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Children’s Minnesota Awarded Youth Wellness Grant by Target to Support ‘Vida Sana’ Healthy Living Program


Minneapolis, Minn. – (July 5, 2016) – Today, Children’s Minnesota announced it has been awarded a grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) as part of Target’s ongoing youth wellness efforts. The grant will support the expansion of Children’s Minnesota’s Vida Sana program, a community-based initiative to improve healthy eating choices, increase activity levels and promote overall well-being for Latino families in Minneapolis.

The Vida Sana program offers culturally-relevant, family-centric wellness programming in an inclusive and welcoming environment, free of charge to Children’s Minnesota patient families and the larger Latino community. Weekly programming provides nutrition and physical activity information to children and parents, as well as a safe space to share ideas, challenges and personal experiences. Funding from the grant is expected to expand the program’s reach both in the number of families served as well as building a more comprehensive and actionable well-being model for families.

“Thanks to the generous support from Target Corporation, the Vida Sana program will continue to improve the health and well-being of more families and further promote healthy living within the Latino community,” said Anna Youngerman, Children’s Minnesota senior director of Advocacy and Health Policy. “Vida Sana is a great example of how we complement the expertise of our medical professionals at Children’s Minnesota with a community-based program, facilitated in partnership with the Waite House — a trusted community resource. Together, we are equipping families with the information and support they need to be healthy in their homes and neighborhoods. We are thankful for Target’s support to help us promote stronger community ties and empower families to improve their health.”

“At Target, we are committed to helping make wellness a way of life for our team members, guests and communities,” said Laysha Ward, chief corporate social responsibility officer, Target. “That’s why we are excited to partner with an impressive array of organizations who are already doing such important work to make an impact in the wellness space. Together, we will help remove barriers to wellness in our communities, working to increase the consumption of nutrient-dense food and physical activity of kids and families across the country.”

The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to help make wellness more affordable, accessible and inspirational for its team members, guests and communities. Target also is partnering closely with local leaders and organizations in communities around the country who are experts in youth wellness and actively working to close the wellness gap for children. These efforts are part of Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week.


About Children’s Minnesota

Children’s Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children’s Minnesota serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty-care clinics and six rehabilitation sites. Children’s Minnesota maintains its longstanding commitment to the community to improve children’s health by providing high-quality, family-centered pediatric services and advancing those efforts through research and education. This work is made possible in large part by generous philanthropic and volunteer support from individuals and organizations throughout the state and region. An award-winning health system, Children’s Minnesota is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital and by The Leapfrog Group for quality and efficiency. Please visit


About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,792 stores and at Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

Becky Sonka