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SHIP helps boost learning in two elementary schools: This is a two-part video series highlighting the ways Oak Grove and Westwood Elementary Schools are working with SHIP to improve student health and academic success.

    • In part one, Oak Grove Principal Yu discusses the importance of adding classroom physical activity.
    • In part two, Westwood Principal Hartwigsen discusses the impact of children’s learning experiences with food.

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Buds are “Blooming”
Food has an amazing way of connecting people together and in 2012 Blooming Glen Townhomes in Bloomington, a complex that serves families in transition, and Episcopal Community Services partnered together to create a community garden for residents and help increase the interaction between families.

The garden, now led by Michele Sadowski, started out with nine portable beds for a handful of residents. However, only two years later, the partners built two larger raised beds with twenty families participating and a waiting list of those wanting in on the delicious veggies!...more Buds are "Blooming" (PDF: 549KB/1 page)

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Community Leadership Team

  • Bloomington

    Colleen Brickle, Normandale Community College
    Nathan Rust, VEAP
    Dr. Chuck Sawyer, Northwestern Health Sciences University
    Jim Urie, Bloomington Center for the Arts
    Dinna Wade-Ardley, Bloomington Public Schools
    Karen Zeleznak, Bloomington Public Health
    Donna Zimmerman, HealthPartners

  • Edina

    Kristin Aarsvold, Edina Park & Recreation Department
    Katherine Bass, do.town/Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Valerie Burke, Edina Public Schools
    Sherry Engelman, Edina Community Health

  • Richfield

    Betsy Osborn, Richfield Community Health
    Jeff Pearson, Richfield Public Works/Traffic
    Rosa Rubio, Richfield Public Schools
    Michael Schwartz, Richfield Public Schools
    Jim Topitzhofer, Richfield Recreation Services
    Jennifer Turrentine, Richfield Advisory Board of Health


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Updated Wednesday, 16-Jul-2014 15:38:33 CDT