5210 Let’s Go!

5210 lets go

The Forest County CAN! Coalition for Activity and Nutrition and the Forest County Health   Department are starting a new quarterly health campaign 5210 Let’s Go!  The themes will  be Eating 5 or more fruits and vegetables, Limiting screen time to 2 or less hours per day, Getting at least 1 or more hour of physical activity, and Drinking 0 Sugary beverages. Each quarter we will focus on a new topic and provide you with more opportunities to be healthy.


1PictureThe Forest County CAN Coalition’s third quarter health campaign is focusing on getting 1 hour or more of physical activity each day.

Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases.  Fitting regular exercise into your daily schedule may seem difficult at first but you can reach your goals through different types and amounts of activity each week.

Children and adolescents should get one hour of physical activity per day and it should a mix of intense activity such as walking or biking, muscle- strengthening like push-ups or playing on playground equipment, and bone strengthening like jumping rope or basketball.

Adults should get at least 150 minutes of a mix of aerobic activities and muscle strengthening activities per week.  This might sound like a lot of time for someone who isn’t active but you can break it up into smaller chunks of time through out the day as long as you are doing a moderate to vigorous activity for at least 10 minutes.  Try going for a brisk 10 minute walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week.  This will give you a total of 150 moderate-intensity activity.

For even greater health benefits, adults should increase their activity to 300 minutes a week.  As you grow older, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.  It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age.  It also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day to day activities without becoming dependent on others.  If you have a disability or health condition and aren’t sure what types of exercise would be best for you, discuss it with your provider.

Not doing any physical activity can be bad for you, no matter your age or health condition.  Keep in mind, some physical activity is better than none at all and your health benefits increase with the more physical activity you do.

The coalition, along with other partners will be offering a Free Community Couch to 5K program for those individuals who would like to get ready to run or walk a 5K this summer.  There will be a kick off event and registration at the Crandon Public Library on April 1st at 5:30 pm.  Ministry Rehabilitation Services will provide tips and techniques and Paul Lamon will be at hand to offer optional body measurements.  Join us on our journey from beginner to runner in 8 weeks. 

The coalition is encouraging businesses, schools, day cares, churches, healthcare providers and community members to increase physical activity by providing incorporating physical activity into daily life, sponsoring activities, hanging posters, or participating in challenges.


CAN Newsletter


Couch to 5K flyer

Toolkit for schools/daycares/workplaces/home/individuals


Second quarter health campaign is focusing on 2 hours or less recreational screen time.

Health experts say this is the recommended amount and more than 2 hours a day can lead to health problems.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under two years old should not have any screen time and the focus should be interactive play. Older children should limit entertainment time to less than two hours of nonviolent programs.
Screen time includes the leisure time you spend in front of the TV, computer, video games, handheld games and devices, including smart phones. Too much of it can lead to decreased interest in school or other activities, poor grades, increased behavior problems, sleep problems, less physical activity, unhealthy snacking, and weight gain.

For many of us, limiting our screen time can be a real challenge.   Here are some tips to help you get started.  Track your family’s screen time and your physical activity time for a few days.  If you see room for improvement, start decreasing screen time 15 minutes per day.  Make a habit of eating meals together at the table and turn off all cell phones, computers and televisions while you eat.  Involve other family members in the meal preparation.  As a parent or caregiver, you can set a good example by setting limits, removing televisions from bedrooms, don’t use TV time as a reward, focus on fun alternatives, and choose programs that the entire family can watch together.  Instead of automatically turning on the television, sit down and read the newspaper or check out a book from your local library.

There are plenty of ways to stay active over the winter months.  Utilize the ski trails, try ice skating, build a snowman, go for a walk, check with your local schools as they allow use of the facilities with permission, join a club, take a fitness class, or go swimming at the local hotel.

The coalition is encouraging businesses, schools, day cares, churches, healthcare providers and community members to decrease screen time by providing healthy alternatives, sponsoring activities, hanging posters, or participating in challenges.


