active communities


In the Community

re:TH!NK is working hard to make sure everyone has equitable access to opportunities to be physically active. That's why we are working to create safe places to play an be active, increase use of active transportation (biking and walking) and working with local decision-makers to consider biking and walking in land use, planning and design.

For a statewide perspective on active communities and the latest on our work to support complete streets and transportation alternative funding, visit the WI Active Communities Alliance's website at Visit our Drive Your Bike page for more details on using your bicycle for transportation. 

Want to get out and ride your bike but don't want to go alone? The following businesses & organizations provide weekly ride opportunities:

Cranked Bike Studio has two weekly rides. Monday evening women's ride at 6pm and Tuesday evening group ride at 6pm. Contact Cranked Bike Studio at 920-720-0800 Gear n Up has a weekly Thursday night ride at 6pm. Contact Gear n Up at 920-722-2949 Wheel & Sprocket has a weekly Wednesday Evening Ride at 6pm. Child care is available at the Oshkosh YMCA. Contact Wheel & Sprocket at 920-232-090 Oshkosh Cycling Club coordinates several group rides. Visit the OCC website for more details. Fox Cities Cycling Association has a variety of group rides and events scheduled. See their calendar for more information.

For Active Aging

re:TH!NK, along with the Oshkosh Y, the Winnebago County Health Department, the Aging and Disability Resource Center, the Oshkosh Seniors Center, Winnebago County Parks & Recreation, and East Central WI Regional Planning Commission, have put together an activity guide designed especially for older adult residents. This "senior friendly activity guide" highlights local parks and trails that are ADA accessible, well lit, easy terrain, can be easily walked & biked (paved), has senior friendly equipment, and is low cost or free.

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Click below to download the guide.


At Schools

Active Classrooms

Toolkits are being used by teachers to integrate movement breaks and physical activity, outside of physical education and recess, into the school day. Piloted by teachers from Oakwood and Oaklawn in 2012, example activities are explained for each grade level and each subject. The activities that the teachers liked the best are incorporated into this year's toolkit. For the 2014-15 school year there are more than 200 classrooms in 6 school districts in Winnebago County using the Active Classrooms toolkit!

Safe Routes to School

SRTSlogoEast Central Regional Planning Commission, parents, teachers and other concerned citizens are working to increase biking and walking to school. There are several SRTS Taskforces in Winnebago County. Each group has been working to complete walking and biking audits, conduct student and parent surveys and develop local action plans to promote students walking and biking to school safely. To learn more about a specific school district's taksforce activities, visit the Safe Routes to School website and click "local programs." 


In the Workplace

re:TH!NK supports and partners with local well workplace initiatives like Well City Fox Cities and Well Oshkosh (also called Oshkosh Area Businesses Focused on Health, Inc) and the Weight of the Fox Valley. Each group is collaborating to make it easier for employers to make healthy workplaces and healthier communities.

Another local initiative that has really brought local business leaders together is the Weight of the Fox Valley. Many re:TH!NK partners and residents are involved in the Worksite Wellness Action Team.  

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re:TH!NK is the community coalition of the Winnebago County Health Department. re:TH!NK would not
exist without support from our local partner agencies, organizations and community members.