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Partnering for Better Health in Saint Paul

By Evalyn Carbrey, Regional Coordinator -- SNAP-Ed

This summer, University of Minnesota Extension Health and Nutrition staff members are partnering with resident councils and staff at a Saint Paul public housing site, Dunedin Terrace, to assemble an advisory board to build leadership within the community and begin a dialogue about how the University can work with residents to increase their access to healthy foods and improve their health overall.

Dunedin Terrace is a Saint Paul Public Housing Agency development that includes both a "hi-rise" apartment building and 22 two-story fourplex townhome buildings. The hi-rise is home to a predominately senior population, while the townhomes include mostly families with young children.

The community advisory board that the Dunedin Terrace resident councils and staff are convening in collaboration with Extension will identify ways to increase access to healthy foods and discuss other ways to promote health in the community. The board will also conduct a community audit to look at barriers to healthy food access.

Some ideas the board is already discussing to increase healthy food access include adjusting vending machine offerings; building raised-bed gardens so that people with limited mobility can more easily participate in gardening; improving or providing transportation to grocery stores and farmers markets; and asking the Twin Cities Mobile Market to come to the site.

A Former Metro Transit bus that has been outfitted with equipment designed to stock and store fresh foods.
Photo: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.

Dunedin Terrace is one of three sites in Minnesota included in the Extension Health and Nutrition “Pilot Projects” initiative, launched this spring. To learn more about the Pilot Projects, read Health and Nutrition Pilot Projects Ready for Takeoff in Three Minnesota Communities.

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