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Health in the Park

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Health in the Park logoHealth in the Park is a grassroots initiative which began in 2013 to create connections, engage in conversation and take action to inspire healthier, more active individuals. 

Because health starts where we live, work, learn and play, we can create opportunities to be healthy all around us.

  • In markets that offer affordable, nutritious food
  • In spaces that encourage social connection and physical activity
  • In housing that is safe, secure and stable for every person
  • Through school environments that prepare students to succeed

St. Louis Park already has many policies, systems and environments that support health. Recognizing what we already have and building on those foundations strengthens our community and builds a healthier future for all. In support of this initiative, the City of St. Louis Park coordinates two programs to support community health and wellbeing. 

Residents with bike patrol during the summerHealth in the Park Champions

Health in the Park Champions work with the city, school district and local organizations to advance health through programs and policy. Some examples of activities and initiatives champions work on are:

  • Serving on the school nutrition advisory committee
  • Organizing a community bike ride
  • Creating conversations to break the stigma of mental illness

Champions meet quarterly to discuss projects, learn about up and coming activities and share ideas. To learn more about this program and get involved, contact Laura Smith at

Healthy Living Grant Program

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.