An initiative that’s working to increase access to healthy living resources to Willmar residents is being celebrated Monday in an online event. Participants are asked to submit selfies taken at one of the “sit with me” benches in Willmar that are part of the initiative.
An online event Monday evening that’s designed to celebrate a healthy living initiative will include videos, comments from community leaders, a message from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and selfies of people taken at Willmar street benches that were made in conjunction with the program.

The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that everyone in the Willmar community has access to resources and opportunities to “achieve their best possible health,” according to information on their website, healthytogetherwillmar.org.

The online event is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to register by 5 p.m. Friday. They are also encouraged to take a selfie at one of the “sit with me” benches in downtown Willmar. The benches feature pottery tiles that were made by the late Bill Gossman and decorated by community members as part of the Healthy Together Willmar project.
The community-led Healthy Together Willmar program, which is supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, could serve as a model for other communities facing health barriers.

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