CAN Newletter

2 Campaign Poster

Toolkit for schools/daycares/workplaces/home/individuals

Winter activities


This fall is the time to encourage eating 5 or more fruits and vegetables daily.  This campaign is focused on spreading the word that healthy eating doesn’t have to be a lot of extra time and work.  Some ways to increase fruit and veggies are to add them to your breakfast cereal or omelet, add both fruit and veggies to your salads and toss with canola or olive oil based dressing, blend up fruits and vegetables to make your own juice, mix Greek yogurt with herbs to use a dip for fresh cut veggies.

The campaign will kick off with the second annual Healthy Harvest Day on September 7th at the Forest County Fairgrounds.  This is a free event for all ages.  It will start with a one mile walk and end with a Harvest Story.  There will be fruit and vegetable snacks, nutrition information, cook books, farmer market coupons, goody bags for the kids, games and activities through out the morning starting at 9 am.   Stay tuned for other activities this fall: taste testing in the schools, Farmers’ Market activities and a Diabetes education program in November.

The coalition is encouraging businesses, schools, day cares, churches, healthcare providers and community members to encourage increasing healthy eating habits by providing healthy snacks, increasing access to fresh foods, hanging posters, or participating in challenges. 


CAN newsletter

Posters – 5 campaign, 5210 Everyday, and Healthy Habits for Healthy Communities

Toolkit for schools/daycares/workplace/home/individuals

My plate

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Have you seen these signs around the county?  That’s because the Seasons of Health campaign is underway!  Brought to you by the Forest County CAN! and the Forest County Health Department.  These county-wide quarterly campaigns are focused on providing YOU with more opportunities to be healthy.



The Forth Season: make your move
 This is the fourth county-wide quarterly campaign that is focused on providing YOU with more opportunities to be healthy: this time by focusing on physical activity.  Get on board with make your move this summer, and look forward to a new season of health in the fall!Why Physical Activity? Strengthens your bones and muscles-Energy balance and weight control-Improves your mental health and mood-Lowers risk of heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure-Increases your chances of living longer
Physical Activity Guidelines:   Children and adolescents need 60 or more minutes per day.  Adults need At least 150 minutes per week.
How to Get Started:  You don’t need to join a gym to be physically active.    Start slowly to prevent injuries if you have not been active for a while. For example, take a brisk 10-minute walk twice a week to begin.  See the newsletter for more ideas and resources.

What Can You Do?
Worksites and other agencies-Sponsor a worksite exercise program or challenge-Give incentives for physical activity-Keep simple workout items at work-Start a walking program-Put in a bike rack.
Restaurants, grocery stores, and other food venues-Promote bike and walk to work programs- Sponsor a local sports team- Offer healthy pre and post exercise food and drinks.
Schools and Head Starts –Build physical activity into classroom lessons-offer activities before and after school-promote safe routes to school-active recess-allow community use of exercise facilities.
Day care providers-Take activity breaks- Take a walk to a neighborhood park- Be a role model.
Churches-Sponsor a walking program-Get youth groups involved with physical activities.
Healthcare Providers-Talk to patients about physical activity recommendations-Sponsor community physical activity events-Be a role model.
Libraries –Display exercise books and videos, partner with community groups to offer physical activity events.
Individuals-Be a role model for your kids-Walk or Bike instead of drive- take part in low cost family activities like parks, trails, swimming, tennis – Decrease screen time to 2 hours per day.

More Resources
Community Calendar   http://www.goforestcounty.com/
Let’s Move      www.letsmove.gov
Physical Activity Guidelines  http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/health/

ready. set. grow!

The Third Season: ready. set. grow!
The Seasons of Health campaign is continuing!  This is the third county-wide quarterly campaign that is focused on providing YOU with more opportunities to be healthy: this time by focusing on gardening.  Get on board with ready. set. grow! this spring, and look forward to a new season of health in the summer!
Gardening has many benefits beyond providing fresh foods for your family and saving at the grocery store.  Gardens are productive use of land, they provide a place to share culture and give a sense of spirit and pride.  Gardening is great exercise for any age and people who garden generally eat more fruits and vegetables.  There are also mental health benefits of gardening; increases a sense of well’being and decreases stress.  For more information about gardening see our newsletter.

What Can You Do?

