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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. 

Health in the Park Fair

Feb. 22, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
St. Louis Park Middle School, 2025 Texas Ave.

Health in the Park is a free event for all ages to learn about physical and mental wellbeing and what resources are available in St. Louis Park. Local organizations will be present to share information and offer free 30 minute physical activity classes. Westwood Hills Nature Center will offer free snowshoeing. There will also be speakers on a variety of topics.

Free 30-minute classes

30-minute classes

  • 11:30 a.m. – Yoga for every body (Instructor: Rachel Holdgrafer)
  • Noon – 305 fitness/cardio dance (Instructor: Aliva Tison)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Zumba (Instructor: Katherine McGraw)
  • 2 p.m. – Intro to qigong (Instructor: Deborah Heltzer)

20-minute classes for kids

  • 12:30 p.m. – Kids Yoga (grades 1 – 5)
  • 1 p.m. – Kids Yoga (age 3 – 6)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Intro to mindfulness for kids (grades 1 – 5)
Speakers
  • 11:30 a.m. – The effects of stress on wellbeing (Speaker: Kimberly Rittmaster)
  • Noon – Relationship survival with toolkit (Spearker: Ryan Plasch, MS)
  • 1 p.m. – Preventing postpartum depression (Speaker: Allison Greenwald, MSW, LICSW)
  • 2 p.m. – The voice of invisible hunger (Speaker: Victoria Martinez)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Introduction to mindfulness for parents: resources for a mindful family (Speaker: Heather Wirch)

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 lsmith@stlouispark.org

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.