Updates from Moving Matters, a project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic
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A belated happy 2016 from the Moving Matters team! This is set to be an exciting month, so we wanted to be sure to share some of the upcoming events so you can get them on your calendar. From the launch of the third year of the Great Place Project to a comedy improv night exploring community planning and health on March 23rd, and even the new #ThisIsHealth campaign, don't miss what we're up to this month.

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2016 Great Place Project Accepting Applications

The Cook County of Chamber of Commerce and the Moving Matters project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, with new support this year from the Minnesota Power Foundation, announce the third year of the Great Place Project, which invites applications for $250 to $1,250 for low-cost, high-impact projects to make a place great.

A Great Place is one that is inviting, beautiful and catches the eye. A Great Place encourages people to slow down and spend time there. A Great Place reflects the unique character and identity of the community. Past projects have ranged from public art to benches to Little Free Libraries.

For the 2016 round of funding, the theme is “Playability.” Projects that enhance or create a place that welcomes people with a playfulness or whimsy, especially for children, will be favored. In addition, this year projects that have significant visual impact and will inspire physical activity are sought. Projects that entice children and families to run and play and laugh, for example, will score high on the review, as will projects that create beauty with sufficient “pop” that they cause people to stop for a longer look.

The application is available online at or paper copies are available at the Cook County Chamber of Commerce (15 N. Broadway, Grand Marais). Deadline for applications is March 31. For more information, contact the Chamber at or (218) 387-2079.

What the Health?!
How do we plan for Community Vitality?

What happens when we bring together community members and elected officials, add dinner and pie from the Pie Place, a panel of local experts, and an improv comedy theater company? Find out at “What the Health?! How Do We Plan for Community Vitality?” on March 23rd, presented by the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. This entertaining, free event will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais, 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, March 23rd. The Theater of Public Policy and local experts will be helping us explore the relationships between health and community planning. How can we create a community in which everyone has a chance to live a long, healthy life?

“We thought it would be fun to create an event where people can explore the idea of community planning and health in conversations over dinner and through an improv comedy show. And it’s March, so we are all feeling a little cabin fever! The Theater of Public Policy fits the bill to keep it lighthearted and entertaining while delving into real issues and solutions,” said Kristin Wharton, Coordinator of the Moving Matters project at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.

This is a free event; dinner and child care will be provided. Please reserve your spot by contacting Hartley Newell-Acero, or 218-387-2330 x163, including the number of children for the childcare option at the YMCA. “What the Health?!” is presented by the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic’s Moving Matters project, with planning assistance from the Active Living Steering Committee. Funding for this project is provided by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with additional support from the Bush Foundation. Learn more about the Bush Foundation on March 24th at their lunch event at North House.

As we gear up for this fun event on March 23rd (What the Health?!), be sure to keep an eye out around the county for the #ThisIsHealth posters to see some ways we are already creating health in our communities. Come to the event on the 23rd with other examples in mind of how we can create health in our community. Or, share your photo or example on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag, #ThisIsHealth.

    News from the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic:
Hot Potatoes Event:
Growing Up & Parenting in the Digital Age

The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic will be hosting the next Hot Potatoes event on Friday, March 11th 5:30-7 pm in the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic lower level. If you are interested in Bill Ratner’s Parenting & the Digital Age, you won’t want to miss this Hot Potatoes!  

Join us for conversation with parents, tweens and teens about all-things digital media and the ways they impact our families. Screen time, sexting, cyberbullying, creating healthy boundaries and rules... it is all fair game at Hot Potatoes.

Supper will be provided (a baked potato bar). RSVPs appreciated:   or 218-387-2330 x163.

Moving Matters is a project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and many local partners. We strive to create safer and more accessible walking and biking routes for people of all ages and abilities throughout Cook County and Grand Portage. Funding for this project is provided by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, as part of Blue Cross’ long-term commitment to tackling the leading causes of heart disease and cancer: tobacco use, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating.
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