Check out what re:TH!NK is up to right now:
How Do You Get to your Local Park? Take our Survey!
The re:TH!NK Active Communities team is working on a new project in hopes of getting more people into, parks, pools, recreation areas, and trails in Winnebago County. We are starting with an assessment of how people get to these facilities and would like resident feedback!
Provide your input at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Saferoutestoparks. The survey will be available for until Monday, July 31. Thank you for your feedback!
As the 2016-2017 school year came to an end, we were busy coordinating and promoting tastings in Neenah, Menasha, Oshkosh, and Omro. Radishes, turnips, tomatoes, asparagus, and more were sampled since March 2017. With the help of each school districts' Food Service Directors and food service staff, farmers, and volunteers, over 4000 kids were able to try local and tasty produce. Not a bad way to wrap up the school year! By trying new produce, we hope to increase health eating habits and the consumption of fruits and vegetables among kids in Winnebago County. We love to see the fresh local produce go out into the cafeteria and the kids eat it right up! You can help achieve healthy eating habits in the County by volunteering for next year.
Upcoming Retail Assessments
This summer we will be completing retail assessments throughout the county to assess what tobacco, alcohol, and healthy food products are being sold at retailers. These statewide assessments will be completed through a partnership with the WI Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP), the WI Alcohol Policy Project, the WI Chronic Disease Prevention Program, and Counter Tools. The assessments allow coalitions to uniformly collect data and tell a story of how exposure to advertising, placement, price discounts, and prevalence of products impacts the people in our communities. Click here for more information and here to volunteer!
Completed County Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan
The Winnebago County Health, Highway, and Parks Departments have finalized the "Connecting People and Communities: Winnebago County Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan." The year-long planning process has gathered input from a 16-member steering committee and over 175 residents on what would make walking and bicycling easier and safer in the rural parts of the County.
The Plan was accepted by the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors in February 2017. There is a stakeholder team meeting to begin discussing implementation of the Plan. All the Plan documents can be downloaded on the bike/ped plan page.
Healthier Kids Meals
Finding healthy kid's meals in restaurants is now easier by using the Kids LiveWell program. re:TH!NK is partnering with the National and Wisconsin Restaurant Associations to raise awareness of and increase restaurant offerings in the Kids LiveWell. Kids LiveWell meals are low in calories, sodium, fat, and sugar, and contain fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and l ow-fat dairy for a nutritionally balanced meal. Visit our Kids LiveWell page to find participating restaurants in Winnebago County.