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Food for Thought for Diversity Wellness

Food and nutrition is important to all people. Access to nutrition is especially important to marginalized groups. This project educates people how good food can be made available. This project will promote and help identify affordable, good tasting, nutrient-rich foods" to difference cultural groups. Taking into account: (1) embracing cultural traditions (2) learn from each other (3) combine with other healthy living ideas.

Project Information

Collaborators, Project Phase & Type, Impacts, Related Projects

Collaborators 

Lead Organization: Diversity Council/Lotus Foundation

Contact: Al Lun ; Email: albert.lun@gmail.com ; Phone: TBD

Known/Likely Collaborators: Boys and Girls Club of Rochester ; Diversity Council ; Lotus Health Foundation ; OpenBeam ; Rochester Farmers Markets

Potential Collaborators: Channel One Regional Food Bank ; Community Food Response ; Engage Winona ; Healthy Food Alliance of SE MN ; IMAA ; Olmsted County Public Health Services ; People’s Food Co-op ; University of Minnesota Rochester ; Winona State Rochester


Related Projects

Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) ; Diversity Council Health Equity Plan ; Healthy Immigrant Families ; Healthy Living Rochester ; Improve health insurance coverage for minority groups in Southeast Minnesota ; Mayo Clinic Health Disparities Research ; Olmsted County Health Assessment and Planning Partnership (HAPP)


Impacts 

Major Impact: 

PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Chronic Illness, Diversity and Inclusion, Food, Health

Level 2:

DMC Impacts:

Health & Wellness

Community Health Impacts:

Diabetes, Obesity


Project Phase

Concept  Phase

Project Type

Planning, Programming  

 

Detailed Description

Food and nutrition is important to all people. Access to nutrition is especially important to marginalized groups. This project educates people how good food can be made available.

Food is the common denominator that binds various groups of people. Good food leads to good health ....

The following from: National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

"Many nutritional professionals believe that all Americans, regardless of income, have access to a nutritious diet of whole grains, lean meats, and fresh vegetables and fruit. In reality, food prices pose a significant barrier for many consumers who are trying to balance good nutrition with affordability. The Thrifty Food Plan (TFP), commonly cited as a model of a healthy low-cost diet, achieves cost goals by relaxing some nutrition constraints and by disregarding the usual eating habits of the American population. Diet optimization techniques, when sensitive to cost and social norms, can help identify affordable, good tasting, nutrient-rich foods that are part of the mainstream American diet."


 

This project will promote health and wellness programs such as: Club CHIP into diversity communities.


 

What is Club CHIP?

Chip is all about building a healthy lifestyle. This includes a lot of components including diet, exercise, and stress management, but Club CHIP aims to help sustain another important element: community.

A Community for Chippers

We found that one of the biggest highlights during the CHIP sessions was the sense of community-- it was place where people with the same interest and similar, at least relate-able, situations came together. Club CHIP is a monthly gathering where CHIP graduates have a chance to meet the participants from other sessions and share stories, opinions, recipes, and tips. It helps renew the excitement that is felt during the CHIP program itself.

 

 

Chip graduates from different sections had a chance to compare the experiences, joys and challenges alike, they encountered during their journeys to better living. Many participants "joked" that the best part was trying all the different dishes and exchanging recipes. And you know, that's another perfectly good reason to attend.

 

  

General reports on: Food for Thought for Diversity Wellness


September 07, 2017 Lotus Health Foundation & Diversity Council Hosting 1st Food for Thought Event in October

Lotus Health Foundation and Diversity Council is collaborating to build out a wellness program based on life style management and nutritional knowledge.  An October Food for Thought will be held to kick off the initiative. 

Read more


  

Key Beam Reports on:

Chronic Illness, Diversity and Inclusion, Food, Health  
July 02, 2022: Targeted Business Enterprise Utilization 2022 Communication

(A) 2Q2022: June, May, April message and report; (B): 1Q 2022 (1) TB report and message (2) An apprenticeship readiness program is now recruiting women, people of color and veterans for careers in the construction industry. (3) Bloomberg news

Read more ...
June 29, 2022: Vaccines Protect Our Families

Information Series Article 2: Vaccines Protect Our Families

Read more ...
June 24, 2022: Mobility Updates change proposals

May 2022; February 2022 and November 2021 Rapid Transit Updates and Upcoming milestones presented to DMCC. 

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June 03, 2022: Olmsted County Health Assessment and Planning Partnership (HAPP)

Residents can help Olmsted County identify top community health issues.

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May 09, 2022: Community Co-Design Toolkit

As a member of the Community for Health Steering Committee and piloting the use of co-designing in the Discovery Walk project, OpenBeam participated in developing the Community Co-Design Toolkit as a guide for other community projects to consider and adopt a co-design process to maximize inclusive engagement. 

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May 02, 2022: Project HEALINGS Covid-19 Information Series

Project HEALINGS information: What are vaccines? 

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April 28, 2022: United Way Funding Opportunities

(a) 2022 RFP  (b)  2020 RFP United Way of Olmsted County is seeking proposals: (1) programs that provide high quality childcare or early childhood education and (2) proposal to "build back better". 

Read more ...
April 21, 2022: Prosperity Initiative Information

(1) 2022-04-21 Info (2) 2018-07-011 Minority Business Conference hosted by SBDC, Diversity Council and Prosperity Initiative

Read more ...
April 11, 2022: RISE for Youth Application

(1) Call to be a RISE for youth mentor; (2) Need Students to Apply - RISE for Youth Program -March 1st Application Deadline

Read more ...

 

 

Last modified by support on 2021/09/05
Created by support on 2017/09/07

 

 

 

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Definitions
The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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