Healthy Families, Healthy Future (HF2) is a relatively new task force formed in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James in order to educate and aid families in living a more healthy lifestyle.
HF2 held a competition for grades 6-12 at St. James High School. The goal was to create a logo that would be used as the HF2 logo in print, on t-shirts and to represent the nutrition education movement. There was also a poster contest held at Northside Elementary, from which five students were chosen as winners from first to fourth grade.
The Juan Ramirez logo was chosen to represent HF2. As such, Ramirez received $50 as a cash prize. His logo features a male and a female character high-fiving above a sparkling HF in front of a back-dropped two. It invokes the ideas of collaboration while including the name of the group it represents and was chosen from dozens of entries.
Winners of the poster contest were Chloe Mickelson (fourth grade), Madison Carter (first grade), Mya Hanson (fourth grade), Brenda Vidales (second grade) and Kayl Johnson (first grade). These posters and more are up for display in the Watonwan County Library in St. James and the Princess Theater.
More than one third of the US population is considered medically obese and 17 percent of children aged 2-19 years are obese. Watonwan County has 28 percent adult obesity, which is three percent above the national benchmark.
HF2 has already created a few opportunities for families and children to participate in living a healthier lifestyle. Their Harvest of the Month program features a different fruit, vegetable and grain and different recipes surrounding these foods. Families can come together in cooking healthier meals and experiencing the Harvest of the Month. The group hopes to get more of the local grocery stores participating in Harvest of the Month as the program continues to grow.
HF2 is also offering cooking classes from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays starting March 4, and lasting until April 8. Each week a professional chef will demonstrate new recipes and adults and children can prepare those recipes together in class. Chefs will also share tips for preparing healthier foods. Registration is limited. Contact Kim Nelson at 507-375-8653 to sign up today, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking a little further down the calendar, HF2 will also be offering a six week fitness program to girls ages 8-12 and their moms or female guardians starting May 8. Fun activities will take place each week leading up to the St. James Rail Run. More information can be gained by contacting Tammy Stevens at 507-375-5428.