Worksites and other agencies
-Sponsor a community garden plot or offer to volunteer supplies or labor-Promote gardening as a healthy activity- Start a garden exchange club at your worksite-Add some edibles to your floral boxes and planters.
Restaurants, grocery stores, and other food venues-Promote fresh locally grown produce-Offer a healthy garden salad as a special-Plant an herb garden or container garden and use fresh herbs in some of your entrees.
Schools and Head Starts –Incorporate gardening into classroom education and activities-Plant a container garden-Plant seedlings to take home for the garden or donate them to a community garden-Have a garden themed day.
Day care providers-Read stories about gardening-Plant a container garden and have the children help take care of it-Take a walk to a neighborhood garden.
Churches-Sponsor a community garden plot or consider starting your own-Get youth groups involved with gardening activities.
Healthcare Providers-Talk to patients about the health benefits of gardening-Encourage fresh vegetable and fruit consumption.
Libraries –Display gardening books-Host a gardening activity.
Individuals-Purchase locally grown foods, Start a small garden at your home or apartment building, Volunteer at a community garden.


Got Dirt?
Got Veggies?


be happy

The second health campaign is continuing!  The focus is on mental health and substance abuse prevention.  Get on board with “be happy” and look forward to a new season of health in the spring!

Another health priority in our community is reducing alcohol and other drug use to protect the health, safety, and quality of life for us all.
Goals include increasing responsible adult alcohol use and decreasing drug use, decreasing youth alcohol and drug use, and increasing awareness of treatment programs and support groups.

The newsletter has links to self tests for alcohol and drug abuse and depression screenings.  Also you will find a list of foods to help you stay on the right track.  Don’t forget about exercise.  Getting even small amounts of exercise every day will help your mood and keep you focused.

Are you concerned about your alcohol or drug use or abuse?

The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence has self assessment tests to help you review the role that alcohol and drugs plays in your life.
Self Test for Alcohol
Self Test for Drug
Self Test for Teens 

Where can you find help?

If you need help right away call 1-800-622-2255

Talk to a friend, relative, pastor or healthcare provider.

Click Here for a list of resources in Forest County.

What can YOU do?

Worksites, agencies, businesses, churches, schools, coalitions, libraries, health care providers, Law Enforcement, Local Government:  Offer information and AODA resources; partner with other community members on a social marketing campaign, Promote and Support community family events that are alcohol free.  Support the Above the Influence Campaign.

Other ideas:  Schools & Head Starts- Assess curriculum related to alcohol, tobacco and drugs.  Healthcare Providers- Explore AODA screening and brief intervention programs.  Law Enforcement, Local Government, Alcohol Retailers- Monitor alcohol sales to minors, support Responsible Beverage Server Trainings.

Parents:  Talk to your kids about alcohol and drug use, focus on the positive influences and beware of the negative influences in your children’s lives, be a role model for them.


The Community Guide
Drug Free
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institute on Mental Health


The first season of health slated for this fall is “eat well.”  This campaign is focused on spreading the word that healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring; in fact, it can be fun!

These campaigns are rooted in our community health plan’s health priorities for 2011-2015.  One of these priorities is adequate, appropriate, and safe food and nutrition.  The resulting goal is that by 2015, Forest County residents will increase healthy eating habits. Desired outcomes included that Forest County residents will understand the importance of consuming healthier foods and that Forest County worksites, schools, and businesses will implement strategies that support healthy eating.  These priorities, goals, and outcomes are based on a desire to see decreased rates of obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes, which are major health concerns in our county.

So what does this campaign include?

