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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 Impact(s): Aging, Food

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PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Aging, Food

Level 2: Chronic Illness

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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.



Other Community News and Reports having impacts on:

Aging, Food  
May 01, 2024: Community Outreach Public Relations
Austin KSMQ R-Town Program Interview Segment about CMRC

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April 22, 2024: Credible Mind and Collective Impact
Introducing Credible Mind to support CHNA collaboration. 

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March 07, 2024: City of Rochester Housing Actions

Feb 26 City Council Study Session Housing Portion: Economic Development Incentives for Housing

Video Clip

Presentation Slides

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October 10, 2023: Food, health and culture intersections: Community-Led, Health Equity Structural Intervention Initiative
1. NIH Announcing Awardees  2. Video Clip from CMRC August Meeting; 3. Scoring results from NIH;  4. Interim Status to  CMRC and grant supporters.

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August 22, 2023: DEED: Digital Opportunity Plan
Presentation Slides; Instructions to submit comments, Draft Digital Opportunity Plan; Public Comment Sessions--Family Service Rochester will be hosting one of the public comment sessions 

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July 15, 2023: Developing Age-Friendly Olmsted County (AFOC) Plan
1. July 2023 Updates; 2. Feb. 2023 Updates; 3. April 2022 AFOC Action Plan Draft

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March 11, 2023: Preserving community area resources knowledge
Rochester Area Resource List sourced from Diversity Council and link to Beam search engine.

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January 27, 2023: Community Health Assessment Process
2021 - 2023 CHIP Priorities and Status; 2024 - 2026 CHIP Priorities

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January 24, 2023: Community-Led, Health Equity Structural Intervention Initiative (OT2)
Rochester-area conversations to explain NIH ComPASS program submission and solicit letters of support from area CBOs. 

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January 19, 2023: Housing Alliance Coalition BIPOC Co-designing
Housing Alliance Coalition BIPOC Homeownership Co-designing Co-designing report

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December 25, 2022: Collection of documents

Documents include Process Improvements; Planning Process, Memberships

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December 15, 2022: Minnesota Department of Health Eliminating Health Disparities

1. Request for Proposals for Grants with Community-based Organizations, Tribes and Diverse Media Vendors for COVID-19 Communications, Engagement, and Outreach; 2. Seeking Paid Volunteers to Participate in 2022 Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI) Grant Review Process

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October 25, 2022: Promoting cultural events and projects
Three community markets that could fit into the Community Hall concept: 2022 Winter Market (Golden Market Space) & Summer Night Market, Shared Kitchen

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October 10, 2022: 21st Community Space Concept Refinement
(1) Concept flyer of 21st Century Intercultural Space expressed as a Community Hall. (2) Community spaces examples from other communities. 

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