Delano businesses invited to build 'Healthy Delano'

DELANO, Minn. (July 12, 2012)—Säjai Foundation and Ridgeview Medical Center invite Delano-area businesses, civic organizations and community groups to a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, July 25, to learn more about the new Healthy Delano Task Group and a community-wide project that will launch in September.

The goal of the healthy community project is to link organizations to educate, engage and inspire Delano children and their families to form healthy habits. Learn more about the Healthy Delano Task Group, the project, and how to become involved and support the efforts.

WHAT: Healthy Delano Town Hall Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, July 25, 2012; 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Coffee, healthy breakfast treats will be served
WHERE: Delano City Hall, 234 2nd St. N., Delano
WHO: Leaders and representatives from Delano-area businesses, civic organizations, community groups; community members, parents of school-aged children

Please RSVP by contacting Amy Rea, Säjai Foundation, at 952-288-3364 or e-mail (amy@sajaifoundation.org) by Monday, July 23, 2012.

MEDIA: Media are invited and welcome to attend this Town Hall meeting for interviews and photo opportunities. For more information about the Healthy Delano Task Group, please contact Melissa Hanson, CEO/President, Säjai Foundation, 952-288-3364.

About “Healthy Delano”

Ridgeview Medical Center has been awarded a grant to create a healthy-community pilot project in Delano and, in partnership with Säjai Foundation, formed the Healthy Delano Task Group to help guide the project. The Healthy Delano project will kick off in September 2012 and is focused on linking community organizations to create a supportive environment that helps Delano’s children form healthy habits and to encourage families to eat right, get active and be well. Families will receive a Healthy Living Playbook to guide them in learning about and participating in activities across the community. Information will be available at several back-to-school events at Delano Elementary School and at Tiger Activity Center, as well as at Ridgeview Delano Clinic Grand Re-Opening event on Sept. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m.

About the Säjai Foundation

The Säjai Foundation battles childhood obesity through its Wise Kids® programs, which teach kids about healthy eating, physical activity, and exploring the outdoors. For more information or additional tips about working on Energy Balance, visit www.sajaifoundation.org or call 952-288-3364.

About Ridgeview Medical Center

Ridgeview Medical Center is an independent, regional health care network serving the west-metro area. Its award-winning network includes the Waconia-based acute care hospital, numerous primary and specialty care clinics – including Ridgeview Delano Clinic – emergency services, specialty programs and Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska. For more information about Ridgeview Medical Center and its clinics, visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org.