Live Well Goodhue County

Our Mission

To improve the health of our residents by making it easier to walk, bike, eat nutritious foods and live tobacco free


The SNAP Challenge – September 25th – 29th 

The SNAP Challenge encourages participants to experience what like is like for millions of low-income Americans.  Here in Goodhue County, the average SNAP benefit is $135 per person – amounting to just $4.40 per day!  By living on the average SNAP benefit, Challenge participants find themselves forced to make food shopping choices on a limited budget, and learn how difficult it is to avoid hunger, afford nutritious foods and stay healthy without adequate resources.

What is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, feeds millions of hungry families in America every month.  But with the rising cost of food and the economy struggling, these benefits are sometimes a family’s only access to food.  We hope this activity will educate more people on the increasing importance of SNAP benefits, energizing them to take long-term action.

Taking the SNAP Challenge  

Step 1 – Register

Step 2 – During the week of September 25th-29th eat on $4.40 per day.

Step 3 – Experience hunger for yourself.  Learn about the daily struggles faced by our hungry neighbors!

Step 4 – Engage others by sharing your experience.

Participant Guidelines

  • Each person should only spend $4.40 per day on food and drink.
  • All food purchased and eaten in this time must be counted in total spending – this includes dining out.
  • During this week, do not eat any food purchased prior to the start of the Challenge.
  • Whenever possible, avoid accepting free food from family, friends, and co-workers since these opportunities are not always available to those in need.
  • Eat as healthy as possible, keeping in mind that this is how many people eat every day, whereas you can make up for lost nutrients next week.


For more information contact David Anderson at 385-6148                                                                   or Maureen Nelson at 388-6309.

Mini-Grants Available

Live Well Goodhue County is now offering mini-grants, up to $2,500.00 per project, for local organizations that are interested in improving the health of our residents.  Mini-Grants are available to child care programs, schools, businesses, cities, faith communities and other organizations that are working with populations who are experiencing health disparities and inequities.  To apply, complete an application that reflects your sector and submit to David Anderson, Live Well Goodhue County Coordinator, 436 West Avenue, Red Wing, MN 55066 or email

Printable Mini-Grant Applications

Mini-Grants are divided into four strategy areas: Community, Schools, Workplace Wellness and Health Care, see description below.  Choose the application that best fits your program: 

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Good health starts where we live, work, learn and play.  Live Well Goodhue County, the local initiative of the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), partners with our communities to expand opportunities for active living, healthy eating and tobacco-free living.   

The strategies we are using come from the best researchers around country, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Robert Woods Jones Foundation.

  Community Strategies

  • Active Living – We are working on creating master walk/bike plans, updating municipals plans to include “complete streets” with sidewalks and crosswalks, increasing access to connected walking and bicycling networks, connecting and promoting trail systems and collaborating on project that improve walkability and bikeability. 
  • Healthy Eating – Too many of us cannot find fresh fruits and vegetables near our homes or what we can find is limited and expensive.  We are working to increase access and consumption of fruits and vegetables through farmers markets, community-based agriculture programs, at restaurants and concessions.
  • Child Care – We are working with child care providers to make sure the children they care for have the opportunity to be active and are introduced to healthy eating practices.

   Schools Strategies

  • Active School Days – Children are more focused and ready to learn when they have the opportunity to be active at appropriate times.  Safe Routes to School helps more kids walk and bicycle to school more often, increasing physical activity within the instructional setting through active classroom breaks, and helping them build a foundation for lifelong physical activity are some of the strategies we are partnering with our school on. 
  • Healthy School Food – By increasing the offerings of fresh fruits and vegetables through initiative like Farm to School and School-Based Agriculture children eat more fresh, local foods and learn about where their food comes from. 


Workplace Wellness Strategies

  • Comprehensive workplace wellness employs voluntary policies to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and promote smoking cessation among workers, improving employee health while reducing absenteeism and the health care cost incurred by employers. 

Health Care Strategies 

  • Live Well Goodhue County helps healthcare providers integrate overweight/obesity and commercial tobacco use prevention and reduction into their practice through assessment and referral.
  • Supporting breastfeeding is also critical to ensure the youngest among us grow up strong and healthy.

Community Leadership Team Members 

Live Well Goodhue County Community Leadership Team provides direction and support, creates connection, and advances the work that will support the improvement of the health of all our residents.  Our current members are:          

  •       Pam Horlitz, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing
  •       Michelle Leise, Live Healthy Red Wing
  •       Kanko Akakpovi, University of Minnesota Extension – SNAP-Ed Educator
  •       Mike Melstad, Red Wing Family YMCA
  •       Laura Prink, United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties
  •       Mike Redmond, Goodhue School District
  •       Dr. Elizabeth Cozine, Mayo Clinic Health System in Zumbrota
  •       Gene Leifeld, Zumbrota resident
  •       Kim Wojcik, Red Wing Areas Seniors, Inc. 
  •      Jennifer Woods, Dietitian on Wheels
  •      Elizabeth Scott, JackPine Consulting, Inc.
  •      Kirsten Ford, Focus Design
  •      Jessica Seide, Goodhue County Community Health Specialist
  •      Ruth Greenslade, Goodhue County Healthy Communities Supervisor

If you would like more information or to join our leadership team, please contact David Anderson

Statewide Health Improvement Partnership History

The Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Partnership was signed into law in 2008 and was an integral part of Minnesota’s health care reform legislation to improve health and decrease health care costs. The goal of SHIP is to help Minnesotans live longer, better, healthier lives by preventing the chronic disease risk factors of physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use and exposure.

From 2011 to 2013, SHIP funding was reduced by the legislature.  Goodhue County, along with 35 other counties, applied for but did not receive funding.

In 2013, SHIP funding was increased and all counties were encouraged to reapply.  Goodhue County applied for and received funds for an eight-month planning grant (November 2013-June 2014).  During this time, a new SHIP Coordinator was hired, a Community Leadership Team was formed, partners from the original SHIP grant were reconnected with and new partners were recruited.  Work plans were submitted and we received an implementation grant (July 2014-October 2015).  The Community Leadership Team recommended rebranding SHIP as “Live Well Goodhue County.”                  





Our Goal: Raise $5,000.00 and 5,000 pounds of nutritious food items.