A community that together achieves and maintains a healthy weight at every age.
December 2015
In this issue:
Happy and Healthy Holidays!

As 2015 draws to a close, we would like to wish you Happy and Healthy Holidays! 

Thanks to all of you for your collaboration and support in leading our community to a healthier future. We can't wait to see what the New Year brings and look forward to working with all of you in 2016!



Keren Rosenberg
Program Manager
Weight of the Fox Valley
Tip of the Month
Avoid Holiday Stress
The holiday season is a time to get together with family and friends and to enjoy one another's company, but for many people the holidays can also be a time of sadness (missing people no longer with us) and negative stress.

Read tips for avoiding holiday stress 
contributed by 
James Cruthers, MS, CSAC, ICS, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor at ThedaCare.



Recipe of the Month
Cinnamon Baked Apples with Tangerines & Cranberries
Recipes that are good for you AND tasty? Yes! Try these Cinnamon Baked Apples submitted by Brenda Leigh, MS, RD at ThedaCare.


"I took the pledge..."
to maintain throughout the holiday season.
"With the holiday season in full swing, my pledge is to "maintain" throughout the holiday season!  I will do this by consciously focusing on vegetable and fruit options first, and by finding time for daily walks.- Margie Harvey, HR VP, Silver Star Brands

You can  Take the Pledge! Choose something you can routinely do to live a healthier life within your family or your community.
Video of the Month
Healthy Salad Lunch
Make a nice healthy salad jar to take to work for your lunch!. Layer the produce in the right order so you can prepare two or three salads in advance without the produce getting soggy or bruised.
Make a healthy salad jar to take to work for your lunch!. Layer the produce in the right order so you can prepare two or three salads in advance without the produce getting soggy or bruised.
Calendar
JANUARY

Weight of the Fox Valley Food System Action Team Meeting
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Boys and Girls Club of Menasha

Weight of the Fox Valley Worksite Action Team Meeting
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
United Way Fox Cities
Register to attend

Weight of the Fox Valley Active Communities Action Team Meeting
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Mosaic Family Health Clinic

MARCH

Wake Up with Weight of the Fox Valley
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Bridgewood Conference Center, Neenah
Did you know?!
Holiday Weight Gain
It is commonly asserted that the average American gains 5 lb (2.3 kg) or more over the holiday period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

Did you know that research shows weight gained during the holidays generally won't be lost later?!
Check this out.
Save the Date
March 8, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
The next Wake Up with Weight of the Fox Valley Breakfast Event will take place on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Bridgewood Conference Center, Neenah.

Dr. Christina Economos, Associate Professor of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and Director of ChildObesity180 will be our speaker. Dr. Economos, a nationally recognized expert on obesity, will present the Shape Up Somerville initiative. More details will follow. The event is free and open to the general public! Read more about our keynote speaker, Dr. Economos...

Ask a Local Expert
Do you have a question about exercise, physical activity or eating right?
Weight of the Fox Valley is able to help! We have access to local experts who are willing to answer your questions on healthy living. 

To access this confidential service, simply go to a topic under the "Healthy Living" section of our website and click on "Ask the Expert." Type in your question and a local expert will answer you as soon as possible!

Wellness Winners
Our Winner: Josh Kilgas
Joshua Kilgas, a Resource Development Officer within United Way Fox Cities, is our change agent of the month. Josh decided to make the change to a healthier lifestyle around two year ago, in order to improve his overall health and lower his blood pressure. Originally, Josh's goal was simply to lose weight and improve his health, but goals changed as he continued his journey. Josh said that the mentality about health and his lifestyle seemed to shift, and the negatives disappeared. Instead of being apprehensive about exercise and healthy eating, Josh says, "Now I crave healthy foods... I went from hating running to liking it, going from one minute of running to up to 20 miles." In his mind, exercising and eating right can be just as much as a craving as any unhealthy habits or foods. Thanks to his "cravings," Josh is now training to run his first marathon in September 2015. Read more about Josh's story.

Every month we will feature a person from the community with an interesting story. We will choose an individual who has been living a healthy lifestyle or a person who made a change in his/her life to adopt healthier habits.

The Wellness Winners post will include a photo, background and details about the person. We are not necessarily looking for professionals (athletes or professional basketball/football players), but we are looking for everyday winners in life! Submit your story to become a Wellness Winner!
Food Fight
Butter vs. Margarine
Both are sources of fat. Butter is made from animal fat and contains more saturated fat than margarine, which is made from vegetable oils.  


Contributors: Julia E. SalomnMS, RDN, CD; Community Health Improvement Leader, Affinity Health System and Courtney Immel, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Dietetic Intern, Affinity Health System

Questions? 
Contact: Keren Rosenberg
Weight of the Fox Valley Manager

We appreciate your continued interest in creating a community that together achieves and maintains a healthy weight at every age.

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