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Healthy ideas for Duluth to be presented today

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Four local organizations will present ideas about making Duluth a more vibrant city during the Healthy Duluth Ideas Festival — and at least one of the groups might win a financial boost.

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The Healthy Duluth Ideas Festival will include quick-hit TED-style presentations with topics ranging from a connected trail system across the top ridge of the city, to the staging of a theatrical performance that will highlight health inequities.

The Zeppa Foundation will award up to $10,000 toward at least one of the ideas presented during the festival, which starts at 5:30 p.m. today at the Zeitgeist Arts Building.

The community is invited to attend, ask questions, provide feedback and help determine how the money is divided.

These ideas first were introduced at healthyduluth.org, a website that aims to catalogue community action, from the seedlings of an idea to those that are already in progress.

Tony Cuneo, executive director of the Zeppa Foundation, said healthyduluth.org is a resource, both for other organizations and policy-makers.  

“We want organizations across Duluth to have a place to find each other and network,” he said. “We want to be able to point to the ideas on this site and clearly articulate that there is a lot of great work going on in our community. We’re a sort of forward-thinking, proactive community when it comes to health equity and designing policies and systems and making healthy choices easy choices.”

The festival will include information from:

* Cyclists of Gitchee Gummee Shores, which will talk about its vision for the Grand Traverse — a trail system across the top ridge of Duluth.

* Seeds of Success, which will explore how improvements to the local food system can positively impact community health and development.

* The Health & Wellness Table, which will discuss its idea for an interactive performance about health inequities and ideas for change.

* Healthy Duluth, which will focus on tactical urbanism.

The Zeppa Foundation received a grant through the Convergence Innovation Partnership, which is a national effort to improve health equity. 

If you  go

What: Healthy Duluth Ideas Festival

When: 5:30 p.m. today, followed by a reception

Where: Zeitgeist Arts Building, 222 E. Superior  St.

Tickets: Free, open to the public

More info: Go to healthyduluth.org

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