It’s Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch time, and the Coulee Region Farm2School program is joining schools, preschools, colleges, businesses and individuals across the Great Lakes Region in celebrating National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally grown apples in during the annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch on October 11th! All public schools in La Crosse, Onalaska, West Salem, Bangor, Holmen and La Crescent-Hokah as well as Coulee Region Farm2School partners Gundersen Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System, and La Crosse County Health Department will be celebrating.
Coulee Region Farm2School will be Celebrating the Great Apple Crunch in the following ways:
1) Onalaska students at Irving Pertzsch will celebrate with the Onalaska Fire Department – the fire fighters are serving lunch and showing off their new fire truck.
2) Holmen students will be enjoying local apples in their newly built orchard – in a few years the orchards will grow apples for the entire district.
3) Hamilton Elementary will be crunching together with Gundersen Health System staff as part of the trail renaming on the Gundersen Campus. Starts at 12:15 p.m.
4) Mayo Clinic Health System will be passing out free local apples at noon in the Market Place in La Crosse and the Café in Sparta. Apple inspired treats and local apple bags will be available for purchase.
If your business is interested in participating, sign up here and share a photo to Facebook. The goal is to reach 1.7 MILLION crunches this year! Search the following hash tags to follow along! #GreatAppleCrunch, #WIAppleCrunch, and #F2SMonth
This collective crunch encourages healthy eating and supports farm to school and local food initiatives throughout the Coulee Region. The Coulee Region Farm2School program is a partnership between La Crosse County Health Department, Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare, Gundersen Health System, and the School Districts of Bangor, Holmen, La Crescent-Hokah, La Crosse, Onalaska, and West Salem. Visit www.laxf2s.org for more information.
2018 Golden Shoe Challenge
***Download a Golden Shoe Challenge log HERE!***
La Crosse County K-8th grade classrooms and students are invited to join the
2018 GOLDEN SHOE CHALLENGE!
Be active WHERE and WHEN you can!
1.To register and receive a set of tokens and chains please email your school and class size to: firstname.lastname@example.org by October 2nd.
2.Download (HERE) and print a log for students.
3.Take a daily walk and have students record their activity on their log.
4.Return logs to the Health Dept. (address on log) by Oct. 19th.
Classrooms who walk 4/5 days will be eligible for classroom prizes.
1.Download (HERE)and print a log.
2.BE ACTIVE every day and record your activity on your log.
3.Return your log to the Health Dept. (address on log) by Oct. 19th.
All returned logs will be entered into a prize drawing for sports equipment, Razor scooters, or gift cards to Subway and Barnes and Noble!
The Golden Shoe Award will be given to the school with the highest participation percentage. At least 25% of students from the school must participate.
In a world that is filled with poverty, crises and inequality, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong health for babies and mothers. Please join us in celebrating Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life, the theme of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2018. World Breastfeeding Week is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and highlights that breastfeeding is a universal solution that gives everyone a fair start in life.
To celebrate, our local Western Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition (WWBC) put together a list of 5 ways our La Crosse community can celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.
- Get breastfeeding friendly.
Hang a “breastfeeding is welcome here” sign in your office or workplace. Welcome breastfeeding mothers into whatever public place you may be. Several local workplaces and daycare providers have been recognized as “breastfeeding friendly,” you can see a list of them on our coalition website: wwbcoalition.org.
- Thank a local lactation consultant.
The La Crosse area has several internationally board certified lactation consultants (IBCLC’s) who work every day to help breastfeeding mothers reach their goals. If you know one, tell them thank you! A listing of local lactation consultants can also be found on zipmilk.org.
- Attend The Big Latch On Event August 4th.
This will be the 4th year our local breastfeeding coalition has hosted this event. The “latch on” takes place at 10:30 am at Myrick Park and all breastfeeding/pumping mothers and their families/supports are welcome. Families are encouraged to arrive around 10 am to register. For more information, visit the Facebook event page: 2018 Big Latch On.
- Put breastfeeding on display.
Encourage your workplace to feature a breastfeeding display or bulletin board. Hang breastfeeding pictures or art. The more breastfeeding is seen in our culture, the more it will be normalized. Check out a life size breastfeeding cardboard cutout on display at the Health Department during WBW!
- Join the Western Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition.
The Western Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition meets the 4th Thursday of each month from 8-9 am. Anyone who supports the mission and purpose of the coalition is welcome! Join the Western Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition group on Facebook, or check out our website at wwbcoalition.org