Friday June 22nd 2018

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The Backyard Initiative

The Backyard Initiative is a dynamic partnership between Allina Health and the people of the seven neighborhoods the immediate surrounding area. This Initiative goes beyond medical care to improve health and health care through: active engagement, addressing the root causes of illness and building connections. There are currently 11 active Citizen Health Action Teams or (CHATs) that implement prevention and wellness pilot projects to improve community health.

BYI Definition of Health: 

  • Health is a state of physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being. It is not only the absence of infirmity and disease.
  • Health is the state of balance, harmony, and connectedness within and between many systems – the body, the family, the community, the environment, and culture. It cannot be seen only in an individual context.
  • Health is an active state of being; people must be active participants to be healthy. It cannot be achieved by being passive.


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