Shout out to long-time coalition member Sarah Wright! She is the Program Manager for Weight of the Fox Valley (WOTFV) and has been an advocate for healthy eating and improved food systems in Winnebago County since joining re:TH!NK as a resident in 2011. Her passion for community health led the Winnebago County Health Department to hire Sarah on as staff in 2012 to lead re:TH!NK’s Farm 2 School efforts. She’s also had a leading role in healthy kids meals, Farm 2 Early Care and Education, and overcoming barriers to expanding local food markets. She has represented re:TH!NK and Winnebago County on numerous regional and statewide groups and committees including WI Farm 2 School Leadership Team, WI Healthy Food Systems Alliance, WI Local Food Network, and healthTIDE’s Healthy Food Retail Team. Sarah has been with WOTFV since 2017 and remains an active member of re:TH!NK’s Healthy Food & Beverages and Active Communities teams. Thank you Sarah for your dedication and passion!
Kudos to our partner, Davis Child Care, for educating the youth about the importance of healthy foods and gardening! Young friends at Davis Child Care have been learning about the process in which a little seed turns into a plant. The children have been taking the time to learn how to care for the plants. After the planet grows, the children also get to enjoy and taste what they have grown as a reward! Davis Child Care in Oshkosh understands the importance of growing the love of outdoors and tasty foods!
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.
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!
In 2018, re:TH!NK updated the mission statement and logo, worked on Safe Routes to Parks audits, educated youth about healthy food choices, partnered with the Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association, conducted Festival Scans, and finally reached its goal of tobacco-free parks in Oshkosh!
Along with our updated mission statement, each team now has their very own team logo! Team members gave input on final selections from a cohesive color palate. As re:TH!NK grows and evolves, so can our teams and their logos.