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Vision for Healthy Living

Vision for Healthy Living is a partnership between Normandale Lutheran Church and the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness working to promote an integrative vision of health by caring for the needs of the body, mind, and spirit. For more information, read "About Vision for Healthy Living" below.

Questions? Please contact Pastor Dale Howard at or 952.929.1697. 

Strength & Serenity Alternating Exercise Series

 Tuesdays, May 2 - August 1  |  10:30-11:30 am  |  Rooms 212-213

Gentle Yoga: May 2, 16, 30, June 20, July 11, 25
Strength & Balance: May 9, 23, June 6, 27, July 18, August 1

Join us every Tuesday for an alternating series of Gentle Yoga and Strength & Balance classes to improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and mental well-being. Participants of all ages and ability levels are welcome and yoga poses will be offered in chairs as well as on the mat. All classes will be led by Cathy O’Donnell, a local fitness instructor with years of experience. In addition to being certified as a group exercise instructor, laughter yoga teacher and personal trainer, Cathy is also a national presenter for the National Exercise Trainer Association.

Cost:      $5 for drop-in or a single session,
            $25 for all six Gentle Yoga OR all six Strength & Balance classes if you sign up before May 2.
            $45 for all twelve classes, Gentle Yoga and Strength & Balance, if you sign up before May 2.

Contact Zach Greimann at 952.977.9374 or to sign up or if you have questions. 

Elder Nutrition Education Lunch & Learn

Monday, June 19  |  11:30 am – 12:30 pm  |  Rooms 209, 210, 211

It’s no secret that we have different nutritional needs at different points in our lives, but what does that mean for those of us who are 60 years old or better? Bring a lunch and enjoy an enlightening conversation with others who want to know more about what it looks like to eat well as you age. The group will be led by Mary Lavelle, licensed dietitian, with years of experience helping people improve their health through better eating.

The topic for June 19th will be Food for Thought: Nutrition for Brain Health.

For more information or to request a certain topic, contact Zach at or 952-977-9374.

Our Blue Zone

Sunday, June 25 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm | Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall

Don't miss this chance to see Danny Buettner from the Blue Zones organization give a dynamic presentation on the findings first published in the New York Times Bestseller The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer from the people who’ve lived the longest. Learn about the Blue Zones research on healthy living and longevity and how it has been, and can be, put into practice to help communities live healthier lives.

A luncheon and group discussion with a panel of local experts will follow to look at the resources for, and barriers to, healthy living available to us in the Twin Cities Metro area and what needs to be done to improve public health in our "Life Radius."

There is a $10 attendance and lunch fee with a $5 discount available for students and persons under 18 or over 60. Register or get more information by contacting Zach Greimann at or 952-977-9374. 

Respite group available on-site for caregivers who wish to bring their care receiver. Please RSVP for this group when registering.

Vision for Healthy Living

About Vision for Healthy Living

In 2016, NLC in conjunction with the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness agreed to partner on the process of discerning how to promote a holistic view of health. That is, how to support individuals of all ages within the church and the broader community to lead healthier lives, not only from a physical perspective, but also socially, emotionally, and spiritually. In January 2016, a comprehensive strategic planning task force was formed, led by an independent facilitator and comprised of 12 key stakeholders.

For six months, the Healthy Living Task Force met to review community health data, interview community organizations, health care delivery, and public health service providers. In addition, over 120 individuals within the congregation and the broader community were surveyed and asked to identify health concerns which were obstacles to living healthier lives of healing and wholeness.

As a result of these efforts three key health education areas were identified as the most pressing health concerns identified for those surveyed include:

  • Mental health
  • Expanded services and supports for seniors
  • Nutrition and exercise (i.e. obesity prevention)

Findings recommended that programs focus on prevention of health concerns rather than intervention, utilize approaches that strengthen relationships and build deeper connection between individuals and with the community.

With these findings, NLC and the Center are actively tasked with developing a joint implementation plan for the delivery of multi-generational public health programming through the Vision for Healthy Living.

Vision for Healthy Living is a partnership between Normandale Lutheran Church and the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness working to promote an integrative vision of health by caring for the needs of the body, mind, and spirit. Questions? Please contact Pastor Dale Howard at or 952.929.1697.


In fall 2016, we were excited to hold our first events in the Vision for Healthy Living: Talking About Mental Health: A Series with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. These fall events were open to the public and free of charge. Additional events are currently being planned for 2017. We look forward expanding our offerings as we work to promote an integrative vision of health by caring for the needs of the body, mind, and spirit.