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Four win county public health awards

Four recipients of an annual Olmsted County public health award were announced Tuesday during the Olmsted County Board meeting.

The 2010 Live for Others — Healthy Community Award, in memory of the late Dr. Lyle Weed, recognizes people and organizations that make the county a healthier place.

Award-winners are:

• Mary Doucette, who 22 years ago started Elder Network, an organization that provides emotional and social support to senior citizens in Olmsted, Winona and Wabasha counties. Doucette was executive director until her retirement but remains active in the organization.

• Carrie Frank, director of student nutrition services for Dover-Eyota schools. She introduced a "Kids Against Hunger" project that raised enough money to buy ingredients and packages for more than 71,000 meals. The meals were donated to the local food shelf and an international program.


• Y Mentors Program at the Rochester Area Family Y, which serves youths in grades kindergarten through 12. Mentors serve as role models to young people and help them improve their social skills and self-esteem, encourage healthy diet and exercise, and contact dental and mental clinics to make appointments.

• Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) works with teen mothers and offers guidance and referrals. Topics include healthy eating, relationships, communication and exercise. Group members also participate in service projects.

Thirteen individuals and organizations were nominated for the award.

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