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St. Bridget Parish School students found out they were one of ten schools selected to receive a $10,000 grant and other wellness incentives from the School Health Connection Program sponsored by Allina Health at an all-school assembly. Pictured in the back row, from left: Heather Logelin, Allina Health; Mary Gribble, St. Bridget's; Rev. Jerry Harris, St. Bridget's; Principal Sue Steckbauer, St. Bridget's; David Miller, president, River Falls Area Hospital; Jennifer Loesch, St. Bridget's parent. Front row...

St. Bridget's gets big grant to jumpstart fitness goals

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With childhood obesity rates soaring and kids facing illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension, health care facilities are trying to get schools involved in combating the crisis.


In July, Allina Health, which includes River Falls Area Hospital, offered the opportunity for eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin schools to apply for the School Health Connection Program.

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Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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