Think Local with the Northeast WI Food Hub
The Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Food Hub helps restaurants, schools, hospitals, and other institutions in our area to purchase locally-grown food from area farmers and producers. The Food Hub is an online marketplace that handles the administrative and financial aspects of the purchases; allowing institutions and farmers to build strong relationships that focus on providing delicious, locally-grown/produced foods such as produce or yogurt for our residents. The NEW Food Hub is an important part of area Farm to School programs.
Food Hubs really are a win-win solution that help to support the local economy and provide delicious and nutritious food for community members. They help producers by offering assistance in business development strategies, training in food storage, safety, and delivery, and technical assistance. They help institutional buyers by connecting them with farmers for various purchasing needs. They help consumers by increasing accessibility and raising awareness of where their food comes from.
For more information about the NEW Food Hub, please visit: http://www.goodwillgrows.org/
re:TH!NK Workshop on ACEs a Success!
On September 14, 80 community members and leaders attended re:TH!NK's workshop on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) at Miron Construction in Neenah, and it was very well-received! re:TH!NK welcomed Kasey Kaepernick, a Wisconsin ACE Interface Master Trainer and Trauma Informed Care Coordinator for Waupaca County, to provide this free training on how early childhood trauma can have long-lasting negative health effects. For more information about ACEs, check out the CDC website and the Wisconsin Children's Trust Fund.
CHIP 2010-2014 Implementation Reports
A Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a document that helps local health departments meet the needs of their local community. The Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD) just completed implementation of its 2010 CHIP, so we put together reports documenting the progress that has been made in each priority through collaboration with WCHD and re:TH!NK's partners. Check out the reports on WCHD's website (priorities are listed under "Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Info") and see how you can get involved with the 2015 CHIP process!
Senior Friendly Activity Locations
As part of the promotion of National Senior Health & Fitness Day, several older adult and senior service agencies in Winebago County put together a new map of senior-friendly activity locations.
To view a larger version of the map, or to download the full brochure, click on our active communities page.
Choose a 'SmartPlate' at Local Restaurants
We've partnered with several area restaurants to bring you SmartPlate, a new initiative highlighting menu items that get a "thumbs up" from local health professionals. Check out the the re:TH!NK food & nutrition page or the SmartPlate website to learn more about this project.
Learn mental wellness tips with re:TH!NK's #MentalHealthMonday!
Every Monday, check out re:TH!NK's Facebook page for tips on how to improve your mental wellness! There's no health without mental health, and taking care of your mental health can help you on your way to overall wellness. We're also posting about mental illness awareness and suicide prevention in our community, so keep an eye out for those posts!