A community that together achieves and maintains a healthy weight at every age.
April 2016
In this issue:
Happy and Healthy Spring from Weight of the Fox Valley!


The Weight of the Fox Valley invites you to join our team in the National Bike Challenge, a fun and free program to encourage people to become more active.  We want everyone to participate on the team.  You don't have to be a fast or regular rider; all we ask is that you bike at least once a month.  Please join us today by clicking on the logo and reward yourself with an active and fun summer! 

"I took the pledge..."
"I took the pledge to maintain my health and be a healthy inspiration for my family by running 30 minutes, four days per week."
Contributed by:  
Rachel Koehler, Corporate Health Coach

You can  Take the Pledge! Choose something you can routinely do to live a healthier life within your family or your community.
Running Outdoors
Our Tip of the Month
Running is a great way to stay active! Learn more from our expert on how to begin by clicking on the title above!

Ben Benesh, PT, SCS; Sports Certified Physical Therapist; Aurora Certified Running Specialist; Aurora Health Care

Recipe of the Month
Fruit Salad
Looking for a quick and easy good for you dessert for Spring. . . click on the title above for the full recipe

Taylor Gawlik, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Dietetic Intern

3 Ingredient Berry Muffins
3 Ingredient Muffings
3 Ingredient Muffins
Quick, easy and healthy!
Coming Soon . . .
Eat Well for Less - New Initiative in a Grocery Store 
Simple easy meals with recipes located at Woodman's grocery store and Weight of the Fox Valley Website.
Use this hash tag to share with us your #MoveItMondayFV activity photos!

We use the hash tag #WOTFVevent to keep you informed of upcoming events such as quarterly meetings, activities (Bike Week, Walk to Work, etc.)
Save the Date!
  • Wake Up with Weight of the Fox Valley - The next breakfast event is scheduled on Thursday, June 23rd from 7:30 to 9:00am at Bridgewood Conference Center. More details will be announced soon.
  • Passport to Active Living 2016 arriving in June. More details will be announced soon.
-Fox Valley Bike Week  - May 16-20, 2016. Look for WOTFV Pit Stop. More details will be published on social media. 

May 2016

Weight of the Fox Valley Food System Action Team Meeting
Tuesday, May 3rd
8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Boys and Girls Club of Menasha

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

Weight of the Fox Valley Active Communities Action Team
Tuesday, May 24th
7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Mosaic Family Health Clinic
Wake Up Call From Childhood Obesity Expert

Dr. Christina Economos, a nationally renowned expert on the prevention of childhood obesity, was the keynote speaker at the March Wake Up with Weight of the Fox Valley event.
Although Dr. Economos presented some hard truths about the growing prevalence of childhood obesity, she also recommended practical steps for instigating community-wide change.
These simple steps include join the Billion Mile Race, consistently implement high quality School Wellness Polices, reduce community-wide sugar sweetened beverages availability and consumption - replace with water, serve child-size portions in every environment such as childcare, schools, restaurants and home and spread the message & advocate for change.
Family Dinner Night

What is family dinner night? It is an evening for participating families to come together to cook, to learn and to have fun. Many families try to juggle work, children's activities and other events which can be a challenge to sit down as a family and eat one meal together.  Family dinner night provides an opportunity to learn about cooking and getting the family at the table to spend quality time together while enjoying a pleasant meal.

Thank you Edison Elementary School for hosting the Family Dinner Night. We had a blast with participating families who came to school in the evening to cook, to learn, and to have fun.  They went through all the phases such as chopping, cooking, setting the table, and eating. Every one of the family members, including the little ones, took part.  We saw many budding chefs this evening!
The menu for the night included Muffin Tin Egg Bakes, Fruit Salad and Oatmeal Energy Bites. It was delicious!

Special thank you to Lori Bjelde from Edison Elementary School; Julia Salomón; UW-Green Bay Dietetic Interns for leading the sessions.
Wellness Winners
Our Winner - Toni Schinke

Toni Schinke is an Organizational Development & Marketing/Communications Assistant at United Way Fox Cities.  Her lifestyle change began with these words:

"I knew there was a better 'me' inside. You know you haven't been taking the best care of yourself, and it's time to be doing something about it."  

To continue reading her inspiring story,
click here.

Food Fight
White Bread vs. Whole-Wheat bread

Most bread is made of flour that comes from wheat grain kernels comprised of three parts: the bran, the endosperm and the germ. 
Some bread is considered "enriched" or "fortified." Bread that has been enriched means many of the lost vitamins and minerals, due to stripping the bran and germ from the whole grain, are artificially added back into the flour. Fortified refers to adding nutrients that were not present naturally in the grain. 

So which one is healthier for you?  The doughy verdict is...

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

Contact: Keren Rosenberg
Weight of the Fox Valley Manager

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