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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.

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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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