Neenah Alcohol Sales Ordinance Remains

Neenah Alcohol Sales Ordinance Remains

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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Wellness Screen Completes First Year in Oshkosh

Wellness Screen Completes First Year in Oshkosh

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.

The Real Happy Hour

The Real Happy Hour

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.

Mental Health Share Shop Members Distribute 211 Posters

Mental Health Share Shop Members Distribute 211 Posters

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.

Drive Your Bike from Point A to Point B

Drive Your Bike from Point A to Point B

The goal of re:TH!NK’s Drive Your Bike campaign is to make bicycling more likely to happen. Using active transportation, like biking (or walking), is good for your physical and mental health, is good for the planet, and can keep a little more money in your wallet!

Whether it be to work, to the store, to the library or to the park, making a trip by bike can be easier than you think. Check out our Using Your Bicycle for Transportation guide to help make your trip easier and safer by bike: DriveYourBike_pamphlet_FV-2014

There are always several events happening in the greater Fox Valley area to celebrate bike week each year. These events are a great way to connect with others who like to bike, learn a new skill, and promote bicycling. Join in one today!

Farm 2 School Expanding in Winnebago County

Farm 2 School Expanding in Winnebago County

The Farm 2 School program has been rapidly expanding during 2013. Fun Food of the Month cafeteria tastings were held at all 16 Oshkosh elementary schools, sampling fresh, healthy, foods for K-5 students. re:TH!NK partnered with Fox Valley Technical College’s Culinary Arts Program and local restaurants to host chef events at 2 middle schools in Oshkosh. Students were able to see how to prepare healthy recipes and to try some new foods. Our Farm 2 School AmeriCorps member also provides classroom nutrition education in several public and private school systems in the county. Over 500 students at 8 schools received lessons from October through December. School gardens were built in two Oshkosh elementary schools during 2013, giving over 600 students the opportunity to get their hands in the soil and learn about growing vegetables.

re:TH!NK staff working on Farm to School and the food service staff from Omro, Winneconne, and Oshkosh schools teamed up in August 2014 to prepare and freeze over 1,250 lbs of Ratatouille sauce to add freshness and vitality to the school lunch menus. Locally grown tomatoes, squash, eggplant, peppers, onions, garlic, and fresh herbs from Wisconsin farms were used to make the sauce. Over 12,000 students had the opportunity to try the ratatouille in their school lunches on pizza or as a side dish.