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Snack Happy in Alexandria
Pears, peppers, and pineapple are climbing up the list of favorites at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Alexandria. Over the past year, St. Mary’s School staff has learned how to promote a healthy snack – and get kids to eat it.

Spurred by a grant from West Central Wellness SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Program), St. Mary’s School is now providing a healthy morning snack to all students. West Central Wellness SHIP is funded by Minnesota Department of Health and is an initiative to fight physical inactivity, poor nutrition and tobacco use...more Snack Happy in Alexandria (PDF: 440KB/1 page)

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  • Connie Bye, West Central Community Action
  • Jessica Rupert, PrimeWest Health
  • Barb Larson, Alexandria School District
  • Kara Elwood, Alexandria Area YMCA
  • Jessica Boyer, United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties
  • Jeannie Pederson, Pope Co Family Collaborative
  • Tammy Salonen, Midwest Wellness Initiatives
  • Teresa Jergenson, WASP Inc. Manufacturing
  • Deb Hengel, Grant County Child & Youth Council
  • Ranae Edwards, University of Minnesota Extension Grant County

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Updated Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 08:56AM