The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota has announced the funding of a set of grants aimed at supporting and promoting healthy and safe eating in rural and urban communities.
The projects include:
- Developing on-farm safe food handling practices for immigrant farmers in the Twin Cities who grow and sell fresh produce and traditional crops at local farmers markets.
- Assessing and creating a plan for a Native American-owned grocery store and deli in Lake Andes, South Dakota, on the Yankton reservation.
- Creating an integrated Anishaabe curriculum at the intersections of culture, history, economics and health with native food practices, including gardening, farming and forestry.
- Addressing the obesity epidemic in communities of color by creating a sustainable intervention model that can be used by the North Minneapolis Kwanzaa Church community.
- A series of activities for fathers to help them be more involved in growing, preparing and shopping for healthy food with their children -- through visiting farmers markets and community gardens, planning menus and using safe food preparation techniques.
The MN AHEC Network is engaged in some of the communities and has existing partnerships with some of the project leaders, including Southside Community Health Services, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, University of Minnesota Morris, University of Minnesota Extension, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and the University of Minnesota Medical School.