active communities


In the Workplace

FFC-1In conjunction with National Employee Health and Fitness Day, a team of local wellness professionals have teamed up to bring you the 1st Annual Fox Fitness Challenge to take place Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

This 1-day program entails an individual challenge and a company competition. All participants from companies and organizations involved are eligible for prize drawings for exercising 30 minutes or more this day, and companies/organizations with the highest participation rate, broken down by company size, will win a traveling trophy donated by Neenah Foundry! Visit the Fox Fitness Challenge page for more details and tools to help implement the FFC at your business.


At Schools

Oshkosh Area School District has partnered with re:TH!NK to pilot several Active Schools intiatives at Oakwood, Oaklawn, Jefferson and Green Meadow Elementaries and Perry Tipler Middle School in 2013.

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.

Active Recess

Volunteers from the Oshkosh YMCA, UW Oshkosh, re:TH!NK and parent teacher organizations are leading active group play and organized activity two days a week at our parnter schools. Not only do students learn how to play the games but they become engaged in physical activity during most of their recess time.

Active After School

New this school year, the YMCA, in partnership with the Oshkosh Recreation Department is offering an Active After School program for middle school students at Perry Tipler. The program being piloted on early-release days in April and May. YMCA staff and volunteers will be leading 3, 30-minute activities, classes, skill building games and other physical activity opportunities for 6th-8th grade students. There is no cost but registration is required. Students at Tipler sign up through their homeroom teacher. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This is one of several recreational use agreements currently being developed in Winnebago County.

Safe Routes to School

East 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 Community

Information about Health in Planning coming soon...

Want to get out and ride 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.


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