieving Wellness in the Work Place (PDF)
Healthy food environments in communities strategies work to improve access to nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables by increasing availability and affordability in grocery and corner stores, concession facilities and other food vendors; require calorie or nutrition labeling on menus; facilitate the development of new farmers markets and promote their use; and facilitate the development of new community-based agriculture and other small scale food production strategies.
- Community-based agriculture: What can a garden mean to a community? Project Sweetie Pie in North Minneapolis shows us.
- Farmers Markets: "Growers, one and all" at the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market
- Food shelves: Bringing Healthy Food to Those Who Need it Most (PDF)
- Supporting Growers: PartnerSHIP 4 Health helps local farms grow (PDF)
Read about the Statewide Health Improvement Program and how it is working to make the healthy choice the easy choice for Minnesotans.