MRPA recognizes WHNC programming supporting mental health awareness
Every year, the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) recognizes agencies or organizations in Minnesota that set a standard of excellence in the field of recreation, parks and leisure services. Awards are presented in several categories, including administrative or management strategies, marketing and communications, park and facility, programming and events, sponsorships and partnerships, and volunteer initiatives.
The City of St. Louis Park recently received a 2018 MRPA Award of Excellence for the Be the Light Winter Solstice event. The event was developed in partnership with local resident Andrea Nyhusmoen to bring awareness to mental health issues, provide resources for mental health, build community and capitalize on the therapeutic value of spending time outdoors. Thanks to initial funding from the Healthy Living Grant program, the annual event continues to be a success with more than 200 people attending the 2018 event.
The Healthy Living Grant Program is intended to increase wellbeing through community driven action. The program supports communities in building social connections through healthy eating, physical activity, mental health awareness and community building.