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Here’s a monthly roundup of regional media coverage on the work of Family Development staff and partners.

Crow Wing Energized grants help Garfield School adopt healthy initiatives for students
Brainerd Dispatch, August 1, 2017

Dave Baloga, a physical education teacher at Garfield Elementary School in Brainerd, teamed up with Carolyn McQueen, SNAP-Ed educator, to provide a healthy snack cart at the school. Baloga also has spearheaded efforts to set up fitness stations on the playground and create an active recess at the school.

For more about active recess at Garfield, read Re-Energizing Recess (December 17, 2015).

Local Harvest Market
Representative Collin C. Peterson’s newsletter, August 11, 2017

On a Thursday in August, Representative Collin C. Peterson’s staff visited the Local Harvest Market in Alexandria, formed by a group of west central Minnesota residents to build a bridge between local farms and consumers. The event was a joint effort of the Local Harvest Market, University of Minnesota Extension, and Minnesota Food Charter Network, funded through Extension’s Food Systems Issue Area Grant.

Fergus Falls library presents 'One Vegetable, One Community'
Fergus Falls Journal, August 12, 2017

SNAP-Ed Educator Jackie Larson led a Tomato Storytime and a demonstration on making tomato kabobs at the Fergus Falls Public Library in mid-August. The event was part of the One Vegetable, One Community initiative.

Food Shelf Coalition builds connections between food shelves
Pine and Lakes Echo Journal, August 15, 2017

Sparked by an idea from SNAP-Ed Educator Carolyn McQueen, six food shelves in Crow Wing County formed the Food Shelf Coalition three years ago. As part of the coalition, food shelf staff and volunteers get together regularly to share ideas, learn from each other, and cooperate on initiatives. Those initiatives include client-choice food shelves. After participating in one of Carolyn’s three-hour training sessions on client choice, the Salvation Army Food Shelf in Brainerd and the Lakes Area Food Shelf in Pequot Lakes switched to the client choice model.

For more on the Lakes Area Food Shelf, see Lakes Area Food Shelf Provides Choice Shopping (Lakeland Public Television, August 9, 2017).

A pitch for better health
Marshall Independent, August 17, 2017

Ed Ehlinger, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), met with members of the public in mid-August at Independence Park in Marshall. Among other topics, he discussed MDH efforts to close gaps in health equity across Minnesota, including disparities in investing in primary care in rural Minnesota. SNAP-Ed Educator Darlyce Rangaard attended the event and talked about the need for referral systems to help connect people with programs such as nutrition and diabetes education.

Local farmers markets accepting EBT, SNAP cards
Wadena Pioneer Journal, August 19, 2017

Marilyn Hofland, SNAP-Ed educator for East Ottertail and Wadena Counties, is trying to make good, healthy food easily available to everyone. One way she is accomplishing that goal is by getting the word out that participants in the SNAP program can use their EBT, SNAP cards to buy fresh produce at Wadena farmers markets. Over the past three years, Marilyn has seen an increase in people using Market Bucks, which allows SNAP participants to double their purchasing power at farmers markets.

Picturesque Cooking: Summer class at DL's Boys & Girls Club teaches gardening, cooking – and photography
Detroit Lakes Online, August 22, 2017

SNAP-Ed Educator Donna Anderson and Becker County 4-H Coordinator Leigh Nelson-Edwards added a new element to their farm-to-table nutrition class for the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes this summer — photography. The “Picturesque Cooking” classes incorporated basic photography skills with learning gardening and cooking fresh produce.

Initiative encourages healthy food access
The Bemidji Pioneer, August 27, 2017

Bemidji is focusing on beans as part of its participation in the “One Vegetable One Community” initiative. Efforts include highlighting beans on restaurant menus, in edible urban landscaping, in residential gardens, and in the minds of children by providing seed packets and information on growing, cooking, and preservation. “Beans were chosen,” according to Deb Dilley, SNAP-Ed educator, “because they are an easy veggie to grow, and many people like to eat beans. There are also many ways to prepare and preserve beans.”

Healthy Aging: Does anybody want grandma’s pie plate?
Medford Mail Tribune, August 27, 2017

Sharon Johnson, a retired Oregon State University associate professor, promotes Extension’s curriculum, Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?™ as a way to deal with “unwanted inheritance.” The curriculum includes structured exercises that lead participants through an examination of what’s “fair” and “valued” in the transfer of non-titled personal property.

Family Life: Back to-school advice for parents, teens
The (Champaign, IL) News-Gazette, August 29, 2017

Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker, University of Illinois Extension educator in family life, shares tips on helping children succeed in school. The tips are adapted from Extension’s School Success program.

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