Healthy eating contributes to good health
Healthy eating is key to decreasing chronic, nutrition-related diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes that affect our most marginalized populations. According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, a healthy eating plan includes:
- A variety of vegetables: dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy, and other vegetables
- Fruits, especially whole fruits
- Grains, at least half of which are whole grains
- Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and fortified soy beverages
- A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), soy products, nuts and seeds
- Oils, including those from plants (canola, corn, olive, peanut, safflower, soybean, and sunflower) and oils that are naturally present in
foods (nuts, seeds, seafood, olives, and avocados)
The Healthy Living Initiative team partners with worksites, schools, childcare settings, clinics to provide food access to our most vulnerable communities.
Increasing healthy food options at licensed grocery stores, including corner stores, gas stations, dollar stores, and pharmacies, to sell a certain amount of basic food items including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, eggs, and low-fat dairy.
This campaign is a partnership between the Health Department and community organizations to educate the public about the health impacts of sugary drinks, create healthier beverage environments by improving the availability of healthier options, and encourage people and places to rethink their drink choices and choose healthier beverages over sugary drinks.
- Public housing healthy eating engagement
Engaging with residents and Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) leaders/partners in defining new healthy eating goals, objectives, and activities that will inform future work.
- Healthy Vending in Parks
Worked with Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) to to provide healthier foods and beverages in parks.
- EBT at Farmers Markets
Worked to allow thirteen farmers markets in Minneapolis to accept EBT and offer a Market Bucks coupon to help low-income residents purchase more healthy, fresh food at affordable prices.
We teamed up with corner store owners in Minneapolis to improve access to fresh produce and healthier foods such as low-fat dairy and whole grains. Store owners learned important skills for buying and handling produce, and colorful signs helped customers choose healthier food options.
- Healthy Food Shelves
Formed the Minneapolis Healthy Food Shelf Network, a collective of more than a dozen food shelves, food banks, and other hunger relief organizations, committed to increasing the amount of healthy food options available for individuals and families in need.
- Healthy Restaurant program
Designed to assist independently owned restaurants in creating and promoting healthy meal options that are nutritious, tasty, satisfying, and at a good value
- Healthy Meals Coalition
Formed the Minneapolis Healthy Meals Coalition designed to support local emergency meal programs' staff and volunteers in their efforts to increase healthy food options and ensure that whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, and other nutritious foods are regularly served to clients.
- Community Gardens
Giving residents the opportunity to grow their own fruits and vegetables and working with the Minneapolis Highrise Representative Council and other landlords to allow gardening on Minneapolis Public Housing Authority land and rental property.