Working with MN Local Governments to Increase Access to Healthy Food: Part I - The Basics (2016)

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Monday, April 18, 2016

This webinar provides an overview of Minnesota city and county government structure and authority. The discussion focuses on opportunities for local food coalitions and networks in Minnesota to work with local governments while also providing concrete examples of actions city and county governments can take to increase access to healthy food in local Minnesota communities. City and county governments, including both elected officials and staff, make decisions that impact a wide range of activities within their municipal borders that can determine where, how, and who has access to healthy food. The location of farmers’ markets, grocery stores, community gardens, and restaurants are directly impacted by land use and zoning decisions at the local level. Local governments also make decisions about the allocation of resources impacting transportation and transit systems that affect the ability of residents to get to food outlets.

This webinar has already occurred. Please use the resources below:

Webinar Slides [PDF]

Webinar Recording:


  • Dr. Beth A. Wielde Heidelberg, Professor of Urban Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
  • Julie Ring, Executive Director of the Association of Minnesota Counties.


  • Mary Marrow, Staff Attorney with the Public Health Law Center


For current information, visit our Minnesota Healthy Eating & Active Living page.