Updates from Moving Matters, a project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic
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This has been a busy summer for Moving Matters and the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. The second year of Great Place Projects now span the county, a Health Impact Assessment was presented to the Grand Marais City Council on the Highway 61 corridor project, and a new Local Food Market launched!

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Thirteen Great Place Projects in 2015
After a very successful first year of the Great Place Project, the Cook County Chamber of Commerce and Moving Matters brought a second year of the project to Cook County. Thirteen projects received funding from hand crafted outdoor seating to a life size moose sculpture. A full list of the projects are available on our website and a 2015 video will be released soon.

The Great Place Project is a friendly, local competition for mini-grants to use high impact, low cost ideas to create great places in our communities. A great place is inviting, beautiful, and catches the eye. It reflects the unique character and identity of the community. And a great place encourages people to slow down and spend time there. “We know that people will be active where they have pleasant and safe places to do so. The Great Place Project has been an incredible opportunity to invest in community spaces and the health of our community” said Moving Matters Coordinator Kristin DeArruda Wharton.
Health Impact Assessment and the Highway 61 Project

Health Impact Assessments are a tool to bring health considerations into areas where health isn't typically considered, but is critically important, such as transportation projects and community design. These other areas are critically important as 60% of health status is determined by social and environmental conditions and behavior, with only 10% by health care and 30% genetics.

In Grand Marais, one such conversation started around the Highway 61 corridor through town, providing an ideal opportunity to examine this project and its potential health impacts through Health Impact Assessment. With support from the local Active Living Steering Committee and community input, a year-long Health Impact Assessment process was undertaken. As the Highway 61 Redesign Process moves forward, the recommendations generated through the Health Impact Assessment process will help ensure a healthier Highway 61 for our community.
    News from the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic:
New Local Food Market

A new farmers market has started in Grand Marais on Thursday evenings. The Local Food Market is from 4 to 6 pm at the Cook County Community Center. Originally started as a 6 week pilot, the market will now run through September (stay tuned for a final market date for the season). Each week up to 9 vendors have sold their vegetables, berries, jams, maple syrup, and many other local foods. You can hear more about the market by listening to a recent WTIP radio story. The market is on, rain or shine, and it is cash only.

For information about the weekly market, follow the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic on Facebook or watch Boreal Classifieds.


Local Food Market
4 - 6 pm Thursdays
Cook County Community Center,
Grand Marais

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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