Live Better! Live Longer! continues community gatherings with old and new events

Lisa Taylor participates in the “move” portion of a Live Better! Live Longer! gathering Wednesday at St. Francis Hall. The program has developed three main pillars — eat, move and belong.

Lisa Taylor participates in the “move” portion of a Live Better! Live Longer! gathering Wednesday at St. Francis Hall. The program has developed three main pillars — eat, move and belong.

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer

Members of the Live Better! Live Longer! (LBLL) initiative have been holding community gatherings around the county during the past year. Wednesday featured two such gatherings in Little Falls — one at breakfast and one at supper.

The agenda included a meal followed by a short presentation about LBLL’s purpose and community involvement. Part of the presentation included short brainstorming times to develop ways to better include and serve county residents.

Many members of the LBLL strategy team were at the evening gathering, which also included many community members.

LBLL developed three main pillars to focus the efforts — eat, move and belong.

After participants finished the evening meal, all were invited to stand and do some simple stretching movements to get them moving.

Peggy Martin was attending her first LBLL gathering.

“It’s the first time I’ve been able to come,” she said. “I’m very interested in what the group has been doing.”

George VanRisseghem accompanied a family member, “I want to find out more of what it’s about and to stay involved.”

Attendees watched a short video by “Kid President,” a 10-year-old motivational speaker.

He said “We can make every day better for each other” — something that LBLL is working toward in Morrison County.

“We want people to know, ‘You are a valued member of our community and we’re glad to help you,’” said Kate Bjorge, Healthy Communities Collaborative executive director and one coordinator of LBLL.

“Kindness cards” are being distributed around the county, telling people “kindness — pass it on!”

“We want to be a catalyst for change in the community and we want to inspire other communities across Morrison County to do this too,” said Tammy Jopp, a member of the Move Team.

Upcoming events that include the entire Morrison County community are the Thanksgiving Meal, Nov. 28; neighborhood celebrations during the Day of Caring, May 7, 2014 and an Open Street event in Little Falls June 15, 2014.

Morrison County residents are invited to attend any of the team meetings that will be held in November.

The Move Team will meet Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 a.m. at Zoomski’s in Little Falls. The Eat Team will meet Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 a.m. in Room 160 at St. Francis. The Belong Team will also meet Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 a.m. but in Room 244 at St. Francis.

For more information, call Bjorge at (320) 631-5675.

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