Nutrition: Building healthier communities
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.
- Healthy changes lead small district to big honors
- Healthy eating options expand for students at Dodge Center school
Farm to School is key strategy for healthy eating in schools. By connecting farmers with schools to provide fresh, local foods, everyone wins. Related 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.
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.
- Farmers markets: Growers, one and all at the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market
- Food shelves: Mobile food shelf becomes creative way to help those in need
- Supporting growers: PartnerSHIP 4 Health helps local farms grow (PDF)
- Power of Produce: Monticello market 'PoPs' into healthy plan for kids
Read about the Statewide Health Improvement Program and how it is working to make the healthy choice the easy choice for Minnesotans.