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Get Fit Itasca

How do you get kids to eat their vegetable? Teach them to grow their vegetables!

It takes a village to run a community youth garden, and the garden at King Elementary School in Deer River is no exception. Get Fit Itasca pulls together the partners: The Boys and Girls Club of Deer River, Deer River School District, Itasca County Master Gardeners, many community volunteers, and Health & Nutrition Programs.

Health and Nutrition Programs has partnered with Get Fit Itasca for over three years to improve food literacy, physical activity, and healthy food access in Northeast Minnesota. SNAP-Ed Educator Jodi Nordlund teaches cooking and nutrition classes using produce from the garden. This summer, kids tried many vegetables for the first time, from kohlrabi and kale to radishes and red cabbage. One Boys and Girls Club member said she "hated vegetables." But after helping make a fresh salsa, she tried it and loved it.

Get Fit Itasca’s mission is to engage all people in the Itasca area to make healthy choices and take part in activities that improve their quality of life. Community youth gardens are just one strategy used achieve this mission. Git Fit Itasca also supports safe routes to school, non-motorized transport, and school wellness committees.

To connect with the Get Fit Itasca, visit the Get Fit Itasca website or like the Facebook page.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)

Helping Minnesotans with limited financial resources make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

Teaching limited resource families in the Twin Cities to eat smarter and move more.

Cooking Matters® Minnesota

Hands-on, cooking-based nutrition education programs that help low-income families prepare healthy meals.

I CAN Prevent Diabetes

This lifestyle change program provides tools for adults to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

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Promoting Healthy Eating at Food Shelves — This comprehensive guide has dozens of tips and resources for your local food shelf. (794 K PDF)

Minnesota Food and Nutrition Network Contact us to join this listserv and connect with other health- and nutrition-focused professionals.

Active Living and Healthy Eating on a Budget — Short video that shows healthy choices are possible even with a limited budget. English | español | Lus HmoobSoomaali

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Food Assistance ProgramsMinnesota Department of Human Services — Learn how to apply for food assistance and other food support.

Find Hunger and Food ResourcesHunger Solutions Minnesota — Find a food shelf, Meals on Wheels, Summer Food Service Program, food support office, or WIC program near you.

Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) ProgramMinnesota Department of Health — Supplemental food program for pregnant women, infants and children. Find an office near you: English | español | Lus Hmoob | Soomaali

Bridge to Benefits Minnesota — Children's Defense Fund — Learn about support programs and tax credits; see if you are eligible. English | español

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