A Native Fitness and Nutrition staffer sits at a black table that has a basketball, volleyball, and weight on it, and talks to visitors about programming.


Native Fitness and Nutrition (FAN)

Native Fitness and Nutrition (FAN)


The Native Fitness and Nutrition (FAN) program works to reduce health disparities in the local American Indian community by providing accessible activities and educational opportunities for the community. The Native Elders Support Team, housed within FAN, provides activities, support, and resources to local Elders. A fitness center and gym located in the Minneapolis American Indian Center provide a central place for community exercise and activities. 

As of May 2024, FAN programs have resumed operations at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Programming was held at different locations while the Minneapolis American Indian Center underwent a historic renovation.


American Indians above the age of 8 are eligible to participate in FAN programs. American Indian Elders can participate in Native Elders Support Team activities. Everyone is required to fill out a liability form before participating in any FAN programming.


  • Physical fitness activities including basketball, volleyball, pickleball, walking groups, circuit training, yoga, and traditional dancing.
  • Nutrition education and cooking classes to learn how to eat healthy and reduce the risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other health issues.
  • Open gym and fitness center time.
  • Group walking time from 8 a.m. – noon Monday through Friday.
  • Visit the Events page to view upcoming FAN activities.


  • Mondays: 7 – 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Fridays: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Sundays: CLOSED

Hours may change certain weeks due to staffing and other programming in the center. Please visit the Native Fitness and Nutrition Facebook page for updated information.

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Colette Lawrence

Fitness and Nutrition (FAN) & Native Elders Support Team (NEST) Coordinator
(612) 879-1703

Joseph Regguinti

Fitness Center Manager

Kobe Gourneau

Physical Activities Coordinator

Brian Heart

Native Elders Support Team (NEST) Program Assistant and Transporation