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Just Food Co-op is Making a Difference

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 5:04pm

Just Food Co-op, a community-owned natural foods market and deli, has received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for June. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

The Northfield business was nominated for the award because of its community outreach efforts. These include providing healthy snacks for youth in the school district’s summer PLUS program, and supporting the Multicultural Cooking Club run by the Growing Up Healthy coalition.

The club meets the first Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. It began as a way for members of the Latino community to socialize, but now the club strives to build cross-cultural relationships and is open to anyone in the community who’s interested in learning how to make Latin-inspired dishes and other ethnic cuisine.

Leah Eby, the coordinator of Growing Up Healthy, said Just Food has been an incredible cooperative partner.

“Food is a powerful tool for bringing people together, and they understand that better than anyone,” she said. “Their dedication to community outreach has enabled us to expand the reach of our own work, and together we have created opportunities for community building that have led to relationships that continue beyond the confines of cooking club.”

Pat Neily, Just Food’s general manager, said collaborating with other local organizations and providing education about healthy eating and sustainable living are important parts of the Co-op’s mission.

“We are fortunate that this community has great ideas and great programs that fit into our mission,” he said.

Stephanie Aman, the marketing and member services manager, said Just Food is always looking for ways to collaborate on initiatives related to youth, families and health. For more information, contact her at outreach@justfood.coop.

–written by Joy Riggs, freelance journalist

Top photo: Stephanie Aman, marketing and member services manager, and Pat Neily, general manager, display Just Food’s award amid the healthy produce available at the community-owned natural foods market. By Joy Riggs

Bottom photo: Participants of the Multicultural Cooking Club sample the results of an evening’s culinary lesson. Submitted by Growing Up Healthy

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The Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield News present the Making a Difference Award cooperatively. If you know an individual or group that you would like to nominate for this award, CLICK HERE for nomination guidelines and the easy-to-complete application or find HCI on Facebook.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by a review team of HCI board members and local youth.

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Northfield Healthy Community Initiative invites board nominations

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 2:34pm

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is currently accepting nominations for positions on the HCI Board of Directors.  HCI expects to have at least two open adult board positions and three board positions for high school students, beginning in September 2014.  HCI board members serve three-year terms.

Formed in 1992, HCI is a coalition run by a board of community leaders, youth, parents, and school representatives.  HCI’s mission is to “to foster a collaborative environment in Northfield that empowers youth, strengthens families, and builds community.” To achieve this, HCI does not operate or manage its own programs.  Instead, HCI works with community partners to foster collaboration and to support community-driven efforts that benefit Northfield youth and families.

The HCI Board meets from 7:30-9:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month.

For more information on the HCI Board or to nominate yourself or someone else for the board, please contact HCI at 664-3524 or info@northfieldhci.org.

To learn more about HCI, visit www.northfieldhci.org.

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Pregnancy Prevention Program Coordinator is Making a Difference

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 4:50pm

The coordinator of a pregnancy prevention program for Latino youth has received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for May. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Clarita Kell has been a resource and advocate for Latina and Latino students for more than 10 years through the Comadres and Compadres Pregnancy Prevention program. The program aims to help teens in grades 6-12 learn about themselves, and how their attitudes, beliefs and behaviors can influence their futures. It has been part of the HealthFinders Collaborative since 2010.

The students meet with Kell in weekly sessions to discuss difficult topics of growing up, including sexuality, sexual health and negotiating the future. Kell also created a peer-to-peer program that brings the high school students and middle school students together in “Friends Teaching Friends” classes.

In nominating Kell for the award, Susan Sanderson, the middle school TORCH coordinator, and Laura Turek, HealthFinders evaluation and outreach coordinator, wrote: “One of the most important aspects of her role is how she reaches out to connect with the parents. This is proven to be one of the most effective ways to enhance health for youth, and she does it faithfully through emails, phone calls home and parent presentations at the end of each grade level session. Clarita is an amazing resource for the youth in Northfield.”

–written by Joy Riggs, freelance journalist

Pictured above: Clarita Kell, center, receives her award during a weekly session with members of the Comadres/Compadres program. Photo by Joy Riggs.

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The Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield News present the Making a Difference Award cooperatively. If you know an individual or group that you would like to nominate for this award, CLICK HERE for nomination guidelines and the easy-to-complete application or find HCI on Facebook.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by a review team of HCI board members and local youth.

Categories: Organizations

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