Food & Health

Food/Health related items - restaurants, gyms, events.


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 Come to the third free seminar, part of a Nutrition Program at the Northfield Public Library.  Learn about carbs on Thursday, March 13, at 7:00 p.m.  Learn how to identify what foods contain a healthful sugar balance with other nutrients.  We will review whole food nutrient values vs. processed food nutrientvalues.  The speaker will present tasty, healthful recipes that the family can enjoy.

This series is presented byNoel Aldrich.

Spring Forward! Sponsor your business or organization for HealthFinders Annual Spring Gala! Great Advertising for a Great Cause!

Spring Forward! Sponsor HealthFinders Annual Spring Gala

Spring Forward’ HealthFinders Annual Spring Gala with an after gala party of music by The Counterfactuals on Friday, April 25th  at the Grand Event Center in Northfield.

This year’s gala theme represents our mission of continuing to provide innovative, proactive health and wellness to those in our community with limited healthcare alternatives.

Our gala committee is working hard to create a unique event that celebrates our donors, collaborators, volunteers and supporters of HealthFinders. The evening includes silent and live auctions, an elegant sit down dinner for 200, and this year there will be an ‘After Gala’ party with music by the local band The Counterfactuals!

JOIN  US in becoming a sponsor of our gala, celebrating our successes and ‘Springing Forward’ to the future.  There are many benefits!! At either the Collaborator or Partner level, your business or logo:

Northfield is Added to Fare for All Express Food Network


Fare For All is a cooperative food purchasing program that has been in Minnesota for almost 25 years. The program is open to anyone who wants to stretch their food dollars. Because Fare For All is a bulk buying program, the more people who participate, the better. Northfield will be part of the Express food program and customers do not need to pre-order or pre-pay. The site is cash and carry (cash, EBT, credit card, debit card accepted, no checks).

Fare For All provides packages of fresh fruits and vegetables ($10), as well as quality frozen meat items ($11 or $25). This program will be available once per month from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Church of St. Dominic, 104 Linden Street N.  Dates in 2014 are:  March 6, April 10, May 1, June 5, July 10, August 7, September 4, October 2, October 30, December 4.

For more information: or 763.450.3880

Meet acclaimed author and organic farmer David ‘Mas’ Masumoto

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Carleton College will present an evening with acclaimed author and organic farmer David ‘Mas’ Masumoto, the C. Angus Wurtele Distinguished Visitor in Environmental Studies, on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Larson Meeting Room 236. Masumoto is an organic farmer in California, whose farming techniques have been employed by farmers across the nation. He is also an award-winning author and columnist for the Fresno Bee and the Sacramento Bee. In 2013 was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council on the Arts. Following Masumoto’s presentation, entitled “How A Peach Changed Everything,” he will sign copies of his books, which will be available for purchase at the event. This event is free and open to the public.

Nutrition Program: “A Child’s Healthful Start; Nutrition strategies for your children and their future”to be held on Thursday, February 13,

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Local nutritionist Noel Aldrich will present the second in a series of five nutrition program that are free and open to the public, on Thursday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m at the Northfield Public Library

Nutrition is the cornerstone for a child’s foundation I life.  Aldrich will review the basic nutrition principles that will strengthen your children and give them a strong start in life.  Resources will be recommended for continued personal learning.

Noel Aldrich is a Licensed Nutritionist with a PhD in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota.

Need More information about the YMCA? Hear what local health advocates have to say.

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Northfield hasn't had a YMCA since the late 1800s.  We're working to help community members better understand what a YMCA is and can be for our community. In a series of articles called “There’s a Y in Everyone”, this focus is on healthy living. Interviews with local professionals in the area of health and wellness for this article include: Gretchen Ehresmann, MD, Family Practice at Allina Health Clinic; John Noack, DDS, Professional Drive Dental, Northfield; Andrea Hoff, Physical Therapist at the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northfield; and Patrick Neily, General Manager of Just Food Co-op, Northfield.  

There’s a ‘Y’ in healthy living” ran in the Northfield News on Saturday, January 11; go here to read the brief column. The full article is below. 

EMT course begins February 18


Northfield Hospital & Clinics Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is offering Part Two of the Emergency Medical Technician Initial Training course this winter and spring.  Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians practical and written exams.

The course begins Tuesday, Feb. 18. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings and some Saturday afternoons throughout the late winter and spring at EMS base headquarters, 1600 Riverview Drive, Northfield.

