This summer the Forest County Coalition for Activity and Nutrition (CAN) encourages people of all ages to get up and get out to enjoy the beautiful scenery and improve your health by completing our 100 Mile Challenge. The challenge starts June 1st and ends August 31st and you can walk, run, stroll, bike or paddle your way to 100 miles! Physical activity decreases your risk of disease, makes you stronger, improves your mental health and helps you sleep better. It is also a great way to socialize and connect with others.
Keep track of your miles on the tracking log and turn them in at the end of August. Those who complete 100 miles or more will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card and will also be added to our 100 Mile Club list of all people who completed the challenge.
There are some other great programs this summer that you won’t want to miss and will help you reach your mile goal. Jessica Keao will be helping Forest County get 5K ready with a 6 week couch to 5K. The Forest County Humane Society is hosting a Run for the Cause 5k on Fourth of July Weekend. You can stay tuned of current events on the Forest County Chamber of Commerce Website at www.goforestcounty.com.
Also, Forest County has received designation as a Scenic Byway in honor of two of its nationally recognized resources; the Wolf River and the Nicolet National Forest. A variety of recreational opportunities are available ranging from activities on the multi-use trail systems to water based sports. There will be a mobile friendly website that will allow you to explore the Byway’s trails maps with parking information, campgrounds and more. If you have ever wanted to visit some of the walking/hiking trails but you are not sure where to go or how to get there, we have user friendly trail maps available here at the Forest County Health Department. If you want to get your heart pumping, we recommend using the Crandon pedestrian trail heading towards the school. This trail isn’t the same as back in the day: up-hill both ways- but offers great cardio!
Visit the Health Department at the courthouse in Crandon or a Forest County library to pick up a packet or go to http://www.forestcountycan.org/ to print your own. The website will have other resources and links to help you along the way. Like us on Facebook to follow the progress and get more tips. If you have questions about your health or your activity level, please talk with your doctor. Please feel free to call us with any questions at 715-478-3371.