Feeling Good About Feeling Good MN

In 2016, CentraCare Health launched Feeling Good MN, an initiative created to improve the health of our communities by changing policies, systems and environments. It’s been an exciting first year with a number of programs introduced through partnerships with local businesses.

One program is the Feeling Good MN Health Hero, which recognizes people, businesses and communities in Central Minnesota that are setting a healthy example. McKay’s Family Dodge is sponsoring the program and providing use of a Dodge Sprinter van, which is wrapped with the teal Feeling Good MN logo making it hard to miss when it’s darting around St. Cloud.

Health Hero nominations are made online through the Feeling Good MN website and each monthly winner receives a surprise visit from the Feeling Good MN van and is presented with a healthy care package. Each winner’s story is documented with a video that captures the moment the recipient is surprised with the recognition. To see the people and local businesses that have been named Health Heroes, visit feelinggoodmn.org/healthhero.

“It feels good to recognize those around us who inspire others,” said Jodi Gertken, CentraCare Health’s director of wellness. “There is a lot of energy and positivity in Central Minnesota so we want to celebrate it.”

Another program introduced in 2017 was the Feeling Good MN Fun Bin program, which encourages people to be active by making sports equipment and games more accessible. The Fun Bin is a container chock-full of games and toys, all free for people to use. All Fun Bin items were generously donated by Scheels of St. Cloud. The goal is to make it easy to be active by providing the equipment needed, accompanied with just a few simple rules:

1) Borrow an item.
2) Have fun.
3) Put it back when you’re done
(return the same day).

“One of our main goals is to make it easy for people to be healthy,” said Gertken. “The Fun Bin is one way we’re trying to support our community and encourage people to stay active.” The program launched in summer 2017 with one Fun Bin that traveled to several locations throughout St. Cloud. Based on the interest and feedback, there are plans to expand the number of Fun Bins starting in 2018.

If you are interested in having the Fun Bin located in your community or if you’d like to have it onsite at a neighborhood gathering or festival, email us at info@feelinggoodmn.org.

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