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Enjoying Minnesota Berries


Summer in Minnesota would not be complete without enjoying delicious berries. Thumbnail image for eating berry.jpgMinnesota -grown strawberries are at their peak in June, but are often still available the first part of July. Blueberries and raspberries are at their peak in July. Because of the cool spring, many berries are a few weeks late this year.

In addition to tasting good, berries are good for you. Berries are naturally low in fat and sodium. That's great for your heart. Blueberries are high in phytonutrients that are good for your eyes and brain.

Keep berries fresh

Nothing is more frustrating to buy fresh berries and have them mold or go bad before you can enjoy them.

I CAN Prevent Diabetes!

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Dawson ICPD2 cropped.jpgCommunity Nutrition Educator Lynn Lokken helps folks in Dawson, MN make lifestyle changes. And she's not alone.

Four CNEs, trained as Lifestyle Coaches in the Individuals and Communities Acting Now to Prevent Diabetes© (I CAN Prevent Diabetes or ICPD) program, are teaching classes for people at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

These classes are part of the Western Minnesota ICPD pilot project that launched this February. ICPD's evidence-based curriculum helps participants improve food choices and increase physical activity.

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