Instilling healthy habits early
Focusing on children in grades K-5, the Healthy Ways program in Rice County will focus on instilling healthy habits that endure through middle and high school. The sites will host daily physical activity and weekly nutrition lessons for children, as well as an eight-week workshop teaching new recipes and tips for healthy eating.
“Healthy Harlem has made a positive impact on the community in Central Harlem,” Diego Bravo, the coordinator of Health Ways in Rice County, says. “They’re providing us with all the resources that we need to get it started and make this program work in our system and model.”
Local funding for Healthy Ways was provided by Allina, and by Rice County Public Health through a competitive “Moving Health Equity to Action” grant from the Minnesota Department of Health. The Rice County sites were introduced to Healthy Ways by StriveTogether, a longtime partner of Harlem Children’s Zone.
Rice County is only the beginning
Rice County is only the start of our Healthy Ways journey. Going forward, we hope to replicate the program in more communities like ours across the country.
“We’re proud to work with our partners at Northfield Promise to launch Healthy Ways in their community,” Price says. “Expanding on the foundation we built in Harlem, we believe there are many more opportunities to positively impact communities across the country.”