2021 Challenge Announced!

The Forest County Coalition on Activity and Nutrition (Forest County CAN!) is encouraging people of all ages to get outside and enjoy everything Forest County has to offer by participating in our 2021 Active Outdoor Challenge!

To be more inclusive and to encourage all ages and abilities to participate, we are challenging Forest County residents to 100 hours of active outdoor time June 1st – August 31st.  Active outdoor time includes anything and everything outdoors in Forest county:  gardening, hiking, kayaking, playing pickleball, playing tag in the backyard, stargazing, swimming, bird watching, bike riding, fishing, etc. 

Share your progress online by using the hashtag #forestcountycan

Participants may begin to track their active outdoor hours beginning June 1st.  on our challenge tracker available for download below or you can pick up a paper copy of the tracker at Forest County public libraries and/or the Forest County Chamber.

Participants who submit a completed 100 active hours tracker by September 10th will be entered into a drawing for $100 worth of Forest County Chamber Bucks.

picture of 100 hours active outdoors tracker
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Like Forest County CAN! on Facebook to get more tips on being active in the outdoors. 

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. 

Can You Go 100 Miles?

This summer the Forest County Coalition for Activity and Nutrition (CAN) encourages people of all ages to get up and get out to enjoy the beautiful scenery and improve your health by completing our 100 Mile Challenge. The challenge starts June 1st and ends August 31st and you can walk, run, stroll, bike or paddle your way to 100 miles! Physical activity decreases your risk of disease, makes you stronger, improves your mental health and helps you sleep better. It is also a great way to socialize and connect with others.

Keep track of your miles on the tracking log and turn them in at the end of August. Those who complete 100 miles or more will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card and will also be added to our 100 Mile Club list of all people who completed the challenge.

There are some other great programs this summer that you won’t want to miss and will help you reach your mile goal. Jessica Keao will be helping Forest County get 5K ready with a 6 week couch to 5K. The Forest County Humane Society is hosting a Run for the Cause 5k on Fourth of July Weekend. You can stay tuned of current events on the Forest County Chamber of Commerce Website at www.goforestcounty.com.

Also, Forest County has received designation as a Scenic Byway in honor of two of its nationally recognized resources; the Wolf River and the Nicolet National Forest. A variety of recreational opportunities are available ranging from activities on the multi-use trail systems to water based sports. There will be a mobile friendly website that will allow you to explore the Byway’s trails maps with parking information, campgrounds and more. If you have ever wanted to visit some of the walking/hiking trails but you are not sure where to go or how to get there, we have user friendly trail maps available here at the Forest County Health Department. If you want to get your heart pumping, we recommend using the Crandon pedestrian trail heading towards the school. This trail isn’t the same as back in the day: up-hill both ways- but offers great cardio!

Visit the Health Department at the courthouse in Crandon or a Forest County library to pick up a packet or go to https://forestcountycan.org/ to print your own. The website will have other resources and links to help you along the way. Like us on Facebook to follow the progress and get more tips. If you have questions about your health or your activity level, please talk with your doctor. Please feel free to call us with any questions at 715-478-3371.

Geocache Challenge

Tapping into what has become a global network of ongoing geocache events, Forest County’s CAN! coalition is sponsoring a countywide geocache challenge beginning June 4th and ending August 31, 2018.

The aim of the geocache challenge is to encouraging Forest County residents, both young and old, to get outside and explore the amazing hiking, walking and biking trails that Forest County offers.

Ten separate cache’s have been placed on established Forest County trails, including the county owned Otter Springs Trail system, the Wolf River Trail, the Wabeno Boardwalk, the Nicolet State Trail, Ed’s Lake trail system and the Rat River Recreational Trail.

The coordinates for each of the ten caches can be found by downloading our brochure or by picking up a challenge brochure at the Forest County Health Department, Forest County UW-Extension office or at a Forest County public library.

Geocaching has become an enormously popular outdoor-enthusisast sport throughout the world for both children and adults.  It combines treasure hunting with outdoor recreation and hiking, as well as technology.  A handheld GPS device, or a smart phone with the Geocaching.com app installed is necessary.

The Forest County Ties that Bind Us believes Geocaching to be a healthy way to get out on the trails of Forest County and therefore have purchased three handheld GPS units for loan through each of Forest county’s public libraries.  Information on using and loaning these devices will be shared at a group instruction to be held at the Otter Spring Trail system on July 10th from 4 – 7 p.m.    Participants wanting to get started now on this challenge may use the Geocaching App (available for the Iphone or Android devices) or use their own handheld GPS device.  Coordinates are available here.

Participants that have successfully located and documented the ten caches placed by the CAN! coalition, they can submit their completed tracking log to the Forest County Health Department to receive their geocaching prize pack.

According to Jill Krueger, Forest county health department “We really want people to get outside, be active and enjoy Forest county trails.  Geocaching offers one more reason to do so.  You might get hooked and end up searching for more of the thousands of other geocache treasures stashed across the county, the state of Wisconsin and beyond!”

For more information, please call the Forest County Health Department at 715-478-3371.