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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

About the project

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

Concept Phase


Impacts

PlanScape Impacts :

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

Level 2:

DMC Impacts:

Health & Wellness

Community Health Impacts:

Obesity, Diabetes


Collaborators

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

Lead Organization: Diversity Council/Lotus Foundation

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

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 ; Health Assessment and Planning ; Healthy Immigrant Families ; Healthy Living Rochester ; Improve health insurance coverage for minority groups in Southeast Minnesota ; Mayo Clinic Health Disparities Research

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.

Project Status/News

September 07, 2017 openBEAM.net: 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. 

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Related PlanScape Status

Chronic Illness, Diversity and Inclusion, Food, Health  

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Created by support on 2017/09/07

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