MNsure Assistance Available for All at the Community Action Center


The Community Action Center (CAC) is now offering free appointments to anyone in Northfield who needs help securing MNsure health insurance. Beginning April 1, all Minnesotans are required to have health care coverage in order to avoid financial penalties. The CAC has three staff members and two additional volunteers who are trained MNsure Navigators available to answer questions and guide people through the enrollment process. Navigators will be available on Thursday afternoons by appointment from now until mid-March. Additional appointment times are available on a case-by-case basis.

Sr Center Offers Program on Depression

Help for depression

Have you worried that a close friend may be suffering from depression?  Would you like to be able to help, but aren’t sure how?  Or perhaps you experience ups and downs, and would like to know more about how to deal with those low, gray days, and become more resilient and less prone to depression.  This program will cover the signs of depression, and the ways you can help yourself or others you care about feel better.  

The Senior Center is offering a program on depression, for three consecutive Thursday mornings, starting on January 30 at 9:30.

HealthFinders ramps up services, outreach to patients in Rice County

Renae Blom HealthFinders Dental Director

HealthFinders Collaborative has high hopes for health care this year, having welcomed two additional staff members to the team to help patients access new services and connect with an underserved demographic.As part of the organization’s most recent initiative to provide dental care options for Rice County residents, HealthFinders has used new grant funding from Delta Dental to hire a hygienist who will serve as a coordinator for all dental care services. “I’ll be doing everything from getting basic supplies to quality control,” said Renae Blome, the new dental director. “I will be doing direct patient care, too. There are going to be a lot of patients. They’re already lining up.”

Northfield Area Climate Summit, Jan. 18


On January 18, 2014, Meteorologist Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker at the Northfield Area Climate Summit, a free community-led information and discussion forum for Northfield area residents, students, institutions, and business representatives. Find practical solutions to benefit our community through a Community Activity & Idea Fair on energy saving steps and resources for large and small local businesses. Breakout session topics include the science of climate change, business perspectives on climate and energy, and the impact of climate on local agriculture and more. The Summit will take place at Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College and is open to the public from 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. For the schedule of free events and registration, go to Join in the conversation at and on Twitter using hashtag #nfldclimate

Head Out The Door, Adventure Galore!

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Northfield Community Services has partnered with a number of Northfield organizations, businesses and community members to offer classes in outdoor adventure!  Classes for both the novice and experienced adventurer are available and range from one day classes to year round opportunities.  Take a sneak peek below or for more specific information, click on the appropriate link below.  Registration opens December 20th.

Link: Youth Outdoor Adventure

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Adventure Mania mixes learning and reading about an outdoor adventure with the exhilaration of engaging in the activity. After an hour in the books, we will take the adventure off the page and into real life experiences…

Northfield Retirement Community Awarded $10,000 Grant from ELCA Foundation

NORTHFIELD, MINN. (December 11, 2013) – The Northfield Retirement Community Foundation announced today that it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from The Lutheran Services for the Elderly Endowment at the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Foundation. The grant will fund the next phase of Meeting the Need – Launching and Mentoring Unexpected Caregiver Support Groups, a program that addresses the need among family caregivers for accessible and appropriate family support groups.

Assistance for MNsure Enrollment Available At Community Action Center


The Northfield Community Action Center announces there are three trained and certified specialists, called navigators (including a Spanish speaker), ready to assist anyone in the community who wants to apply for health care insurance through the Minnesota version of the affordable care act, MNsure.

Kathy Bjerke, CAC administrative director, is a trained navigator who can work with interested people to explore MNsure’s marketplace for health insurance. Bjerke says the doors are open at the CAC and that she and the other navigators are ready to assist anyone needing help. People who have been seeking direction and information about enrolling in MNsure are welcome to contact the CAC, 1651 Jefferson Parkway.

If you have questions, contact Sharon Vangsness at 507.664.3550 or

League of Women Voters Sponsors MNsure Informational Session


MNsure Community Outreach Liaison Jacob Grippen will join CAC Executive Director Jim Blaha and local insurance agent, Dale Ness in a discussion of the current status of the Minnesota version of the Affordable Care Act, MNsure, on Monday, November 25 at 7 p.m. at The Hideaway. The public is welcome to attend.

This event is a follow up to the forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters earlier this fall.  While there has been reporting on the state level about MNsure, this is an opportunity to learn about what programs are in place in the Northfield area to help people enroll in the health care program.  Insurance agents and brokers are trained play a role in assisting individuals, families and small businesses to enroll. Organizations, including non-profits, religious organizations and libraries may also be trained serve their populations to help individuals and families successfully enroll in the MNsure market place.

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