The city has awarded $177,000 in grants to organizations promoting healthier living. One of the nine grant recipients is the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy [IATP], “to boost the use of farmers markets by low-income, diverse populations in Phillips by increasing the diversity of vendors and promoting the Farmers Market Nutrition Program.”
In addition to Whittier’s IATP, other community organizations receiving year-long Steps to a Healthier Minneapolis grants include:
African Community Service, to promote exercise and healthy eating via Somali radio and television and offer fitness sessions and nutrition classes for Somali families in South Minneapolis;
East Side Neighborhood Services, to integrate nutrition education and physical activity into existing services, promote healthy eating and offer walking clubs in the neighborhood;
Lao Advancement Organization of America, to partner with the Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota in its efforts to provide weekly exercise classes in Hmong and Lao, weekly Family Exercise events and monthly Walking Expeditions in north Minneapolis;
Minnesota FoodShare, to develop a series of nutrition and healthy eating education opportunities for the food shelf clients of NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center and the broader community;
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, to partner with the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Institute for Health and Healing LiveWell Fitness Center to offer Adult and Family Fitness Days and nutrition and weight management programs to youth and families in the Phillips community;
Pillsbury United Communities Oak Park Center, to develop Families in Motion–a series of physical activity and nutrition opportunities for families in Near North;
Resources for Child Caring, to increase children’s access to healthy food by enhancing the participation of non-English speaking home day-care providers in the USDA food program;
YWCA of Minneapolis, to offer bi-weekly walking groups to participants in the Native American Youth and Families Program and the Latino Youth Program.
IATP is also hosting the "Lessons from NAFTA" conference Oct. 22-23 on the North American Free Trade Agreement. The conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center will feature experts on farming, labor and environmental issues discussing the trade agreement.