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Weight of the Fox Valley News


Vol. 2   Issue 6

June 2015


A community that together achieves and maintains a 

healthy weight at every age



Passport to Active Living


Thank you to all that have registered for the Passport to Active Living Challenge! Please help us to get to our goal of 1,500 people registered for the program by the June 30th deadline. If you have yet to sign up for the challenge, or have friends that have not signed up, please do so ASAP! You only have few weeks to do so!


Community members can pick up their passport at any of the following locations:

  • YMCA of the Fox Cities locations
  • Oshkosh YMCA locations
  • United Way Fox Cities
  • Calumet County Health Department

Passport to Active Living - Local Story


Monica Clare, Executive Director at St. Joseph Food Program and one of the participants in this: "The Weight of the Fox Valley initiative is a great reminder to all of us of the importance of staying active. There is something about recording activity that creates a reminder to us that we need to keep moving."


Over the past several weeks, clients using the services at St. Joseph Food Program have had the opportunity to visit a booth to sign up for the Passport challenge. Clare has been a champion for encouraging families at St. Joseph Food Program to participate, "I love that families can use the Passport as a way to teach their children about health while taking advantage of the great parks and trails in the Fox Valley Region - all while spending quality time together."

In the photo: Leah Thibodeau, Volunteer Coordinator and Monica Clare, Executive Director



Not only are dozens of St. Joseph Food Program clients registered, staff are taking on the challenge as well. Leah Thibodeau, Volunteer Coordinator at St. Joseph Food Program, said, "I'm so happy that my co-workers encouraged me to sign-up for The Weight of the Fox Valley's Passport to Active Living. It's given me the incentive I needed to make sure I am getting up and active on a more regular basis. We even started walking together at the end of our morning shift. Our bond as co-workers and friends is strengthened, and we notice a decrease in stress when we return to our desks. I'm glad to be part of this great, community-wide initiative."



Save the Date!  


Community Health Connection Breakfast Event will take place on Wednesday, July 15th from 7:30am to 9:00am at Bridgewood Conference Center, Neenah. The event is free and open to the general public. More details will follow.


Food System Action Team Meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 21st from 8:00am to 10:00am. More details (including location) will follow. 



Worksite Action Team


The Worksite Action Team was established a year ago and includes members from different sectors - wellness program directors, HR directors, companies and organizations leaders and individuals who are willing to make a change in the workplaces environment. The team has three sub-groups:


  • Worksite Wellness Online Toolkit Group- The main goal of this team is to enable access to local worksite wellness data. The online toolkit includes: local success stories, a monthly blog and resources. Prior to the work, the team sent a survey to gather information on the main interest of the local worksites. The main idea of the toolkit is to create local data that will help worksites in the Fox Valley area. In addition, some local wellness coordinators share their contact information on our website, in order to help companies build a worksite wellness program
  • Leadership Involvement Group- This team's goal is to engage CEOs and leadership teams to build wellness cultures that support employees in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. The team is working on a short video clip of local CEOs who are leading successful worksite wellness programs. When it's ready, the video will be sent to you.
  • Worksite Wellness Programs Group- The goal is to have 75% of Fox Valley companies adopt some level of evidence-based worksite wellness programming that helps employees achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Currently the team is finalizing a survey that will be sent to local companies in the Fox Valley area.

Join this team if you are interested in improving employee and family health through worksite wellness programs, including increasing healthy food options and providing opportunities for physical activity. For more information, please contact Keren Rosenberg, Program Manager at: keren.rosenberg@unitedwayfoxcities.org


We appreciate your continued interest in creating a community that together achieves and maintains a healthy weight at every age. If you have questions or know others that would like to be added to this newsletter please contact Deb Schmidt at deb.schmidt@unitedwayfoxcities.org


Have a happy and healthy summer!, 

Keren Rosenberg, Program Manager, Weight of the Fox Valley