Forest County CAN! and Forest County Health Department
Harvest Walk/Run event on September 8th
WIC families are receiving a healthy Sesame Street Cookbook

Worksites and other agencies
Healthy options for cafeterias, lunchrooms, snack machines & meetings
Nutrition tips or posters in breakrooms

Restaurants, Grocery Stores, other Food Venues
Healthy menu items for a special
Post nutritional information for some menu items
Display a nutrition tip on your promo boards or placemats

Schools and Head Starts
Post nutrition tips on the website and school announcements
Send nutrition information home
Offer healthy options for fundraising, school vending machines, after school events
Integrate nutrition education into the classroom

Day Care Providers
Offer healthy snacks and meals
Give parents a list of healthy snack and meal items to purchase
Have the children help prepare a healthy snack
Read a story about eating well

Print nutrition tips in your bulletin
Encourage healthy foods at church functions and meals

Healthcare Providers
Talk to patients about healthy eating
Provide some simple tools to stay on track with healthy eating
Display nutrition information in your waiting areas

Display nutrition information and healthy eating resources
Host a community event, such as a cooking or food preparation class


Choose Myplate.gov
USDA nutrition.gov
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010
Eat Healthy Let’s Move

Ratatouille Recipe (try this with the kids or create your own)


Weight of the Nation


The Weight of the Nation:
Groundbreaking Documentary Series on Obesity Epidemic Debuts May 14 and 15

 The obesity epidemic is now recognized as one of the most pressing health issues facing the nation today. To draw attention to the issue, a public education campaign will be launched with the broadcast of “The Weight of the Nation,” a four-part documentary series on HBO starting on Monday, May 14.

 HBO will drop its subscriber fees during the premier and stream the episodes online at HBO.com, in English and Spanish, to make them widely accessible to the public.

 The documentary, three years in the making, takes a head-on look at the severity of the obesity crisis and its crippling effect on our health care system. It is a collaboration of HBO, and the Institute of Medicine, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health as an education effort to combat the obesity epidemic.

 “We encourage every adult and child in our community to watch and discuss these films. They will give all of us a reason to take action to support obesity prevention efforts like school wellness policies, the creation of safe walking and biking routes and better access to healthy foods,” Director of the Forest County Health Department, Jill Krueger, said. 

More than two-thirds of U.S. adults age 20 and over are overweight or obese, while nearly one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.  Forest County statistics are very similar.  If trends continue, close to half of Wisconsinites will be obese in seven years.

Obesity and overweight pose a major risk for serious chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. These conditions consume 80 percent of health care costs in the United States. Obesity-related medical expenses total billions of dollars each year in Wisconsin alone.

“Obesity is preventable, yet Wisconsin spends nothing on obesity prevention efforts,” Krueger said. “We have to take action to stop it. This documentary series is a step in the right direction.” 

The four films in The Weight of the Nation are:

  • Part 1: Consequences.  (Debut: Monday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. CT)
  • Part 2: Choices.  (Debut: Monday, May 14 at 8:10 p.m.)
  • Part 3: Children in Crisis. (Debut: Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Part 4: Challenges.  (Debut: Tuesday, May 15 at 8:10 p.m.)

To learn more about The Weight of the Nation, visit: www.hbo.com/weightofthenation
Join the conversation by “liking” the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theweightofthenation

Forest County Families Unplug!

Screen Free Week Turns Attention to Physical Activity

Forest County, Wis. (April 30, 2012) – Families across Wisconsin and the nation will pull the plug on TVs, computers and digital devices during Screen Free Week, April 30-May 6.

Kids who spend less time in front of TV and computer screens in the early years tend to do better in school, have a healthier diet, be more physically active and are better able to engage in schoolwork in later elementary school.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under 2 and less than 2 hours per day for older children, yet the average 8-18-year-old spends upwards of 7 hours per day in front of a TV or computer, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study.

The Forest County CAN! Coalition is encouraging families to spend the week being physically active with friends and family members. Parents and other adults can set a good example by limiting their own screen time and helping kids unplug. To address screen time overload for children of all ages, adults can:

Keep TVs and computers out of children’s bedrooms

Eat meals around the table rather than around the TV

Set screen time limits that are age appropriate

Suggest other developmentally appropriate activities for young children

Set a good example by limiting their own screen time

Embrace play and physical activity as a way to build relationships between children and adults

