NEW ULM Can neighbors who do things together improve their own health and the health of their community? Five New Ulm organizations and businesses will have the opportunity to find out, thanks to a Healthy Activity Grant from Allina Health.
Seventy-three programs or activities were chosen throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin through a competitive application process. The grants support group activities that promote social connections and increase healthy behaviors.
The grant recipients chosen in New Ulm were:
Oak Hill Living Center expand the "Mission Possible" wellness program to staff by providing healthy living and eating activities.
Oak Bluff Neighborhood Group Neighborhood Night Out fitness activities.
Community and Seniors Together Whole Heart Gourmet Cooking course for students of Community and Seniors Together Learning Environment (C.A.S.T.L.E.).
NU Chef's Pantry Sponsor an activity that brings local food offerings and community members together to prepare and enjoy culinary delights.
Putting Green EcoCenter Ecospeaks, an educational and conversational event open to the public/community gardeners; "Plant it Forward," a food-shelf garden run by volunteers.
The grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000, are part of Neighborhood Health Connection, a community program developed by Allina Health that gives people the tools they need to create stronger connections with their neighbors, and offers fun, creative ways to make their communities healthier.
"This approach is based on more than 50 years of research that shows people with strong community connections and positive social support are healthier and happier," says Ellie Zuehlke, Director of Community Benefit & Engagement for Allina Health. "By offering unique tools, support and money to fund healthy neighborhood activities, we can make a difference in the health of our communities."