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For Workplaces

Interested in learning more ways to help improve employee health and wellness? The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has put together a Worksite Wellness Toolkit that has all the resources your business needs to begin implementing wellness into every day on the job.

Looking to promote using a bicycle for transportation to your employees? Download our handy how-to guide.

Want something that can change someone's decision in an instant? Use re:TH!NK's point of decision prompts that gently encourage healthier behaviors right when a decision is going to be made.

If your business wants to take the next step to investing in the health of your employees and save on health care costs, the Wellness Council of Wisconsin and Weight of the Fox Valley have tools and resources to get you started.

For Schools

To get more activity incorporated into your school, use the Active Schools Toolkit develped by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction.

Also, a Community Recreational Use law was passed in 2012 to help remove the barrier of liability from schools, making it easier to open up school spaces for community use. The Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Public Health Law Center and Transform Wisconsin collaboratively developed two sample recreational agreement/facility use forms, a reference checklist, and a fact sheet that provides a general explanation of the liability protection provided by recreational agreements. Click this link to view the resources on the PHLC's website.

re:TH!NK and the Oshkosh Area School District teamed up with the Oshkosh YMCA to offer a new receational opportunity to students at Tipler Middle School during their early release days in April and May. 

 

For Individuals...

WHD logoThe Winnebago County Health Department coordinates physical activity classes for county residents 55 years and older. This includes a variety of healthy aging courses that can provide health education, physcial training and social support. Check the WCHD website for mored details, promotional handouts or call 920-232-3000.

ymca red rgb r LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a 12-week small group program designed for cancer survivors who have recently become deconditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease. Visit www.ymcafoxcities.org or www.oshkoshymca.org for more details or download the brochure.

 

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 group 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 920-232-0900. 
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. Winnebago Bicycle does group rides and other events. They also have some great ride maps on their website.

...And the Community

Area parks and recretaion departments offer a variety of classes and programs for all ages and great places to be active. Take advantage of these opportunities!

Neenah Parks and Recreation Dept  Menasha Parks and Recreation Dept Oshkosh Parks Department
Omro Parks and Recreation Dept Oshkosh Recreation Department Village of Fox Crossing Parks and Recreation Dept
Winneconne Parks Department Winnebago County Parks Department WI State Park System 

Want to find out what is happening in your community to make it more biker and pedestrian friendly? Check out the updated Oshkosh Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan. Don't live in Oshkosh? East Central Regional Planning Commission is your one-stop-shop for everything related to planning, especially open space recreation plans.

 

Check out Weight of the Fox Valley's Parks Map where you find parks for activity. This is an inventory of anything and everything related to physical actvity in the Fox Valley.

 

There are additional active living resources listed on our facts and links pages.

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