Walking Challenge encourages residents to trek (virtually) across Forest County

This summer the Forest County Coalition on Activity and Nutrition (Forest County CAN!) encourages people of all ages to get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Forest County, while at the same time improving their physical and mental health by participating in our 2020 Walking Challenge.   Physical activity decreases your risk of disease, makes you stronger, improves your mental health and helps you sleep better. 

This year’s challenge is a little different, as we are encouraging participants to virtually walk across Forest County!  This year, we have developed a tracking log that when completed, will have taken you on a 120-mile trek across Forest County.  This is an extra 20 miles than in years past; however, we know you can do it! 

Participants may begin to track their miles beginning June 1st.  Along the way, participants are encouraged to track their mileage on their log sheet and to periodically report their mileage on the Forest County CAN! website leader board.  Individuals that track their mileage online, will receive incentives via the United States postal service.  Those who complete 100 miles or more will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card and will also be added to the Forest County Health Department’s 100 Mile Club list of all people who have completed the challenge since it began in 2018. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we do ask participants in the Walking Challenge to keep the Wisconsin Department of Health physical distancing guidelines in mind when outside.  Those guidelines include maintaining a safe distance from others not in your household and respecting others’ space.  Most importantly remember that time spent outdoors being physically active keeps your mind and body healthy.  In fact, Wisconsinites are encouraged to get outside, stay safe, and be well.

To download your virtual tracking log, please register here. 

To request a tracking be mailed to you, please contact Michelle Gobert at 715.478.7797.     

The Forest County Health Department reminds us that If you have questions about your health or your activity level, please talk with your doctor. 

Become a Forest County Youth Advocate for Community Health!

Do you know a teen, or are you a teen that is interested in a health or wellness career or is interested in developing leadership skills related to community health?  If so, the Forest County Coalition on Activity and Nutrition (Forest County CAN!), in partnership with the UW-Madison Division of Extension Forest County, has a great opportunity for Forest County high school students interested in becoming a teen voice on the CAN! Coalition.

As a Forest County Youth Advocate for Community Health (YACH), teens will participate in Coalition monthly meetings, develop skills related to health and community development, work side-by-side with community members on projects related to health and well-being, and represent Forest County at State and National trainings. UW-Madison Extension educator Michelle Gobert will work with youth to ensure their voice is heard within the CAN! Coalition.  Representatives from all School Districts within Forest County are needed!

Teens interested in participating are encouraged to complete an application online here.  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27th.  For more information about the program, please call Michelle at 715-478-7797.

Community Snowshoe Event a Success!

The Forest County Coalition on Activity and Nutrition (CAN!) hosted a snowshoe event this past Saturday at Otter Springs Recreation Area. Nearly 50 participants of all ages and abilities got out and enjoyed the beautiful groomed trails and sunny weather. Hikers came from almost every community in Forest County and from as far as the Green Bay and Milwaukee areas.

Thanks to the Forest County Maintenance Department, the Forest County Highway Department and Town of Lincoln for a great job plowing the parking area and road at Otter Springs. Special thanks to the School District of Crandon for providing snowshoes for more than 10 first-time snowshoers. Everyone appreciated a fun outing because of the work that was put in prior to Saturday’s event.

Forest County CAN! Coalition is a coalition of community members, business owners, county agencies and non-profit organizations working together to improve the health and well-being of Forest County residents.  Information on Forest County CAN!, including future events, can be found at the website at www.forestcountycan.org or by following them on Facebook. 

Registration open for Community Snowshoe Event

There is no better way to begin snowshoeing than just going out and doing it. Snowshoeing is the fastest growing winter sport because it is easy to learn, virtually inexpensive, poses little risk of injury and is a great way to get outside and exert energy during the winter months.

The Forest County Coalition on Activity and Nutrition will hold a snowshoe event at 2 pm on February 15 at Forest County’s Otter Springs Recreation Area. No experience is necessary and there is no cost to participate. We will accommodate all skill levels. Bring your own snowshoes or request ahead of time to borrow one of ours.  Participants should wear snow boots or waterproof hiking boots, dress in layers appropriate for winter weather, and bring drinking water. 

Registration for the event is required.  You may register online here or call Michelle Gobert 715-478-7797 to register via phone.  Registration will close Monday, February 10th at 5:00 p.m.

Geocache Brochure Updated

Thanks to some very helpful geocache wizards, we have made some updates to our brochure/coordinates.  Please download and print the updated brochure here.

We’ve have some great reports of “finds”!  Please share your comments/photos of your time spent on Forest County’s trails via the Geocache.com app or by submitting them to us at michelle.gobert@ces.uwex.edu   Feel free to share via social media.  #ForestCountyTrails #Takeabreath