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!
Corey Sagehorn, the staff liaison to the re:TH!NK Alcohol Action Team, left us on October 23, 2019. She has accepted a position with Springbuk as a Health Analyst. She is very excited for this new adventure in Indiana. Thank you for your dedication to the team, community partners, and residents of Winnebago County.
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
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.
Grace Halstead has been an advocate in the re:TH!NK Youth Coalition for five years. She first got involved in FACT, the statewide, youth-led tobacco prevention movement, at Tipler Middle School and has been advocating for tobacco-related issues ever since. Grace played a key role in advocating for tobacco-free parks in the city of Oshkosh, and her hard work and dedication paid off last January when the Advisory Park Board passed a citywide tobacco-free parks rule! Grace has always been a team-player and motivator for the re:TH!NK Youth Coalition and has grown into a leader. It’s been awesome to see Grace find her voice and use it to improve Oshkosh. Thank you Grace!
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!