UWO’s Quest III “Politics of Food” Partnership

UWO’s Quest III “Politics of Food” Partnership

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.

Fourth Annual BikeOsh Event Set for May 11th

Fourth Annual BikeOsh Event Set for May 11th

BikeOsh is a free bike-themed event to promote using bike lanes, sharrows, trails and other bicycling amenities, local businesses and healthy living. This scavenger-hunt, Amazing Race-style event gives you a chance to try out using your bike for transportation and experience Oshkosh in a whole new way. The fourth annual BikeOsh is on Saturday, May 11 starting at 10am.

Use your pedal pass to get stamps at pitstops located all over the city. Start at any pitstop you choose. The more pitstops you get to, the more stamps you collect, the more tickets you receive for chances to win awesome prizes donated by our pitstop sponsors! Pedal passes will be available on event day at all pitstops, but we recommend you try picking one up prior to the event or download and print it here: Pedal Pass 2019

Go solo or as a group, but make sure you go on your bike. Helmets are strongly encouraged and follow all the rules of the road. Meet at the Oshkosh Seniors Center at 1pm for more fun and prizes!

Let everyone know you’re riding on May 11 on the BikeOsh event page. Use the hashtag #BikeOsh on social media to tell us how your ride goes.  Visit the BikeOsh Facebook page or follow @BikeOshkosh on Twitter for other updates and photos!

Member Spotlight: February 2019

Member Spotlight: February 2019

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.

Member Spotlight: February 2019

Member Spotlight: February 2019

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.

Welcome Allison!

Welcome Allison!

Welcome to Allison Laverty Montag! Allison is new to the Healthy Food & Beverage team this year and will be involved in the Farm to Early Care Initiative to help encourage increased consumption of veggies and fruit in early childcare programs. Serving as the team’s staff team chair, she will be involved in organizing coalition meetings, planning activities and creating social media content.

Allison has been with the Winnebago County Health Department for 9 years and is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor with WIC. We are excited to have Allison join us!

Member Spotlight: December 2018

Member Spotlight: December 2018

Thank You for Caring. Thank You for Being Amazing.

Vicky Redlin has been an active member of re:TH!NK for over five years. As staff of the Winnebago County Parks Department, her professional work and personal commitment to making it easier for residents to bike, walk, and be active makes her the perfect person to chair the Active Communities team where she introduced re:TH!NK to the concept of “Safe Routes to Parks.” She has also served on the Leadership Council since 2015 putting her creativity and community connections to good use. Vicky is a life-long resident of Oshkosh and her “historical” knowledge of the culture here proves invaluable. She even goes above and beyond, offering to proofread our eUpdates before they get sent out. Thank you Vicky for everything you do.