A Year in Review: 2017 and Beyond

As we work to make Marshall a healthier place in which we live, work and play in 2018 and years to come, we reflect on everything we accomplished in 2017. We’re proud to have collaborated with many organizations and individuals to create positive changes in the community and are excited to see what 2018 brings.


Farmers Market102Farmer’s Market

  • A Friends of the Market committee was established.
  • Officers were elected for the committee.
  • Policies were established to guide the group.
  • The market moved to the Schwan’s lot adjacent to the YMCA, offering improved parking and accessibility and restrooms, shelter and storage.
  • A grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SWMAC) with matching funds from Bremer Bank, Marshall Community Foundation and the City of Marshall brought “Music in the Market,” professional performances every Saturday at the market, to fruition.
  • A Power of Produce Grant from the United Way of Southwest Minnesota allowed 500 children to participate in educational opportunities, enhancing their experience at the market.  Children who attended were given a voucher to spend, allowing them to make their own healthy choices while shopping.
  • The Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) supported market manager administration in 2017 – 2019.
  • Total amount of transactions facilitated through EBT, market bucks, Power of Produce and credit card Transactions in 2017 totaled $ 8,169.

Biking & Walking Trails

  • Plans were initiated to start a bike refurbishing project for the Engineering class at Marshall Public Schools during second semester in 2018.

Safe Routes to School

  • Electronic meetings took place to partner with the City in Safe Routes to School efforts.
  • The committee facilitated the paperwork, including the steps necessary to take action, to apply for Safe Routes to School grants
  • School district administration met to talk about a walk or bike-to-school day this winter. Marshall’s SHIP office is distributing reflectors and helmets to six counties with schools doing events like these in the six counties they serve.
  • The committee wrapped up the planning grant by completing an assessment of current conditions for walking and biking to school and applied for the Greater Minnesota Transportation Alternatives solicitation.
  • School district administration met to talk about a walk or bike-to-school day this winter.  SWHHS’s SHIP office is distributing reflectors and helmets to those doing events like these in the six counties they serve.
  • Bike racks were purchased and give by SWHHS SHIP to the Marshall Middle School, encouraging additional biking to school efforts.


Nutrition Network:

  • Nutrition Network work group was established, meeting monthly.
  • Healthy56258 and area partners began conversations about hunger on the SMSU campus and in the community and are working toward a April 2018 wellness fair on campus.
  • Nutrition Network identified resources available to combat nutrition and hunger in our schools and communities.

Smarter Lunchroom

  • Smarter Lunchroom work group was established and is currently meeting on an as needed basis.
  • The committee completed an assessment for smarter lunchroom and identified areas for improvement.
  • Committee members have signed onto the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to access information and help regarding the Smarter Lunchroom program.

Mental Health

  • The committee formed and began meeting and making connections, which has and will continue to lead to collaboration on projects and events as they arise including the Out of the Darkness event with Marshall Public Schools.
  • Mental health conversations led toward spotlighting mental health through Mindful Mondays, which will appear on Healthy56258 social media channels in 2018.
  • The committee initiated connections between individuals with experience in mental health to begin working together toward a healthier landscape for mental health in Marshall.


Worksite Wellness

  • Worksite wellness work group was established and is currently meeting quarterly.
  • The worksite wellness group established a partnership with SMSU exercise science worksite wellness class to develop content for social media and other uses.

Healthy56258LL-48Lunch & Learns

  • Healthy56258 held its first (what we hope will become) annual Healthy56258 lunch and learn with nearly 100 people in attendance.
  • The committee began planning for a 2018 worksite wellness lunch and learn, scheduled for July.

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