Healthy Eating 

Our goal is to create a healthier food environment by increasing access to affordable, appealing, healthy food and beverage options. We encourage diets that are lower in sodium, saturated fats and added sugars. Diet has a major role to play in preventing chronic disease, and the overall food environment is a critical factor in promoting dietary behavior changes.

Partnership Opportunities for Healthy Eating in Communities:
•    Farmers Markets – increase access to and availability of farmers markets
•    Community-based Gardens – increase access to community gardens, focusing on community members who have limited or no access to land for gardening
•    Emergency Food Systems/Programs – increase availability of healthier foods provided through emergency food programs including food shelves, on-site meal programs, mobile food shelves, subsidized housing buildings, and Fare for All sites.
•    Food Retail – increase the availability and sale of healthier options in convenience stores, gas stations, community vending machines, menus in non-chain restaurants, cafeterias and catering
•    Food Policy Councils – establish or strengthen food policy councils to align resources to increase access to healthy food for all within a community
•    Comprehensive Plans – work with stakeholders to include healthy food access as a component of local governments’ overall planning

Learn more about how to apply for mini-grant funding to support your next healthy eating initiative.

healthy eating PARTNER STORIES

Goodhue Farmers Market. 2019

The Goodhue Farmers Market applied for a startup grant to help establish a brand new farmers market in the city of Goodhue. With funding from Live Well Goodhue County, the city of Goodhue & surrounding areas have been able to enjoy a very successful farmers market this summer. This grant allowed us to purchase many items that are needed at a market.

We were able to draw in many customers by running the Power of Produce (PoP) program for kids at our market. This program is a large expense for farmers markets, but the payoffs are huge. This year, we signed up 193 kids for the PoP program and 446 tokens were given to vendors as payment for produce! Being able to run the PoP program was a huge asset to our market.

The farmers market became a community destination. "The Goodhue Farmers Market is a great place to meet a friend or have supper with family, purchase some healthy foods and some lovingly handmade items,” said one customer. “It has a small town feel with a wide variety of items to meet everyone’s needs." The farmers market manager stated, "We at the Goodhue Farmers Market are very appreciative of the monies awarded to us through this grant. Our market wouldn’t be nearly the success it was without the funding. Thank you so much!"

The Artist Sanctuary, 2019

Heidi Bacon, the Executive Director, explains, "The funds we received from Live Well Goodhue County were used for our community garden and allowed us to incorporate blueberry bushes, apple trees, and more vegetables into the garden.  All of the produce was either donated to the Red Wing Food Shelf or to those in need in our community.  Many of my neighbors were able to have fresh produce from the garden.  Interest generated from the Farmer’s Market brought volunteers and nutritionists to our garden to volunteer with future plans to give nutrition classes at The Artist Sanctuary. Thank you so much for investing in our garden. The Artist Sanctuary is grateful for your support and helping us achieve our goals."


Live Well Goodhue County is supported by the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, Minnesota Department of Health

Gina Johnson, Coordinator
Goodhue County Health & Human Services, Public Health Division
426 West Avenue, Red Wing, MN 55066

Sarah Dawson, Public Health Educator
Goodhue County Health & Human Services, Public Health Division
426 West Avenue, Red Wing, MN 55066