Check out this month’s Harvest of the Month Newsletter for fun facts, tips, & uses for winter squash! Also includes an Autumn Roasted Squash Soup recipe!
Healthy Living Hero awards are back for the sixth year in a row. The La Crosse County Healthy Living Collaboration (HLC) is seeking to recognize local youth, adults and organizations who have worked to make La Crosse County a healthier place to live, work and play. The awards recognize those who have worked to improve nutrition/healthy eating, physical activity and/or tobacco-free living.
The 2018 Healthy Living Hero awards will again recognize three categories:
• Youth (ages 18 and under)
• Individuals (ages 19+)
• Organizations (small or large)
All applications materials must be submitted by Sunday, December 9, 2018. A selection committee of current Healthy Living Collaboration members will score the applications and select the winners. All winners will invited and recognized at the January 11, 2019 Healthy Living Collaboration meeting.
The La Crosse County Nature Connections program is releasing a one-stop electronic resource for connecting with nature in La Crosse County – www.natureconnectionslax.org!
This electronic Nature Guide is a resource aiming to make outdoor, nature-rich places in La Crosse County easier to discover – for residents and visitors alike. The array of parks, nature preserves, and hiking and biking trails is expansive. As such, locating and accessing information about each one can quickly become an internet scavenger hunt. This Guide will become your ‘home base’ when seeking out natural areas in La Crosse County. The Guide’s interactive map allows you to search outdoor places by location. Furthermore, each trail has a specific page identifying all access points, directions, parking, and trail terrain & difficulty. A unique feature of the site includes a biodiversity rating for each area (variety of different types of life throughout a given environment) and a listing of dominant features (i.e. scenic overlook) expected in each location.
Did you know that, as little as 5 minutes a day spent connecting with nature can have a positive impact on your health! Furthermore, research shows that exposer to outdoor areas that have more biological diversity (biodiversity) provides the greatest health benefits.