Updates from Moving Matters, a project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic
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Look Out for New Great Places

Moving Matters and the Cook County Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the winners of the Great Place Race. Over 25 local businesses, nonprofits, and individuals submitted creative ideas from across Cook County and Grand Portage. $11,930 in grants have been awarded to 16 recipients to help create great places within our communities. Keep your eyes peeled this summer as you walk, bike, and drive throughout the county for the 2014 Great Place Race Recipient sticker. For more information, please visit our website and view the list of winners below.

Bike Events a Success in May

Each May we celebrate active lifestyles in Cook County with Move It in May. This year, Moving Matters helped bring some extra attention to bikes and making bicycling safe for all. Two classes were offered as well as the annual Bike Safety Rodeo. Thanks to all that joined us to learn more about biking this spring! We hope to offer more classes in the future based upon demand.

Bike Basics for Babes

How to Fix a Flat

Bike Safety Rodeo

A special thank you to our instructors, Natalie Gille, Mark Spinler, and Jerry Hiniker, and all the volunteers that helped make these events possible! We also appreciate the support of the Angry Trout Cafe that hosted Bike Basics for Babes and the Cook County Community YMCA that hosted the Fix a Flat class.

Great Place Race Grant Recipients

Art House B&B: Four Little Free Libraries across Cook County and Grand Portage
Art ‘Round Town: Mounting of the Student-created Glass Mosaic Mural on Johnson’s Grocery

Birch Grove Foundation: Gathering area around Hearth Oven with Seating, Garden, and Info Board
Como Oil and Propane: Mural by Local Artists on Propane Tank/Dispenser at Grand Marais Office
Cook County Tennis Association: Bench Seating at Public Tennis Courts in Grand Marais
Cook County Whole Foods Co-op: Bench seating in Front of Co-op and Picnic Tables Behind Building
Grand Portage Health Services: Athletic Equipment for a Borrowing Bank with Community Center
Grand Marais Art Colony: Outdoor Seating Area, Build and Decorated by Local Artists Peter Jenson and Kelly Dupre
Grand Marais Garden Club: Reclaiming and Planting of the Triangle off 1st Street East in Grand Marais
Gunflint Lodge: Destination with Seating and Plantings along South Gunflint Lake Road
Joy Enterprises LLC: Installation of Courtyard Fence, Bike Rack, and Items for Play (Hula Hoops and Stilts)
Northwoods Food Project: Expansion of Children’s Garden at Cook County Community Center, with Stawbale Gardening Demonstration
Schroeder Township: Wheelchair Accessible Picnic Area at Harbor Park near Father Baraga Cross
Town of Tofte: Bike Racks and Wheelchair Accessible Picnic Area at Tofte Town Park
Trinity Lutheran Church: Bench under a Canopy of Pines, Addition of Picnic Area, and Signage for Trinity Trails and Gathering Area.
WTIP Community Radio: ‘Rest Stop’ Off Trail with Seating, Plantings, and Little Free Library

Stay tuned for updates on each project!

    News from the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

FISH: Clinic Launches New Project and Searches for Participants
The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic is looking for women to participate in the new FISH (Fish are Important for Superior Health) Project. A recent study showed that 10% of Northeastern Minnesota babies tested had mercury in their blood above the level considered safe. By taking part in the FISH Project, you will receive information to improve your health and the health of your family as well as will help your community and other communities where people catch and eat fish.

Who: Women, age 16 to 50, who live in or near Cook County
When: One hour appointment between April 2014 and March 2015. Some will be asked to do a second visit.
Where: Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Grand Portage Health Services, or at a special event
Participants who complete either visit will receive $50 Visa gift card.

To register as a participant or for more information, call: Sawtooth Mountain Clinic 218-387-2330 or Grand Portage Health Service 218-475-2235, and ask for the FISH Coordinator.
Moving Matters is a project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and many local partners. We strive to create safer and more accessible walking and biking routes for people of all ages and abilities throughout Cook County and Grand Portage.

Funding for this project is provided by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, as part of Blue Cross’ long-term commitment to tackling the leading causes of heart disease and cancer: tobacco use, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating.
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