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Duluth’s Harvie earns Wellstone Award

Jamie Harvie

A Duluth man known for his work in the fields of health care and ecological health has been honored with the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Public Health Achievement Award.

Jamie Harvie, executive director of the Duluth-based Institute for a Sustainable Future, received the honor on Friday at the Minnesota Public Health Association’s annual conference in Duluth, according to a news release from the institute.

The award was renamed in 2003 in memory of the late U.S. senator and his wife.

In 2009, Harvie was recognized as a “National Thought Leader” by the Natural Resources Defense Council in the area of health care and sustainable food systems. In 2013, he was included among the “top 20 most influential” food system and health leaders by Food Service Director Magazine, which also included first lady Michelle Obama in the list.

He directed formation of the Health Food in Healthcare Pledge to seek hospital commitments for nutritious food from sustainable food systems. More than 450 hospitals have joined in the commitment.