Welcome to re:TH!NK’s newest AmeriCorps member Paige Swanson and team support staff Corey Sagehorn!
Paige is serving re:TH!NK with Wisconsin HealthCorps for 2018-19. She was born and raised in Beloit, Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise and Fitness at UW-Oshkosh. Paige decided to serve with AmeriCorps to gain experience working in public health.
Corey started working with the Winnebago County Health Department in July as a Community Health Strategist. She is from Neenah and went to school at Purdue before earning a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Corey will be working to support the re:TH!NK Alcohol Action team.
The Active Communities Team presented the concept of Safe Routes to Parks (SRTP) to the Stevens Park Neighborhood Association at their September association meeting. Team members explained what SRTP is all about, how safety and access to a park can be improved by completing a SRTP audit, why making it easier and safer to walk and bike to a park is important for health, and how residents can be involved in the process.
The association is interested in working with the team to gather residents to complete a SRTP audit and provide feedback to the team from the auditors perspective. The team looks forward to working with Stevens Park in spring of 2019.
What’s better than spotlighting one re:TH!NK member? Well, shining the spotlight on two of course! That’s why we couldn’t recognize Trish Nau, Parks Planner from East Central WI Regional Planning Commission without also recognizing Pete Ehlert, Community Programs Officer with Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office for their work with the Active Communities team’s Safe Routes to Parks audits. The team has been working on making it easier and safer for residents to walk and bike to their local park and both Trish and Pete have gone the extra mile to help set the team up for future success. By sharing important resources like parks and routes audit tools, lending their expertise to create summary reports of the audit findings, and working with other team members and community partners, the Active Communities team is now moving into the next phase of their action plan. Thank you to this dynamic duo!
C-r-u-n-c-h-! Every year in October, the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch celebrates National Farm to School Month by asking everyone to crunch into locally grown apples at noon. The Great Apple Crunch is a fun and engaging event to promote our region’s apple orchards, celebrate healthy eating, and connect rural and urban communities together. Their mission is to support farm to cafeteria efforts. This year’s Great Apple Crunch is on Thursday, October 11, 2018.
Agencies and organizations throughout the region of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio participate in the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch. Last year 1,543,781 people of all ages across the region crunched on locally grown apples! Participants are invited to help reach the goal of 1.7 MILLION CRUNCHES this year!
Sign up your school, early care center, workplace, or organization by 4 pm on Friday, September 29, to receive Crunch stickers and the updated 2018 Crunch Guide. Register here and check our the Crunch Facebook page!
Hats off to Alexa Naudziunas from the City of Oshkosh Planning Services Division! She’s re:TH!NK’s June Member Spotlight. For the past three years Alexa has coordinated a stakeholder team for BikeOsh, a unique event that has grown in popularity and participation. Her ability to connect partners, businesses and community members has lead to more people out on bikes, using the bike/ped facilities and exploring what the City of Oshkosh has to offer.
Alexa has also worked with Communities at Oshkosh North on the event. She meets with the students who chose to work on the event, coordinating tasks and logistics to make the event run smoothly. The student get valuable real-world experience and BikeOsh gets an energetic group of leaders to help run the event.
In addition to the BikeOsh event coordination, Alexa keeps Oshkosh and Fox Valley residents engaged and in-the-know on important and interesting bicycling related news through the BikeOsh Facebook page. Alexa is also the staff liaison for the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, overseeing the implementation of their bicycle and pedestrian plan.
Thank you Alexa for all the work you do to make it easier for people to walk, bike and be active, and for making it easier, safer, more convenient and more fun to ride a bicycle in Oshkosh.