Healthy Food Access Tools
Getting started with food access work? You've come to the right place!
- Identify areas of need. Visit our Regional Food Access Profile page.
- Change the food environment in food shelves. Browse and download our guide to Promoting Healthy Eating at Food Shelves.
- Address health disparities and improve healthy food access. Take a look at our training opportunities, programs, and workshops below.
- Find resources to support local food systems in rural communities. Visit the Community and Local Food Resources website.
Increasing Physical Activity and Improving Nutrition
We offer training for classroom teachers and school foodservice professionals. We also offer educational and cooking-based programs for audiences of all ages.
Training for professionals — We offer training on integrating physical activity into the classroom, improving school menus, and starting school gardens.
Classroom Energizers — A two-hour training equips K-5 and middle school teachers to use this evidence-based intervention that integrates physical activity with academic concepts.
Training for School Foodservice Professionals — Two sessions cover the new guidelines for fruits and vegetables and how to serve them, and strategies for decreasing sodium.
Direct education — Our Regional Educators and Cooking Matters® Minnesota team are available to deliver programming tailored to your community's needs.
I CAN Prevent Diabetes — This 12-month lifestyle change program is designed for people at risk for type 2 diabetes and delivered by trained Lifestyle Coaches.
SNAP-Ed and EFNEP — Our SNAP-Ed Educators and Community Nutrition Educators provide classes, information, and presentations on healthy eating and active living, designed for low-income audiences.
Cooking Matters® Minnesota — These courses empower families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make healthy, delicious and affordable meals.
Growing Leaders and Engaging Communities
Engaging citizens in decisions — Civic Engagement Cohorts help you plan how to foster partnerships and work toward a common goal.
Leadership — Our Approach — Leadership Cohorts work on leadership competencies, build solid connections among future leaders from diverse communities, and give community members the confidence to step up.
Workshop Series — Each series is tailored to address local initiative goals. Workshop series can take place face-to-face and on-line, and include topics such as "How to Support Emerging Leaders" or "Strengthen Civic Engagement and Planning Processes."
Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships — The Partnerships address community-identified healthy food access issues and support projects that strengthen local food systems.
Growing Your Local Foods Economy
Economic Impact Analysis — Using applied research strategies, community economics educators examine existing and potential markets for local foods. The resulting report will help local food producers make informed business decisions and seize market opportunities.
e-Marketing — These workshops bring food producers throughout an area together to learn about the potential of e-Marketing and to consider the possibilities for their local economy.
Foodshed Calculator — This calculator estimates demand and needed supply for a range of products that are commonly marketed directly to consumers in Minnesota.
For more detail and fee structure on any of the program offerings, please contact Healthy Food Access staff.