A community that together achieves and maintains a healthy weight at every age.
February 2016
In this issue:
Above, Dr. Christina Economos presents at TEDxSomervilleOn March 8, 2016 Dr. Economos will be the keynote speaker at Wake Up with Weight of the Fox Valley.

Tipping the Scales
on Childhood Obesity

Despite recent declines in the prevalence among preschool-aged children, childhood obesity is a serious problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity now affects 1 in 6 children and adolescents in the United States.

But, there are efforts underway to change these statistics. You are invited to join us for Wake up with Weight of the Fox Valley (a free breakfast event) on March 8 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at Bridgewood Conference Center, Neenah. One of America's leading
experts on childhood obesity and our keynote speaker, Dr. Christina Economos, will tell us how we can leverage community resources to reduce childhood obesity in the Fox Valley. (Note that this activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ.) 
Register today
I am particularly excited to hear Dr. Economos because of her work with Shape Up Somerville, a 15-year-old strategy to build and sustain a healthier community in Massachusetts. Dr. Economos led the Shape Up Somerville study, demonstrating that it is possible to reduce excess weight gain in children. I often draw inspiration from their efforts for our local initiative to reduce obesity, Weight of the Fox Valley (WOTFV). WOTFV is working in Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties to achieve and maintain a healthy weight at every age.
To create community-wide change, both Weight of the Fox Valley and Shape Up Somerville have adopted an innovative approach called collective impact. Collective impact brings people from diverse organizations together to focus on the same goal. We hope you are able to join us for breakfast to learn more - we need the whole community working together to make an impact on this important issue.
Keren Rosenberg
WOTFV Program Manager 
Tip of the Month
Eating Healthy at Work - Desktop Snacks
Eating healthy snacks in between meals, can keep you alert and combat hunger.

Recipe of the Month
Black Bean Hummus
Recipes that are good for you AND tasty? Yes!  Try this Black Bean Hummus
"I took the pledge..."
"I took the pledge to stop eating after 7 p.m. and to walk an hour a day."
Contributed by:  Kurt Eggebrecht, 
Health Officer, Appleton Health Department

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
Ted Talk - How an obese town lost a million pounds
Oklahoma City is a midsized town that had a big problem: It was among the most obese towns in America. Mayor Mick Cornett realized that, to make his city a great place to work and live, it had to become healthier too!
March 2016

Wake Up with Weight of the Fox Valley
Breakfast Event
Tuesday, March 8
7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Bridgewood Conference Center, Neenah

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

Weight of the Fox Valley Worksite Action Team Meeting
Tuesday, March 8
9:15 to 11:00 a.m.
Bridgewood Conference Center, Neenah 
Register to attend

Weight of the Fox Valley Active Communities Action Team
Tuesday, March 8
9:15 to 11:00 a.m.
Bridgewood Conference Center, Neenah 
Online Worksite WellnessToolkit
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?
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
Our Winner - Barbara Herzog

Barbara Herzog a Board Member of the Oshkosh Area United Way is our Wellness Winner of the month. 
Barbara started her weight-loss journey in April of 2015 after a coworker asked her to judge dessert dishes for a fundraiser for Oshkosh Area United Way. Knowing that she needed to make changes in her lifestyle, Barbara joined Weight Watchers and a Fitness Center in order to keep track of her weight. Continue reading...
Food Fight
 Olive Oil vs. Coconut Oil
Both of these cooking oils are similar in calorie content, about 118 calories per tablespoon, but olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated fat (MUFA) while coconut oil tends to be higher in saturated fat.

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

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