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Several counties in our area are fighting back against
childhood obesity, and they'll have almost $1 million to arm them in that
Portage, Wood and Marathon Counties will soon be seeing
green, in an attempt to make central Wisconsin communities a healthier place.
The numbers can be alarming. By high school, Wisconsin
Department of Health studies show close to a quarter of students are overweight
More than 60 percent of those will be like that as adults.
"The next generation is the first generation that is likely
to live shorter than their parents and we can do something about that," Health
First Wisconsin Executive Director Maureen Busalacchi said.
That's where Transform Wisconsin comes in, which receives
money as part of the Affordable Care act, to help prevent that trend from
continuing. The fun has awarded $1 million to communities right here in North
"We want what's best for Central Wisconsin," Kristie Rauter,
with the Wood County Health Department said.
Each county may be using the money in different ways, but it's
all the same goal—make Wisconsin healthier and encourage children to eat
Wood, Portage and Marathon Counties are each using some of
the money for Farm to School programs.
"Central Wisconsin farmers can feed central Wisconsin kids,"
That helps bring food straight from the farm to the
"Farm to School is a win-win for both schools and farmers.
Kids can eat fresh produce that's minimally processed," Rauter said.
Marathon County will also use some of its money to stop
second hand smoke.
"If one person smokes, everybody smokes. Work with landlords
to see what they can do to protect people from second hand smoke," Judy
Burrows, Marathon Co. Health Dept. Program Director said.
No matter which county, heath leaders agree—it's about
forming healthy eating habits as young as possible.
"The big idea here is to make sure that our communities are
healthier and really moving the dial—reducing our obesity rates, especially
around children," Busalacchi said.
Those counties in our area weren't the only ones to cash in.
All together, 30 communities in our state received grants through Transform
Wisconsin, totaling more than $6 million.
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