Our Thursday update finds us with a total of 47 trekkers registered! Some have chosen to stay anonymous as they trek across the county, so their numbers will not be reflected in our updates below.
Please note that we have added menu links to the top of the Forest County CAN! page that will take you directly to the page where you can enter your mileage.
This challenge officially began on June 1st, but you can join anytime! If you have a fitness tracker and can track your mileage since June 1st, please feel free to count that mileage within our challenge.
Welcome to week 2 in the Forest County Trek! Thanks for everyone’s patience as we put our tech skills and walking shoes to the test! A few program updates and then we’ll share the location of our walkers:
#1. Join anytime! This is an ongoing summer challenge – if you’re learning about it right now and want to join – please do! Logging 120 miles by August 31st is the only requirement (well, we do need you to register too!)
#2. We’ve been asked whether or not this challenge is only for walking, and we’ve decided to open it up to walking and running. Of course, cross-training by biking and kayaking is a great way to add some fun into your training, however, we are limiting this challenge to walking and running.
#3. Have fun! And Be Safe! Drink lots of water and wear sunscreen.
There are 26 official trekkers registered and tracking mileage.
In Cavour and headed North to Alvin… CWilson
On their way to Laona… EasierSaidThanRun Peanut42316
On their way to Wabeno… Coffeemom717 MissGuided suda66 Buster’sGal MOMS hgill walking grampa woodswalker421 Sarah Wheeler WalkForestWalk
On their way to Mole Lake… Mickishell CassidyMom walkingthewalk Storekid WI rains2day ChrisS Gabbie828 Caffeinatedflute 3stroiksandyoureout Noni Boloni Cpalubicki JaegerStrong Wisconsin
Step #5. For every two miles you walk, color in a tree. Once you walk 6 miles, submit your mileage online by click on the “Track Your Mileage” graphic seen below.
Step #6. Keep walking and coloring in your challenge log. Once you reach another destination (Wabeno, Laona, Cavour, etc.) track your mileage. We will update the trek challenge board each time you track your mileage.
There is no set route to walk. This is just a fun way to stay motivated and encouraged!
Questions, call 715-478-7797 or email email@example.com
As of today we have 11 registered trekkers at our starting line! These folks are headed (virtually) six miles to Mole Lake. If you are participating and don’t see your name here, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know as a few people downloaded the tracking log but did not complete the final survey button and therefore their answers are not recorded. (Learn something new everyday!)
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
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!
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.
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. (Please make sure to COMPLETE the survey by pushing the final arrow at the bottom of the survey screen after downloading your tracking log! If you don’t complete the survey, your registration is not complete. Thanks!)
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.
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.
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.
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.