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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Partner to Get Fit

By Jodi Nordlund, SNAP-Ed Educator and Stephanie Heim, Associate Program Director — Health and Nutrition

How do you get kids to eat their vegetables? Teach them to grow their vegetables!
A bean teepee at King Elementary.

It takes a village to run a community youth garden, and the garden at King Elementary School in Deer River is no exception. Get Fit Itasca pulls together the partners: The Boys and Girls Club of Deer River, Deer River School District, Itasca County Master Gardeners, many community volunteers, and University of Minnesota Extension Health and Nutrition.

Health and Nutrition has partnered with Get Fit Itasca for over three years to improve food literacy, physical activity, and healthy food access in Northeast Minnesota. SNAP-Ed Educator Jodi Nordlund teaches cooking and nutrition classes using produce from the garden. This summer, kids tried many vegetables for the first time, from kohlrabi and kale to radishes and red cabbage. One Boys and Girls Club member said she "hated vegetables." But after helping make a fresh salsa, she tried it and loved it.

Get Fit Itasca’s mission is to engage all people in the Itasca area to make healthy choices and take part in activities that improve their quality of life. Community youth gardens are just one strategy used achieve this mission. Git Fit Itasca also supports safe routes to school, non-motorized transport, and school wellness committees.

To connect with the Get Fit Itasca, visit the the Get Fit Itasca Facebook page.

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