Live Wright Grants
During the first year of SHIP grants being available, Live Wright has made significant progress implementing evidence-based systems and environmental change strategiesthat improve nutrition and increase physical activity across communities, schools,worksites and health care settings. These efforts lay the groundwork for improvementsin the health of Minnesotans and reductions in health care costs. There has beennearly $300,000 invested in improving the health of our local communities and schools with local grantees donating over $62,000 to accompany their award!
Improving Community Nutrition
reaching up to25, 203 residents in the cities of Buffalo andMonticello. Highlights include implementing 4community garden projects to improvecommunity access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Buffalo Presbyterian Church: $4,300City of Buffalo, Gary Mattson Park: $5,975Opening Doors Garden Club: $36,000Monticello Resurrection Lutheran Church:$5,180
Improving School Nutrition
reaching at least 2, 160 students at three schools in twodistricts, Buffalo/Hanover/Montrose and Monticello. Highlights include increasingaccess to healthy foods for students through learning gardens, classroom gardensand Farm to School initiatives.
Discovery Elementary “Grow Lunch” Project: $3,000
Monticello Farm to School: $17,500Pinewood Learning Garden: $1,000
Increasing School Physical Activity
reaching 3, 867 students in all four schools withinthe Monticello school district. Highlights include providing bike racks to all fourschools in the Monticello School District to increase space available for students tostore bikes as an incentive to bike to school. In addition the Monticello Safe Routesto School project will increase opportunities for students to safely walk and bike toschool.
Monticello Safe Routes to School: $17,110
Be sure to buy and eat plenty of fresh or frozen fruits andvegetables. Fruits and vegetablesthat are deeply colored through-out
such as spinach, carrots,peaches and berries
tend to behigher in vitamins and mineralsthanothers, such as potatoes andcorn. When fresh foods aren'tavailable, choose frozen orcanned vegetables and fruits inwater without added sugars,saturated and trans fat, or salt.Buy more fruits and vegetablesthat are good sources of fiber,including beans, peas, oranges,bananas, strawberries andapples.Stock up on raw vegetables forsnacks such as carrot and celerysticks, broccoli, cherry tomatoesand cauliflower.For desserts, buy fresh or cannedfruits (in water without addedsugars), dried fruit (without addedsugars), and gelatin that containsfruit, instead of baked goods andsweets.
Don’t buy lots of fruit juice. Itdoesn’t provide the fiber wholefruit does and it’s not as good at
satisfying hunger.Some cholesterol-lowering medications may interact withgrapefruit, grapefruit juice,pomegranate and pomegranatejuice. Please talk to your healthcare provider about any potentialrisks.
Visit: http://www.heart.org/ for more info
Shopping for Fruits& Vegetables