Kids LiveWell is a national program of Healthy Dining Finder and the National Restaurant Association. re:TH!NK has partnered with the Wisconsin Restaurant Association to bring this program to Winnebago County. We hope we learn from this pilot project as it will inform other healthy restaurant initiatives.
Kids LiveWell helps parents and children select nutritious kids meals when dining out. Kids LiveWell meals are low in calories, sodium, fat, and sugar, and contain fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy for a nutritionally balanced meal!
Find a Kids LiveWell restaurant anywhere in the country by downloading the free Kids LiveWell Mobile App from iTunes or visit the Kids LiveWell Webpage.
Alcohol outlets are places where alcohol is sold, either to drink on the premises (on-sale outlets, which require a Class B license) or off premise (off-sale outlets, requiring a Class A license). Alcohol outlet density indicates the number of physical locations where alcohol is sold per population or geographic area such as a square mile, census tract, or city block.
In 1977, the City of Neenah decided to not issue Class A licenses to any business dispensing gasoline. This was because of an increase in alcohol related problems in the city (Article IV. ALCOHOL BEVERAGES, Section 4-95 (e). –Restrictions, Code of Ordinances, Neenah). In late 2015, convenience store owners appeal to the Neenah City Council to repeal the ban, with the claim that it puts convenience store owners at a competitive disadvantage compared to surrounding communities. The purpose of the ban is to reduce alcohol related harm.
Numerous studies have shown that alcohol outlet density is significantly related to the level of alcohol related harm that neighborhoods experience, particularly violence. Members of re:TH!NK spoke with Neenah City Council on this matter. The Council voted in early 2016 to hold up the alcohol sales limits.
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Garden bars are a new way the Oshkosh Area School District is enhancing their Farm to School program, making it easier to offer more Wisconsin-grown fresh produce to the students. Research has shown that garden bars in school lunches increase the children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables. When offered a wider variety of fresh, healthy food options on the garden bars, the students are more willing to try new items, and to eat more of their favorites. This helps them to develop habits that support healthy eating over their lifetime.
Garden Bars at OASD focus on offering fresh vegetables and fruits, initially to include one fresh fruit, one frozen or canned fruit, leafy salad greens, and up to three additional vegetables. The Garden Bars are positioned as the first serving area encountered in the lunch line, since fruits and vegetables are required meal components and the colorful display of produce will entice children to choose these components. A cyclic menu coincides with the school lunch menu and work with the existing Farm to School Program to integrate fresh, locally grown products. Local partners like re:TH!NK helped to introduce the bars with volunteers at each new Garden Bar site to help children make good choices, and to hand out buttons, stickers, or other promotional materials.
It has been a successful first year for the Connected Community Wellness Screen program at Oshkosh North and West High Schools! In collaboration with re:TH!NK’s Healthy Lifestyles Committee and the Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD), Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley first implemented the Wellness Screen in Oshkosh North and West High Schools in fall 2014 and has continued to screen students through the spring 2015 semester. Screening has been available to all students at both schools through parental and student consent.
The Connected Community Wellness Screen is a free and voluntary resource for students who want to have a mental health “check-in” and is a great program to ensure mental well-being for students. Two of WCHD’s AmeriCorps Members assisted the Samaritan counselors working for the Wellness Screen by walking the students through the screening and debriefing with them afterward. Over 200 students completed the screening in Oshkosh.
re:TH!NK and the Winnebago County Health Department was proud to support this necessary tool to assist teens in connecting with local mental health resources and providers.
Real Happy Hour is a regional initiative within Outagamie, Calumet and Winnebago counties partnering to promote quality family time. Family mealtime is an opportunity to talk, listen and connect in order to strengthen family bonds which can reduce the risk of substance abuse, childhood obesity, and mental health problems.
Did you know: Children and teens who eat frequent meals with their families live healthier lives. Family meals reduce youth substance abuse. Children and teens who eat frequent family meals have better relationships with their families.
Visit therealhappyhour.org for more information.
re:TH!NK’s Mental Health Share Shop (MHSS) has been working hard to distribute 211 posters throughout Winnebago County. 211 posters raise visibility of “No Health without Mental Health“- in the community, as well as how to access mental health providers and resources. Distribution has been ongoing by Winnebago County Health Department AmeriCorps Members and MHSS members at large.
As of December 2014, 463 posters have been placed on local community boards, businesses, and restroom stall doors. Funding for these posters was provided by the Winnebago County Health Department and the Child Death Review Team.