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.
The 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.
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.
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.
You can LIKE Forest County CAN! Coalition’s Facebook page to stay updated on 5210 Let’s Go!
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.
Community Calendar http://www.goforestcounty.com/
Let’s Move www.letsmove.gov
Physical Activity Guidelines http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/health/
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.
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.
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 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
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
Ratatouille Recipe (try this with the kids or create your own)