ApparentPlan has received a $3,000 matching grant for it's Aging is Not for Sissies bike ride. The generous donation from the Minneapolis Foundation kick starts the organization's three-week fundraising efforts which begin with a 435 mile bike ride across Iowa. The director, Tracy Keibler, was one of 2,700 riders to complete that ride in 1975 on a ride known as RAGBRAI III. This year's ride is the 42nd time that ride has happened making it the longest running and largest event of its kind in the world. Unfortunately, the 30,000 riders are not all participating in ApparentPlan's fundraising efforts, however, Keibler is riding with a group of about ten riders in this years event. Blog posts will be updated along the way so that you can follow along in the adventure.
ApparentPlan has begun a partnership with A-POD or A Partnership of Diabetics. A-POD is a diabetic support group that meets in the Phillips Community Center. A-POD is simply one diabetic talking with another in small groups where they can check in with each other, share ideas and problem solve. There are a number of groups to choose from based on language: English, Spanish, Somali. ApparentPlan is introducing their flagship health promotion programs to A-POD including Tai Chi for Diabetes and Nutrition Ignition.
ApparentPlan became an approved organization to receive Thrivent Choice Dollar donations.
It was announced today that Tracy Keibler, Executive Director of ApparentPlan, has been named by the Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon to a new panel to guide the “Own Your Future” public awareness campaign. The objectives of the public information campaign over the next year are to raise awareness among Minnesotans of the importance of planning now to ensure more control and choice in meeting their future long-term care needs and to increase the number of Minnesotans who take action to address and provide for their future long-term care.