FoodWIse

FoodWIse is a community nutrition education program within the Family Living Programs of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension. University of Wisconsin-Extension Family Living Programs respond to community needs with research-based education and partnerships that support Wisconsin families and communities. FoodWIse is federally funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed). We seek to empower Wisconsin residents with limited incomes to make healthy choices to achieve healthy lives and reduce health disparities.

COVID-19 Resources

We will be posting more frequent updates related to COVID-19 and programming on our Facebook page

Thanksgiving Resources

Thanksgiving likely won’t look exactly the same this year and you might find yourself cooking something that you’re new to!
While it can be daunting to approach cooking new recipes, especially if that includes cooking an entire turkey, we are here to support you!
This page has some are some tips and tricks for having a healthy and safe Thanksgiving – whatever that looks like this year.
If you have any questions on how to safely handle any food items, feel free to email us!

Youth Programming

FoodWIse teaches nutrition lessons in Elementary Schools where 50% or more of their students participate in free or reduced school meals. In Waushara County, lessons are taught to 4k, 1st and 3rd grade students. Topics include learning about MyPlate and the five food groups, healthy snacks, the importance of hand-washing and spending less time in front of screens and more time getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. During some of the lessons the children also have the opportunity to sample new healthy foods and learn how to make healthy choices.

Find games and activity sheets, and pledge to become a MyPlate Champion at the MyPlate Kids’ Place

For Adults

Choose MyPlate

Check out Healthy Eating on a Budget, a new feature on the MyPlate.gov website featuring tips, tools, a two-week sample menu plan and recipes for making healthy choices without breaking the bank.

Looking for more RECIPE ideas?

You can choose from over 700 recipes to create and customize your own recipe book with the  What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl Build My Own Cookbook tool!

StrongBodies Program

Interested in increasing your strength, flexibility, energy, mood, balance, and sleep quality?
Join our virtual StrongBodies program!
The program is completely free, and completely virtual! Need weights? You can fill out a loan form to check-out ours! StrongBodies programming is accompanied by lessons and discussions around nutrition, health and more – the current session features Mary Ann Schilling, UW-Madison Health and Wellbeing Extension Educator for Waushara County presenting an ongoing program based on the Aging Mastery program.
Once you’ve completed your registration, you’ll automatically be sent information to join the virtual classes!
Any questions? Email Laura at laura.mcculley@wisc.edu

Food Share Wisconsin 

As of October 15, 2004 the name of the federal Food Stamp Program in Wisconsin has been changed to “FoodShare Wisconsin.” This essential food and nutrition program no longer uses “stamps” to deliver benefits to persons enrolled in the program. The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services hopes that this new name and image will foster an expansion of the program so all eligible children and families receive the food and nutrition assistance they need. For more information on FoodShare Wisconsin, go to https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/foodshare/

To find out if you are eligible to apply for benefits, report changes, ask questions, or make an appointment go to: www.access.wi.gov or call 1-888-256-4563 toll free.

Farmers Markets

Did you know you can use FoodShare benefits at some farmers markets? 

Not sure what produce might be at your local Farmers’ Market right now? Look over the chart of what Wisconsin vegetables are available by season, and learn more about Wisconsin Farmers’ Markets!

FoodWIse Staff in Waushara County

Laura McCulley          FoodWIse Coordinator  laura.mcculley@wisc.edu

Julie Roseberry        FoodWIse Educator  julie.roseberry@wisc.edu