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On this blog, we share regular updates about the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners partnership between Extension's Children, Youth & Family Consortium and Bruce Vento Elementary School.

Friday, April 22, 2016

I'd rather be in the garden...

By Judy Myers

Saturday, April 9 was unexpectedly cold and breezy, but the weather didn’t stop 10 intrepid volunteers who worked outdoors at Bruce Vento Elementary School. With the help of these hardy souls, we built new raised beds for Bruce Vento's schoolyard garden and spread mulch to keep weeds from growing around the new beds. In advance of this work day, Principal Scott Masini called Washington Technology Magnet School to request student volunteers to help with the construction. His contact there said that students are always eager to help with community projects. In spite of being the end of spring break, students James, Jesus, and Paul joined us in this venture. We were grateful for the enthusiasm and persistence they brought to their work.

James, Jesus and Paul helping Principal Scott and Kirsten build the raised beds.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Recipe for Healthy Relationships

By: Maks Luthra

It is known that cooking develops creativity. Some also feel that cooking is like meditation and can be used to calm the mind. But did you know cooking can bring community together? Well, YES!!!

Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul recently finished their first set of cooking class for parents, and the response has been overwhelming. Thanks to Second Harvest Heartland and their Food + You program, our families now receive food boxes every month. It has helped greatly in increasing access to healthy foods for our little students and their families. A few months ago, the parent educator found that parents were throwing away some of the food in the boxes because they didn’t know how to use them. Shirley Vang, SNAP-Ed educator at the University of Minnesota Extension and an active partner in our project, has been conducting cooking classes for parents and helping them learn to use the box items in the most efficient, healthy, and delicious way!

Parents taking initiative in cooking

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