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eatsmart! Launched in Local Resturants

Date: September 20, 2012

One of our newer pilot projects called eatsmart! kicked off with some great media coverage. Local restaurants in Northeast Wisconsin have partnered with this community-wide initiative highlighting menu items that get a "thumbs up" from local health professionals. eatsmart! makes it easy for consumers to choose healthy, great tasting food.

Thank you to our local TV stations for covering the launch:

re:TH!NK Awarded a Transform WI Grant
Date: July 24, 2012

The "re:TH!NKing What Healthy Looks Like" project is one of 30 communities around the state awarded Transform Wisconsin grants in an effort to create healthier places to live, work and play. $6.6 million will be invested over the next 26 months with the goal of creating healthier communities and reducing preventable chronic diseases. Transform Wisconsin is built on the idea that smoke-free air, fresh fruit and vegetables, and safe places to play should be available to everybody. Six communities in Wisconsin, including Winnebago County, are receiving a Transformation Grant to promote healthy food systems, physical activity, and tobacco-free living.

Check out some of the media attention Transform WI has been getting:

County Health Rankings Released
Date: April 3, 2012

Winnebago County ranks 17th (down from 13th in 2011) in WI for length and quality of life (health factors) and 27th (up from 28th in 2011) in WI for factors that contribute to community health (health outcomes) according to the new report released by the UW Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. re:TH!NK is using the ranking to improve public health and working with the community to increase the positive factors that influence health. What is important is that our "health factors" out rank our "health outcomes" meaning that we are headed in the right direction and should continue to see improvements if we keep up our work, continue to engage community partners and continue to think in a population health mindset.

For the complete profile of Winnebago County visit the County Health Rankings Website.

Parent/Teen Receive Special Recognition from Neenah HS and re:TH!NK
Date: March 20, 2012

Car crashes are the number 1 cause of death for teenagers in Winnebago County. That's why re:TH!NK and the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office have partnered to promote Parents are the Key, an evidence-based parent/teen driving contract that sets rules of the road and consequences for not following those rules. A parent and teen who implemented the PRK contract where honored at Neenah High School for their efforts. All four Green Bay area TV stations covered the award presentation.

WBAY Action 2 News
WFRV Channel 5
WLUK Fox 11

Social Norms Campaign Launched in Oshkosh
Date: February 24, 2012

Brenna Root, AmeriCorps member serving with re:TH!NK, along with the AODA committee from Oshkosh Area School District recently launched a social norms campaign called "true dat(a)." The campaign's goal is to correct teen's misconceptions about tobacco, drug and alcohol use. NBC 26 interviewed Brenna as part of their news story.

Prevention Featured at Living Green Expo
Date: January 28, 2012

Fox 11's Good Day Wisconsin featured re:TH!NK and the Winnebago County Health Department on its live broadcast from the Living Green & Healthy Living Expo held in Oshkosh on January 28. The interviews featured Strong Bones, Organ Donation, re:TH!NK's Point of Decision Prompts and the DrugDrop boxes. View the clip on You Tube.

FoodDay at Perry Tipler Middle School
Date: October 24, 2011

Evan Groth, AmeriCorps member serving with re:TH!NK was interviewed as part of a FoodDay story featured on WFRV Channel 5. Thanks to the chefs from Primo and the Roxy, Peggy West from OASD and Principal Jones for making the cooking demo and taste-testing event a success!

Tobacco Sales to Minors Declining in Winnebago County
Date: October 5, 2011

In 2009, retailers sold tobacco to minors 1 out of 4 times. But so far in 2011, virtually none of them are thanks to the efforts of health educators, the Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention Network, and the WI Wins Program. Read more in the Neenah-Menasha News-Record.

Community Spotlight on re:TH!NK
Date: September 28, 2011

The Oshkosh Northwestern recently featured our coalition as part of its series highlighting non-profits and community involvement opportunities. Thanks for helping us spread the word about re:TH!NK!

Tobacco Compliance Checks and Program Funding
Date: September 26, 2011

The state Tobacco Prevention and Control Program took a 22% funding cut in July which could threaten the downward trend of tobacco sales to minors in the multi-jurisidictional coalition of Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Winnebago Counties. Check out the WBAY News Storyto see what re:TH!NK, the Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention Network is doing to reduce youth access to tobacco and why continued support of the tobacco prevention is so important.

Parents are the Key to Safe Teen Driving
Date: August 25, 2011

Just in time for a new school year, re:TH!NK and the Winnebago County Health Department are promoting a new program to help reduce fatal car crashes involving teens. Parents are the Key helps increase parent/teen communication about safe driving. The program recently received media attention. Watch the WBAY story to learn more. For more information about Parents are the Key, resources and to take the parent evaluation, visit our alcohol prevention initiatives page.

1-Year Anniversary of WI's Smoke-Free Air Law
Date: July 5, 2011

re:TH!NK held a celebration event at Sabre Lanes in Menasha to thank smoke-free air supporters and enjoy clean indoor air! Free pizza, soda and shoe rental accompanied $1 bowling. Our event was covered by two TV stations. Check out the WFRV story and the WBAY story.

Country USA Beverage Server Training with Winnebago County Sheriff's Office
Date: June 21, 2011

Sheriff's deputies, with assistance from re:TH!NK offered FREE training to all volunteer bar tenders at Country USA this year in an effort to reduce underage and binge drinking. WBAY's Chris Hrapsky covered the story. Click this link to watch the video clip.

Winnebago County Board Presentation
Date: May 3, 2011

Seven re:TH!NK members educated the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors about some of re:TH!NK's intiatives and projects. Watch an archive of the presentaion on the OCMS website. Just click the "Winnebago County Board" link, then the "5-3-2011" broadcast to see and hear what was discussed.



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