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Community Transformation for Healthy Food Access

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Purpose

In 2011, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) was awarded a Community Transformation (CT) grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Minnesota was awarded $3.6 million per year for five years. Activities attempt to decrease exposure to tobacco, increase physical activity and healthy eating, and improve health care preventative services to decrease chronic diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
 
MDH has engaged UM Extension to implement these strategies:
 
  1. Create a Healthy Food Charter that provides a vision for healthy food access in Minnesota. The charter will include institutional guidance providing direction for schools, worksites, hospitals, daycares and communities to improve access to healthy foods.
  2. Support a regional system of dynamic and viable food networks across the state to strengthen connections for collective impact.
  3. Increase access to healthy foods within various institutional sectors, such as schools, daycares or workplaces across the state.


Partners:
Minnesota Department of Health, local public health, hospitals, schools, nutrition educators, food industry representatives, restaurants, local officials, farmers and a variety of other community-based organizations and businesses

Partners

Minnesota Department of Health, local public health, hospitals, schools, nutrition educators, food industry representatives, restaurants, local officials, farmers and a variety of other community-based organizations and businesses

Activities

The strategies include:
  1. Creating a Healthy Food Charter that provides a vision for healthy food access in Minnesota. The charter will include institutional guidance providing direction for schools, worksites, hospitals, daycares and communities to improve access to healthy foods
  2. Supporting a regional system of dynamic and viable food networks across the state to strengthen connections for collective impact; one of the networks is the Healthy Food Alliance of SE MN
  3. Increasing access to healthy foods within various institutional sectors, such as schools, daycares, health care facilities and workplaces across the state
 
Six new Extension Educators for Community Food Systems have been hired statewide to focus on these efforts.
 

Outcomes

To be determined

Funding

A $550,000 MN Dept of Health contract with the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships is being augmented with funding support from U of M Extension for additional staff support

Leveraged resources

Minnesota Department of Health funding
Time and resources of partners listed above and members of regional food networks (Healthy Food Alliance of SE MN and others forming at present)
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