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Healthy Living Rochester

What is Healthy Living Rochester? Healthy Living Rochester is a program aimed at improving the heart health of people who live in Olmsted County, Minnesota Who is involved in Healthy Living Rochester? In 1999 an initiative was launched as Cardiovision 2020. From that beginning group of people, from varied backgrounds, have continued to carry out the activities initially laid out. A growing number of community partners have joined in the initiative and are helping to carry forward efforts to help make our community healthier. Thousands of people in our community have participated in healthy living activities since the program launched.

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Project Information

About the project

Project Phase (Pre-concept, Concept, Plan, Develop, Available, Archive)

Available Phase


PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Aging, Food

Level 2: Chronic Illness

DMC Impacts:

Health & Wellness

Community Health Impacts:


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Lead Organization: TBD

Known/Likely Collaborators:

Potential Collaborators:

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Detailed Description


Staff Profiles

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Meet the people from Healthy Living Rochester who help promote healthy living in our region.

Dr. Randy Thomas

Dr. Randy Thomas
Preventive Cardiologist/Internist, Mayo Clinic
Time spent in Olmsted County (or SE MN): 15 years
Years in health/fitness fields: 22 years
Favorite healthy foods/recipes: Grilled salmon and asparagus
Favorite healthy activity: Biking to work (weather permitting)
Hobbies: Piano, guitar, sports and family time
Healthy rule to live by: Eat less, walk more, and sleep more!
Something unusual about me: My wife and I have been blessed with 6 amazing children.

Mitzi Baker

Mitzi Baker
AICP, Senior Planner
Project Manager and Coordinator for Active Living Rochester
Time spent in Olmsted County (or SE MN): 17 years
Years in health/fitness fields: 17 years as an adjunct planner
Favorite healthy foods/recipes: I need to find one.
Favorite healthy activity: Nature walks
Hobbies: Nature hikes, birding and fly fishing
Healthy rule to live by: Primarily eat low on the food chain and consume foods that are sustainably raised.
Something unusual about me:

Martha Manghan

Martha Manghan
Adult Nurse Practitioner in Cardiology, Mayo Clinic
Time spent in Olmsted County (or SE MN): 34+ years
Years in health/fitness fields: Most of my life
Favorite healthy foods/recipes: Broccoli salad
Favorite healthy activity: Walking in new places
Hobbies: Cats, knitting, gardening, cooking and traveling
Healthy rule to live by: Take a nap if you have a chance!
Something unusual about me: I flunked nap time in kindergarten.

Peggy Menzel

Peggy Menzel
Registered Dietitian
Time spentin Olmsted County (or SE MN): 25 years
Years in health/fitness fields: 25 years
Favorite healthy foods/recipes: Black bean/brown rice enchiladas
Favorite healthy activity: Running
Hobbies: Cooking, gardening, reading, knitting
Healthy rule to live by: To practice what one preaches!
Something unusual about me: I will be running my 8th marathon this Fall.

Francisco Lopez-Jimenez

Francisco Lopez-Jimenez
Staff cardiologist, Associate Professor of Medicine
Time spent in Olmsted County (or SE MN): 9 years
Years in health/fitness fields: 25 years
Favorite health foods/recipes: The many salads my wife prepares
Favorite healthy activity: Biking
Hobbies: Camping, biking, DJ-ing, gardening
Healthy rule to live by: Stay calm and carry on!
Something unusual about me: I told my English teacher in High School (in Mexico) that I did not understand why I needed to learn a foreign language, if I would never use it in my life.

Linde Sifuentes
Linde Sifuentes
Wellness Coordinator for Mayo Clinic
Time spent in Olmsted County: 8 years
Years in health/fitness fields: 10 years
Favorite healthy foods/recipes: Italian Turkey Meatloaf
Favorite healthy activity: Running
Hobbies: Watching football on Sundays
Healthy rule to live by: The world meets nobody halfway; if you want it you gotta take it!
Something unusual about me: I am from Montana, so I don't do any snow activities.


Steve DeBoer
Steve DeBoer
Clinical Dietitian, Mayo Medical Center
Time spent in Olmsted County: 24 years
Years in health/fitness fields: 33 years
Favorite healthy foods/recipes: Any salad with fresh fruit; Ranch Tofu dip with veggies
Favorite healthy activity: Daily long distance running
Hobbies: Genealogy
Healthy rule to live by: "Those who think they have not time for EXERCISE will sooner or later have to find time for ILLNESS" ~Edward Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby
Something unusual about me:  I have been running every day since July 20, 1970, which is the 5th longest running streak in the country and longest East of the Rockies.

Barb Sorenson
Barb Sorenson
Communications Consultant at Mayo Clinic
Time spent in Olmsted County (or SE MN): I moved here as a very young toddler.
Years in health/fitness fields: 14 years
Favorite healthy foods/recipes: Salads with crab
Favorite healthy activity: Walking and play Wii Fit
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, cross stitch and hardanger
Healthy rule to live by: Look for the positives in life. That's why I like this quote from Dr. Seuss: "You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so...get on your way!"
Something unusual about me: I enjoy the world of social media and learning about and using new technologies.



Project Status/News


Related PlanScape Status

Aging, Food  

June 04, 2020: A message from the Y to honor George Floyd's Memory

OpenBeam is sharing the message from the Y's management team. A time to reflect.

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April 06, 2020: Southeastern Minnesota Area on Aging Resource List

A  searchable listing of services from across the state: Home-delivered meals, Grocery and pharmacy deliveries, Care Coordination and home care. 

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April 02, 2020: Resilient Option - finding strength and connection

Living with angry brains The next few weeks will challenge your emotional and social skills.

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April 02, 2020: Minnesota’s health plans to waive costs for treatment of COVID-19

Governor Walz today announced that Minnesota’s health plans have agreed to waive costs for treatment of COVID-19. This move comes in response to a March 13 letter from the Governor and State Commissioners of Health and Commerce urging Minnesota health plans to remove barriers to coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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March 31, 2020: Community Service Officers and Cub Foods Partnership

March 31, 2020 – Rochester, Minnesota – The Rochester Police Department’s Community Service Officers (CSO) and Cub Foods have developed a unique partnership to help the at-risk and elderly residents of Rochester.

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March 27, 2020: Family Service Rochester implements COVID-19 Grocery Shopping Service

Family Service Rochester implements COVID-19 Grocery Shopping Service

Olmsted County residents who are homebound and unable to shop for groceries can contact Family Service Rochester for help. FSR will match requests with a volunteer to assist with shopping.
Requests can be submitted online at or by calling 507-218-3267 between 9 am – 3 pm. All volunteers have background checks and COVID-19 screening for health and
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March 27, 2020: Governor Tim Walz Press Conference Summary

Governor Tim Walz today joined leaders from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Department of Employment and Economic Development, Department of Education, and the State Emergency Operations Center to answer questions from the press on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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February 04, 2020: 2016-2020 Housing Framework Status

2020-02-04 PB Reporting: Process improvement needed. 


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January 30, 2020: Creating a 21st Century Community Space

 Community Mobilization Resource Coalition formed to drive 21st Century Community Space. 

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January 24, 2020: America’s Community for Health Meeting News

 Meeting material from Jan. meeting:

Macro and micro expected outcomes of the project. 

First pass at co-designer list -- Convening Co-designers

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January 15, 2020: AARP Age Friendly Community

Olmsted County joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.


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November 23, 2019: Minnesota Housing awards funding for two affordable housing projects in Rochester

The two local projects selected are Century Heights, a 76-unit project from Rochester-based Joseph Development, and Mayowood Apartments, a 30-unit development from Center City Housing Corporation.

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