Bordering Canada to the north and Lake Superior to the east, Minnesota is known for its chilly temperatures. However, the cold doesn’t keep people away from the bustling “Twin Cities” of Minneapolis and state capital Saint Paul, which are two of the state’s most densely populated areas and thriving cultural centers.

The state faces another chilling problem: More than a quarter of Minnesota’s youth are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health issues.

Thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Target, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is working with communities throughout the state to make it easier for kids to lead healthier lives.


Our Work in Minnesota

In Minnesota, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.

More than 1,000 schools serving over 584,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, 15 Minnesota schools have been recognized with National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.

We’ve also made it easier for over 8,700 youth in 92 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more through our Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative.

Healthier Generation enlists the help of regional and local partners to create healthier school and out-of-school time environments. These partners, such as the Minnesota Department of Education, gain access to Healthier Generation's customized professional development training, tools, resources and data that empower them to guide schools and sites to improve physical activity and nutrition policies and practices.


Success Stories

Hear from a school champion from just one of the many schools and districts we work with in Minnesota: Kelliher Public School District, enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program since 2014.


The Healthy School Program helped us achieve our wellness goals by providing us with many resources and ideas for healthier programming. The Smarter Lunchroom materials were very helpful to meet the USDA’s Smart Snacks in School guidelines.

Tim Lutz
Superintendent, Kelliher Public School District


Watch the video to learn more about how the Healthy Schools Program is helping kids lead healthier lives

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