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Eleventh Annual Lakeview Health Foundation Community Breakfast

Children were the stars at the Lakeview Health Foundation’s 11th Annual Community Breakfast. They brought a youthful flavor to the Feb. 28 event, which turned the spotlight on PowerUp.

PowerUp is a community-wide initiative to help make it easy and fun for kids and families throughout the St. Croix Valley to eat better and move more. In the Stillwater area, PowerUp’s work is funded by the Lakeview Health Foundation.

Dani Leonard, 11, gave the keynote speech via video. She told around 200 guests that PowerUp had been a part of her life since she was 6. It had helped spur her love of being outside, trying new fruits and vegetables, and taking action with friends in school.

“I always loved going to PowerUp activities because they were fun! To me, this is just normal,” she said. “But I’m learning that PowerUp is something special in our community. I didn’t realize how cool this was at the time but now I see that not all kids get to eat healthy and be active, or even know how. At my school kids would look at my lunch that I brought from home and would be amazed at the ‘weird’ things that I eat. Wouldn’t it be great if it wasn’t weird to eat fruits and vegetables? That is why PowerUp matters.”

She explained how she had set up a Goat Club with friends (“Because goats eat everything!”) and had become a PowerUp ambassador at her school. She’s now helping organize a PowerUp cooking club there.

Recipes by Amery students Paul J. and Lila S., who took the top two spots in the 2018 Power Recipe Contest, were featured on the menu at the Community Breakfast. Attendees gave Paul and Lila a hearty round of applause for their delicious creations.

Dani’s sister Charlee, 8, led the Community Breakfast guests in a fun activity, helped by Chomp, the PowerUp superhero carrot.

Lowell Johnson, director of public health at Washington County, said the role of public health was to get upstream of community health issues. For that reason, work such as PowerUp’s, reaching children and families to set great habits in place young, is vital. He compared the effect of PowerUp to that of Fire Prevention Week in elementary schools. “If you didn’t have a fire extinguisher under your sink before, you sure did by the time it was over, right? Think about how many kids come home after encountering PowerUp, and say to mom or dad, ‘Maybe we should have berries instead of ice cream,’ or ‘I don’t see a vegetable on my plate.’ The parents pick up on that pretty quickly. You can’t help but get caught up in it and family meal time takes on a whole new experience.”

First State Bank and Trust sponsored the complimentary breakfast at the Lake Elmo Inn Event Center. And more than $41,000 was raised for patient and community projects.

“The Community Breakfast is a great chance for us to showcase the work of PowerUp, which makes a huge difference to the people it serves,” said Paul Erickson, Executive Director of Lakeview Health Foundation. “Since it began, we have regularly surveyed families that take part in PowerUp programs and challenges and they tell us the impact in their schools, homes and cities. We are so pleased that the community sees the value and importance of the PowerUp mission and has demonstrated its support in this way. We invite everyone to

help us sustain our efforts with a financial gift and keep our programs viable.”

If you would like to make a donation to support PowerUp or other programs of the Lakeview Health Foundation, visit

Find out more about the measurable impact PowerUp is making in the community in the 2019 PowerUp Report to the Community.


Trees of Remembrance

You are invited to the Lakeview Hospice
Trees of Remembrance Memorial Event

Thursday, April 26, 2018
6-8 p.m.
The Heights Hall & Club
Oak Park Heights, Minnesota 55082

Join Lakeview Hospice for an evening of music, reflection and togetherness, honoring the lives of those we’ve loved and lost in the St. Croix Valley. This uplifting remembrance event connects our memories with the growth and renewal of springtime.

Please RSVP by March 30 and consider honoring a loved one, while bringing new life to your home, yard or garden with one of the following remembrance packages. Proceeds benefit hospice patients and families through the Lakeview Health Foundation.

  • Rooted in Memories ($25 – includes a hardy evergreen seedling)
  • Rooted in Reflection ($50 – includes indoor potted plant)
  • Rooted in Love ($75 – includes certificate for Diamond Rouge Hydrangea shrub)
  • Rooted in Hope ($125 – includes certificate for Autumn Blaze Maple or Spring Snow Crab Tree)
  • Rooted in Peace ($250 – includes seedling, certificate for Diamond Rouge Hydrangea shrub, garden stone and certificate for Autumn Blaze Maple or Spring Snow Crab Tree) 

Families will receive memorial seedlings, stones, and certificates for hydrangeas and trees the evening of the Trees of Remembrance Event. Trees and plants do not include a warranty and must be picked up within two weeks of the event. All are encouraged to plant and/or place the memorial items in a location where they’ll best remember their loved one. 

Click here to download the invitation and registration form

Call Lakeview Hospice at 651-430-3320 with questions or for more information.

Lakeview Health Foundation's 2018 Winemaker's Forum

The Lakeview Health Foundation's tenth annual Winemaker's Forum took place on Thursday, June 7 at 7 Vines Vineyard. Many guests attended and helped raise $78,000 to support patients who struggle to afford their medications.

Click here for the results to this year's event!

Check out our gallery of event photos on Facebook!
Photos courtesy of  Nancy Varberg Photography.

Winemaker's Forum 2017

Check out these photos of highlights from the 2018 Lakeview Health Foundation Winemaker's Forum.