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Published August 15, 2013, 08:37 PM

Entrepreneurs 'pitch' their innovations for promoting health, wellness

FARGO – Speakers had three minutes Thursday to show how and why those attending the first Health Pitch summit here should get involved with the wellness of their community.

By: Wendy Reuer, INFORUM

FARGO – Speakers had three minutes Thursday to show how and why those attending the first Health Pitch summit here should get involved with the wellness of their community.

Health Pitch, sponsored by Family HealthCare of Fargo at Island Park, gave more than a dozen entrepreneurs and health or wellness professionals a platform to “pitch” their innovations for promoting health and wellness.

“Innovation can come from anywhere, that’s part of the message we want to share today,” said James Burgum, who emceed the event with Patricia Patron, CEO of Family Healthcare.

The event was kicked off by keynote speaker Scott Harrison, the founder of charity:water, a global nonprofit attempting to give everyone clean water through creative fundraising and spreading awareness worldwide.

Speakers could explain the need and the origin for their innovation, and call those in attendance to action.

Sam Kundinger, Health Pitch organizer and director of Development at Family HealthCare, said organizers wanted to present initiatives that are already in place in the community or gaining momentum.

“The idea was, ‘Hey, I found a problem, here’s my solution. Do you want to get involved?’ There’s a call to action from each speaker,” Kundinger said.

During breaks between pitches, the few hundred in attendance could then learn more about organizations already in the Fargo-Moorhead area by hands-on experience.

“The idea with those breaks is to really get your hands on what our community partners are doing,” Kundinger said.

Prairie Roots Food Cooperative brought a bicycle-powered grinder that uses peddle power to grind oats into oatmeal. The bicycle was not only a hands-on experience for how anyone can create their own healthy breakfast food, but a chance for participants to learn about Prairie Roots.

Kaye Kirsch said the fledgling group is still recruiting members as it inches towards a goal of opening a metro-based store offering natural, organic and locally grown foods.

Prairie Roots Food Cooperative is running online.

Burgum said the $25 registration fee from this year’s event would be given to Family HealthCare of Fargo.

The Family HealthCare Center is still completing its fundraising goal of $15 million, the cost of the facility that opened in December.

The center is a primary care clinic for the region’s under and uninsured.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530

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