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Healthy City of the Month: Minneapolis

Minneapolis comes in first on Forbes America’s Top 20 Healthiest Cities. Minneapolis has fresh, clean air and supports exercise with a vast amount of bike and walking trails. Smoking is banned in public places, producing overall low rates for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma. While Minnesota has long winters, Minneapolis finds a way to stay healthy and happy during all seasons. In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota offers many scenic trails, bike paths and parks for all users.

Healthy Places to Eat:

  1. Seward Community Co-op- This co-op is owned by the community members to sustain the local economy. In a cooperative, the owners own the business and the profits belong to the whole community of owners. The co-op is focused on selling high-quality grocery food and wellness products. The neighborhood development of the co-op offers a homey feeling, which improves not only your physical health but your overall health when surrounded by a community. Location: 2823 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406 | (612) 338-2465 | Open daily 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
  2. Common Roots Cafe- Their motto is “A modern twist on traditional delicatessen.” Common Roots Cafe makes hand-crafted food with local, organic ingredients. They have everything from breakfast to noshes to beer and wine. The core values are we are proud to support local and sustainable farmers, we are proud to support the local economy and we are proud to operate in an environmentally responsible way. All local products are grown or raised within 250 miles of Common Roots Cafe! Location: 2558 Lyndale Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55405 | (612) 871-2360 | Open Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  3. People’s Organic- People’s Organic is a gathering table. They are big on celebrating the simplicity of nutritious and organic food, pure water and healthy beverages. It focuses on locally grown and organic raised crops. They offer a wide selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options in all areas of the menu like breakfast, salad and farm-to-table. Best of all everything is 100% non-GMO and 50% oranic! Location: 80 S 8th St #156, Minneapolis, MN 55402 | (612) 208-0021 | Monday – Friday: 7am – 5pm

Bike and Walking Trails:

  1. Midtown Greenway- Nearly a six mile long route, the paths take you on a well-maintained, colorful trail. Its highlights include the Midtown Freewheel Bike Shop and acess to the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. The route is three lanes for cyclists and walkers alike! It’s even plowed during the winter for those who enjoy a brisk ride in snow.
  2. Cannon Valley- This 19.7 mile long trail connects the cities of Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing. The snow doesn’t stop this trail either, it’s open year round for bicycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, hiking, walking and cross country skiing. The views are the main star here, highlighting the Cannon River.
  3. Brown’s Creek State Trail- Brown’s Creek is placed ontop of a former railroad grade, but has safe access for all types of trail users. The nearly six mile long trail highlights picturesque Brown Creek. Pedestrians can use the main trail but the back trails offer horseback riding, snowshoeing and environmental education. 

Parks and Dog Parks:

  1. Lake Harriet Park- This park offers a huge list of attractions like a beach, boat dock, bike path, picnic area, playground and fishing dock! This is a perfect summer park destination. They host a variety of events including the Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival.
  2. Gold Medal Park- Gold Medal Park is a newer park, opened in 2007 and it has 7.5 acres of beautiful landscape. There’s a 32′ tall mound with a lookout bench amidst a grove of trees with good views of the Mississippi River, the historic Stone Arch Bridge, Guthrie Theater and the historic milling district.
  3. Lake of the Isles Dog Park- Here your furry friends can enjoy a leash-free day at the park! The 1.8-acre park is completely fenced in to ensure safety for the dogs. The park hours are 6 a.m. to midnight and open all year round, your best friend will always keep you active here!

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