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Shop Local: BLEND Loves Farmers Markets

What is a farmers market and why is it such a buzzword? The simple answer is that a farmers market is a gathering which brings farmers and local people together. Economically speaking, you might describe it as a direct purchasing model in which the consumer pays the producer directly rather than going through third party, such…

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Get Active Through Hiking!

Have you been searching for an exercise that strengthens not only your body, but your mind? Are you interested in low-impact exercise that has a high impact of health? Hiking may be your answer. Hiking is a form of walking in varied terrain. Depending on the location and the trail maintenance, hiking can be along…

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Join BLEND for a United Way Food Drive!

As the school year closes, most students are thrilled for summer vacation. But some students dread the days because for those who rely on school lunches, summer is synonymous with hunger. To address this issue, the United Way of Central MN is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a Day of Action. As part of the…

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Julia’s Story

Julia Karls, who is now 15 years old, participated in the first BLEND Fit Kids Series in 2010, and would absolutely encourage young children to join! “The Fit Kids Series is a great way to stay active and also have fun,” she said. Her dad, Wes, added, “The prizes based on how many events you…

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Long Prairie – Grey Eagle Schools & BLEND

In just under two years, BLEND – along with many community partners and the newly established Long Prairie Wellness Network – has seen tremendous success building and sustaining a culture of health that has empowered the Long Prairie community to place wellness as a top priority. In a recent blog titled “BLEND is in Long Prairie” we highlighted a couple of the successful initiatives…

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BLEND is in Long Prairie!

U of M Extension SNAP-ED Community Partnership Funding which helped bring people to the table and develop strategies to impact community health. Community Supported Agriculture This last summer, we piloted a Share Health Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Twenty-five participants were chosen based on a food insecurity screening. Each week, participants not only picked up their…

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Fare for All

This past month, some of our BLEND staff had the pleasure of volunteering with Fare for All. This non-profit organization, sponsored by the Twin Cities-based The Food Group, seeks to make quality food affordable to everyone. They accomplish this task by purchasing real food (fruits, veggies, and meats) at bulk discount rates and assembling packs of food for…

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Farm-to-Home

It Doesn’t Only Happen in the Kitchen As we celebrate Farm-to-School (F2S) month, I’d like to point out how cool it is that F2S is not just something the kitchen does. A school that commits to the values also promotes agriculture in the classroom. Some schools decide to start gardens, with the produce going directly back…

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CentraCare Recognized Nationally for Childhood Obesity Efforts

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today recognized the greater St. Cloud region in its release of an updated collection of stories and reports from a growing number of states, cities and counties that have measured declines in their childhood obesity rates. In the St. Cloud region, the obesity rate fell from 17 percent in 2008…

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[Guest Blog] Eating Healthy While Dining Out

This is a guest blog by Ally Turnquist.  Ally is a pediatric Registered Dietitian with CentraCare Health. New to her position and the St. Cloud area, she enjoys working with children and families while sharing her passion and knowledge of food and nutrition. Ally grew up in a small rural town located in Central Minnesota…

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