Earlier this month, a passionate group of Minnesotans launched the Healthy Eating Minnesota Network at www.healthyeatingmn.org. It’s a unique initiative that connects people—both face-to-face and online—who care about creating a healthier food system in Minnesota. Now there are more than 150 people involved! The Healthy Eating Minnesota Network is based on the idea that in-person and online collaboration can catalyze knowledge exchange, networking, and coalition building around healthy eating and healthy food access in Minnesota. HEMN invites you to explore the network, share your ideas, and connect with others across the state who are working to create healthier food systems:
1. Create a Profile. Go to www.healthyeatingmn.org. On the left side of the screen is a box asking you to sign up. Click on it, answer the questions, and create your profile. Having a profile lets you take part in the best parts of the network—asking questions, commenting on posts, building networks, and more.
2. Join a Community. Communities are places to ask questions, seek feedback, and connect with other Minnesotans who care about healthier food systems. Right now, the network features communities focused on healthy kids, urban agriculture, food policy, food justice, and farmers markets —all convened by your friends and colleagues. Join a community, or feel free to create your own!
3. Share Your Content. Have an event you’d like to publicize? Want to share a great news story? What about some pictures from your urban farm, community garden, or healthy food-related event? Share your content, and build the network!
4. Spread the Word. Invite your friends and colleagues to join the network! Send an email, share a link to the Facebook page, and post to listservs. The more the merrier! The Healthy Eating Minnesota Network features original writing from network members, links to case studies and resources, and event listings from across the state. We’re excited to launch the network, and look forward to our shared work to grow it with your feedback and collaboration.
The Healthy Eating Minnesota Network is funded by Created by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to support networking, collaboration, and discussion that will increase access to healthy foods for all Minnesotans. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.