re:TH!NK held its annual Legislative Breakfast on Friday, May 3rd. Over 20 elected officials representing school districts, city councils, village boards, law enforcement and state legislators attended the “building relationships for better health” discussing the health impacts of current issues like d
Doug Gieryn, Winnebago County Health Department Director/Health Officer, provided an overview of the five issues before attendees broke out into small groups for some lively conversation.
Thank you to our event planning team, our guest speakers/issue experts, and Leadership Council members who helped made this a successful breakfast! If you want more information about the legislative breakfast, please email us at rethink @ co.winnebago.wi.us
Jackie and Michele are rockstar leaders in the Sacred Heart Neighborhood area of Oshkosh! We first got to know Jackie when she began working with the re:TH!NK Social Connectedness Team to strengthen and build neighborly relationships in their area. As they worked with their neighborhood they learned more about what residents cared about and a specific challenge emerged. They heard concerns about children being able to safely cross Knapp Street on their way to school each day. Residents felt that cars were moving too fast, parking on both sides of the street made drivers seeing children and children seeing cars difficult, and the cross walk was not well defined. Michele, Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association core team member and St. Jude Parish (on Knapp St) staff, connected to the work of the neighborhood and joined Jackie in working to get safer crossing for children going to school and to church functions.
And idea to try out a better, safer, more visible type of crosswalk was imagined in late 2018 and Jackie and Michele have been important members of the project’s planning team since the beginning. They connected with residents and parish members to let them know about the project, called upon local businesses to be a part of the project, engaged youth and students in different tasks, and helped install what became a “pop-up crosswalk” on the corner of 5th Ave and Knapp St. in late April 2019.
We would like to offer a huge shout-out and thank you to leaders like Jackie and Michele for making our community a better place to live, work, and play!
re:TH!NK once again partnered with UWO’s Quest III “Politics of Food” to support the Healthy Food & Beverages Team’s Farm-to-Preschool initiative. Students prepared lesson plans to “Plant a Seed” and the “Two-Bite Club” which encourages increased consumption of vegetables and fruit in the early childcare setting.
UW Oshkosh Childcare, Davis Childcare and Chiemsee Castle welcomed UWO students in the program to visit their centers twice. Each child got to plant a seed and will either care for the seed at the center or bring the seedling home. Each family was provided care instructions and information on the “Two Bite Club”. The Two-Bit Club encourages kids to try something new with just two bites and we encourage families to try this at home too!
This initiative is a great way to encourage everyone to get a few bites of nutritious food and teaches where our food comes from! The kids enjoyed planting the seeds and asked lots of questions.
Shout out to Brent Buehler for helping the Alcohol Action team recruit students at Oshkosh North High School for the Junior year Communities project! Brent attended both the project pitch day as well as the project panel discussion day. Brent has also been a great help when it comes to meeting with festival organizers and CHEERS! trainings.
Shout out to one of the Youth Coalition’s newest members, Annabelle, for advocating for the protection of bike lanes on Westhaven Drive at the February 4 City of Oshkosh Sustainability Advisory Board meeting. The board was discussing and voting on their recommendation to the City Council whether to remove the designated bike lanes after a resident petition. Annabelle did an awesome job sharing why the bike lanes have been important for her to get to school, work, and just to enjoy Oshkosh! Check out a video of her testimony here.