Wellness: Making healthy food choices easy

June 27 market2Shopping area farmers markets is a great way to make choosing healthy food easy and fun!

In Aitkin, there are two great choices for farmers markets:

On Tuesdays, 10 AM to 12 PM, June 17 through August, Riverwood Healthcare Center hosts three vendor stalls from Sprout MN, Grandpa G’s Farm and Laundrus Farm. Eggs, herbs, cooking oils, jams, fruit and vegetables are just some of the products to be sold. The three stalls will be set up in the parking lot (south entrance area) at 200 Bunker Hill Drive, Aitkin.

On Saturdays, 8 AM to noon, the parking lot of the Butler Building (301 Minnesota Ave N in downtown Aitkin) hosts half a dozen vendors including Chengwatana Farm, Country Bumpkin Crafts, Gun Lake Potato Farm, Lakeland Soap, TR Farms and Ranch, and Wellspring Farms. This market features a wonderful diversity of products from bedding plants, eggs,  rhubarb and spinach to handmade soaps, fresh breads, jellies and jams, cookies, dog treats, maple syrup and more.

Challenge yourself to eat a new vegetable or fruit each week of the summer. As we get further into the growing season, your choices will multiply with the wider variety of products. So grab your shopping bag, and a friend or family member, and join the growing movement to eating locally grown food.

Check out the online health assessment tool called Family Health Manager at www.riverwoodhealthcare.org Family Health Manager is an interactive tool that offers you personalized health and wellness options. At no cost, anyone can learn their health score, connect to local resources and create goals in support of healthy living. You can also understand and track key numbers important for overall health. Family Health Manager provides actionable steps to maximize health in key areas such as well-being, activity, sleep, nutrition and pain management. To get started, go to https://health.riverwoodhealthcare.org/fhm

Looking for wellness information? Visit the wellness page on Riverwood’s website. This is a one-stop source of information on both Riverwood wellness resources, such as services and education, and Community wellness resources with info on classes, programs, recreational opportunities and more.