A community that together achieves and maintains a healthy weight at every age.
January 2016
In this issue:

The New Year is here and it's never too late to make a New Year's resolution. According to a 2014 University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology study, 45% of Americans make a New Year's resolution, but only 8% are successful in achieving it. And, can you guess what the most popular resolution is? You got it - to lose weight.
Workplaces are prime settings to implement healthy habits, since employed adults spend the majority of their waking hours at work. 
The January newsletter is focusing on Worksite Wellness and includes ideas, tips and recent updates from our Worksite Action Team.
Happy & Healthy New Year,
Keren Rosenberg
WOTFV Program Manager 
Tip of the Month
Healthy Eating at Work 
Eating healthy at work can be challenging. Here are some quick tips to get you on the right track.

Contributed by: Julia E. Salomón, MS, RDN, CD; Community Health Improvement Leader, Affinity Health System 

Recipe of the Month
Baked Apple Chips 
Recipes that are good for you AND tasty? Yes! Try these Apple Chips 
"I took the pledge..."
to stop skipping meals and eat three regular meals each day
Contributed by: Sue Panek, Executive Director, Oshkosh Area United Way

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
What is Worksite Wellness?
Healthy and safe employees are the key to success for any business-and for the overall economy.

Weight of the Fox Valley Food System Action Team Meeting
Tuesday, February 1
8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Boys and Girls Club of Menasha

Weight of the Fox Valley Worksite Action Team Meeting
Tuesday, February 16
7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
United Way Fox Cities
Register to attend

Weight of the Fox Valley Active Communities Action Team
Tuesday, February 23
7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Mosaic Family Health Clinic 

Wake Up with Weight of the Fox Valley
Breakfast and Keynote
Tuesday, March 8
7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Bridgewood Conference Center, Neenah
Worksite Wellness - Updates
Wake Up for Wellness: An Event for Business and Community Leaders
Written by: Kristin Johnson, Membership Development Assistant, YMCA of the Fox Cities; WOTFV Worksite Action Team Member

Wake Up for Wellness was an energizing early morning fitness event that brought Fox Valley leaders together to shine a light on the importance of workplace wellness. View coverage of the event on Fox 11.

Online Worksite Wellness Toolkit
If you have a worksite wellness program or if you are just getting one started, the Weight of the Fox Valley Worksite Wellness Toolkit is a resource for you to read about local wellness programs that work, get worksite wellness tips, and get connected to both local and national wellness resources. What's included in the toolkit?
Worksite Wellness Insider: Worksite Wellness - What is it?
Written by: Aaron Hunnel, CWP Worksite Wellness Professional, WOTFV Worksite Action Team Member

What do you want from your worksite wellness program? Maybe better health and productivity? Or perhaps, better employee engagement and improved organizational culture? Whatever you're wanting, worksite wellness can create value for any organizations willing to add this trending business benefit. Continue reading...
Worksite Wellness in the Fox Valley
Survey Results
Written by: Carri LaPlant, 
Health Promotion Program Coordinator, Aurora Health Care; WOTFV Worksite Action Team Member

According to a survey that was conducted by Weight of the Fox Valley Worksite Action Team during late 2015; 42% of  Fox Valley responding organizations do not offer any level of wellness initiatives to their employees. 
An online survey was distributed via local Chambers of Commerce Channels to their membership in the Outagamie, Calumet and Winnebago counties. Survey results found that of the 58% who do offer worksite wellness, 68% of those organization offer health risk assessment, 60% offer biometric health screening and 57% of them have a worksite wellness committee in place. Review a summary of the results.

The Worksite Wellness Action Team's goal is by 2017 to increase to 75% the Fox Valley organizations that offer some level of worksite wellness programming that is geared toward achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

To accomplish this goal, support and mentoring will be offered to the 42% of local organizations who currently do not have worksite wellness programs. The Employer Wellness Survey will be conducted again in mid-2016 to gauge progress and conducted in 2017 to conclude the three year initiative.
Register Now!
Tipping the Scales on Childhood Obesity
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.

Note that this activity has been approved for
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Other educational credits:  Provided by MetaStar. Learn more about continuing education credits

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, She has appeared on NBC Nightly News, ABC, Nightline, NPR, CNN, and the Wall Street Journal.

WOTFV in the News 
Don't miss a great article on Weight of the Fox Valley. Read here
Ask a Local Expert
Do you have a question about exercise, physical activity or eating healthy?
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
Fox Valley Leaders Speaking (New Video!)

Worksite wellness is a trending business venture that empowers employees to bring their best selves to work each day. As such, leadership buy-in is paramount for any wellness program to generate momentum and employee engagement. 
In this video, Fox Valley Presidents and CEOs explain the value that worksite wellness holds in their respective organization.

Wellness Winners in this video: Bill Breider, YMCA Fox Cities; Gene Miels, Oshkosh Door Company; Dave Gross, SECURA Insurance;  Dr. Mary Pfeiffer, Neenah School Districts; Jim Kotek, Menasha Corporation, Jim Lindberg, A to Z Vending; Marne Keller-Krikava, J.J Keller & Association, Inc.

Thank you for sharing your inspiring success stories! 
Food Fight
Sour Cream vs. Non-fat, Plain Greek Yogurt 
Both provide a creamy, tangy taste to your favorite dishes, but sour cream is higher in fat and calories while Greek yogurt provides more protein and, for the most part, fewer calories.

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