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Healthy ideas for Duluth to be presented today

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.

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, 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 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