Better Living: Exercise & Nutrition Daily

BLEND(Better Living: Exercise & Nutrition Daily) is committed to improving the health of children in Central Minnesota by reducing the epidemic of childhood obesity. A coalition of medical professionals, parents and health care advocates work in four focus areas: physical activity, nutrition, medical community and advocacy.

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As a program of Feeling Good MN, BLEND strives to make a significant impact on childhood obesity in four focus areas: physical activity, nutrition, medical community and advocacy. BLEND will continue to advance its strategic priorities to support policy, environmental and system changes that are broad-based and sustainable.

“To see that obesity rates are not increasing, but rather decreasing as children age, is encouraging.”
– David Tilstra, MD, president of CentraCare Clinic

The Community Impact of BLEND

29%

Reduction in 12-year-old boys’ obesity rate.

6,600

Fewer children classified as obese.

$1,154

Cost of care for one child with obesity.

BLEND Initiatives

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Safe Routes to School

BLEND is helping schools and communities to establish safe routes to school to promote students walking, biking and rolling to school.

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5-2-1-0

BLEND is working to engage health care professionals in the prevention, assessment and treatment of overweight and obese children by promoting the 5-2-1-0 Wellness Program.

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NuVal®

A national scoring system that helps everyone make better-for-you food choices right at grocery store shelves.

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Walk-a-Thons

A healthy and active fundraiser that has students throughout Central Minnesota moving to improve health while supporting their schools.

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Fit Kids Series

For kids 12 years and younger, these series of events provide incentives to be active year-round.

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Earth Day Run

In celebration of Earth Day, once again this year two unique BLEND-sponsored events offer kids an opportunity to be healthy and have fun.

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