Faribault, Martin and Watonwan Counties


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LANA and IMIL: Healthy Habits for Life
In 2012, Carol Goeden, a family home daycare provider in Wells, Minnesota, wasn’t sure what she was getting herself into when she signed up for a free physical activity training provided by Cottonwood, Jackson, Faribault, Martin and Watonwan SHIP. The training encouraged daycare providers and other early childhood educators to adopt policies and practices that support healthy eating and physical activity among children...more LANA and IMIL: Healthy Habits for Life (PDF 360KB/1pg)

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"SHIP has brought so much to our school and our community, everything from healthier foods at our school, places for people to walk and bike safely and professional development opportunities for our teachers and staff and as a result, we are seeing so much change in our students and staff!." --Sharon Hoyt, former school nurse, Blue Earth Area Schools



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Community Leadership Team

  • David Christianson, Watonwan County Human Services
  • Andrea Konakowitz, Latino Outreach/ Interpreter – Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic, Tony Downs Foods, Public Health
    Candace Fenske, Madelia Community Hospital and Clinic
  • Carmen Reckard, Human Services of Faribault & Martin Counties
  • Dar Holmseth, Community Education Director Blue Earth Area Schools
  • DeeAnn Gieseke, Watonwan County Family Services Collaboration
  • Joe Burns, Retired educator, member of Early Risers Kiwanis Group & Martin County Park and Rec Board
  • Joe McCabe, City of St. James
  • John Huisman, Retired Educator, currently serving as City Councilman for Blue Earth
  • Josh Pearson, Region 9 Community Development Commission- Transportation
  • John Roper, Faribault County Commissioner
  • Karen Altenburg, Watonwan County Human Services Board
  • Kelly Kunkel, U of M Extension
  • Laura Kramer, Martin County West Schools
  • Lisa Hunwardsen, 3M Fairmont/ Mayo Health Systems
  • Roni Dauer, Fairmont Community Education & Recreation – Senior Voices
  • Ronda Allis, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Steve Pierce, Martin County Commissioner
  • Stacey Van Gelderen, Minnesota State University, Mankato Nursing Program


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Updated Friday, 18-Jul-2014 16:37:30 CDT