Weight of the Fox Valley
- What is Weight of the Fox Valley?
- Why is this important?
- What are we doing?
- How can I get involved in Weight of the Fox Valley?
United Way Fox Cities is providing support and direction for the Weight of the Fox Valley, a new initiative to inspire Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago County residents to adopt healthy lifestyles that aid in disease prevention. Weight of the Fox Valley (WOTFV) has a shared vision of working together to achieve and maintain a healthy weight at every age.
Did you know that over 60% of residents in Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties are overweight or obese? Excess weight can lead to health issues including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer and diabetes. Being overweight impacts both the individual and our entire community, bringing physical, social, psychological and economic consequences to both individuals and communities.
With a vision of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight for all, Weight of the Fox Valley sees Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago County residents doing more than losing weight. Weight of the Fox Valley will work to inspire residents to adopt healthy lifestyles that can aid in disease prevention.
To achieve its vision, Weight of the Fox Valley has adopted an innovative approach to creating social change called collective impact.
Collective impact works by creating a shared approach to solving a community problem. Organizations from all sectors of the community participate to focus existing and new, collaborative efforts on achieving the vision. Participating organizations share a vision, activities, outcomes, data and more!
Weight of the Fox Valley has adopted the Wisconsin Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity State Plan settings:
- Active Communities
- Early Care & Education
- Food System
In 2014 and 2015, Weight of the Fox Valley launched the Active Communities, Worksite, and Food Systems action teams. In 2016, Weight of the Fox Valley plans to add Early Care & Education into the planning phases. School and Healthcare will then follow.
Each Action Team will find and implement ways to create a healthier, more active and more nutritious environment in their focus area. These collective efforts will ultimately create a community where healthy living is the norm.