For more information about how to go screen free, visit www.screenfreeweek.org

101 Screen-Free Activities

At Home

1. Listen to the radio.
2. Write an article or story.
3. Paint a picture, mural or room.
4. Write to the President, your Representative, or Senators.
5. Read a book. Read to someone else.
6. Learn to change the oil or tire on a car. Fix something.
7. Write a letter to a friend or relative.
8. Make cookies, bread or jam and share with a neighbor.
9. Read magazines or newspapers. Swap them with friends.
10. Go through your closets and donate items or have a rummage sale.
11. Start a diary/journal.
12. Play cards.
13. Make crafts to give as gifts. Try a new craft.
14. Do a crossword puzzle or play Sudoku.
15. Save money: cancel your cable TV!
16. Learn about a different culture. Have an international dinner.
17. Teach a child some of your favorite childhood games.
18. Study sign language.
19. Write a letter to your favorite author.
20. Cook dinner with friends or family.
21. Make cards for holidays or birthdays.
22. Play chess, bridge, or checkers.
23. Play charades.
24. Have a cup of coffee and a conversation.
25. Repair or refinish a piece of furniture.
26. Make a wooden flowerbox.
27. Wake up early and make pancakes.
28. Read a favorite poem. Read poems by poets new to you.
29. Learn about native trees and flowers.
30. Plan a picnic or barbecue.
31. Go bird watching. Learn the names of local birds.
32. Walk the dog. Wash the dog.
33. Plant a garden. Work in your garden.
34. Take a nature hike.
35. Feed fish or birds.
36. Watch the night sky through binoculars and identify different constellations. Observe the moon.
37. Learn to use a compass.
38. Take photographs and then organize them into an album.
39. Do yard work.
40. Go camping.
41. Take an early morning walk.
42. Climb a tree.
43. Watch a sunset; watch the sunrise with a friend. 

Around Town
44. Attend a community concert. Listen to a local band.
45. Visit the library. Borrow some books.
46. Visit a local bookstore.
47. Visit the zoo.
48. Visit the countryside or town. Travel by bus or train.
49. Attend a religious service.
50. Walk to work or school.
51. Attend a live sports event.
52. Look for treasures at a yard sale.
53. Try out for a play. Attend a play.
54. Collect recycling and drop it off at a recycling center.
55. Learn to play a musical instrument.
56. Go to a museum. 

On the Move
57. Go roller skating or ice skating.
58. Go swimming. Join a community swim team.
59. Start a community group that walks, runs or bikes.
60. Organize a game of touch football, baseball, or softball in the local park.
61. Go for a bicycle ride.
62. Learn yoga.
63. Play soccer, softball or volleyball.
64. Play Frisbee.
65. Workout.
66. Go dancing. Take a dance class.
In Your Community
67. Organize a community clean-up or volunteer for charity.
68. Become a tutor.
69. Join a choir. Sing!
70. Start a bowling league.
71. Visit and get to know your neighbors.
72. Start a fiction or public policy book group.

With the Kids
73. Make paper bag costumes and have a parade.
74. Design a poster for Screen-Free Week.
75. Discover your community center or local park activities.
76. Blow bubbles.
77. Draw family portraits.
78. Build a fort in the living room and camp out one night.
79. Research your family history and make a family tree.
80. Invent a new game and teach it to your friends.
81. Make a sign to tape across the TV during Screen-Free Week.
82. Play hopscotch, hide & seek, or freeze-tag.
83. Organize a neighborhood scavenger hunt.
84. Play board games with family and friends.
85. Clean up or redecorate your room.
86. Make puppets out of old socks and have a puppet show.
87. Write a play with friends. Perform it at a nursing home.
88. Construct a kite. Fly it.
89. Go on a family trip or historical excursion.
90. In the snow, go sledding or make a snowman.
91. Create a collage out of pictures from old magazines.
92. Shoot hoops with friends. Play a round of H.O.R.S.E.
93. Make a friendship bracelet.
94. Create a cookbook with all your favorite recipes.
95. Tell stories around a campfire.
96. Plan a slumber party.
97. Bake cakes or cookies and invite friends for a tea party.
98. Construct a miniature boat and float it on water.
99. Write a letter to your grandparents. Make a special card.
100. Create sidewalk art with chalk.
101. Everyone!!! Have a huge party to celebrate a Screen-Free Week!

Courtesy of Campaign for a Commercial- Free Childhoods