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Healthy Duluth Ideas Festival

Updated: 06/24/2014 10:38 AM
Created: 06/24/2014 10:11 AM WDIO.com

Can the neighborhood you live in play a role in determining how healthy you are?  What about the city in which you live?  More and more health experts are finding that the answer is yes.

On Tuesday, June 24 some of the best ideas for how to make Duluth a healthier community will be presented at the Zeitgeist Arts Building in downtown Duluth.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. you'll hear from the Cyclists of Gitchee Gummee Shores (COGGS), Community Action Duluth's Seeds of Success program, the Health and Wellness Table, and the Healthy Duluth Area Coalition.

The Zeppa Foundation is hosting the event and will ask for audience participation in helping to determine an award of up to $10,000 for one of the four ideas presented. 

COGGS will discuss their vision for biking in Duluth, specifically the Grand Traverse, a connected trail system across the top ride of Duluth. 

Seeds of Success will talk about the impact improving a local food system can have on community health and development.  They'll also talk about how doing value added work can improve their program operations.

The Health & Wellness table will discuss the concept of an interactive theatrical performance meant to highlight health inequities and bring to light approaches for making positive system change.

Healthy Duluth will discuss tactical urbanism, using temporary change and creative place making to engage resident and push long term health improvements forward. 

The event is intended to celebrate all the organizations working to improve the health of the community, not just those presenting.

The Healthy Duluth Area Coalition Community Initiative section of its website is a newly launched listing service.  The catalog of initiatives is open to submission from the public as a place to tell the world about the great work going on to improve the health and health disparities of Duluth area residents. 

It's a place to network, comment and learn more about who is working on improving the health of residents in a long lasting, powerful way.  You can fit it at HealthyDuluth.org/community-initiatives/.

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