Healthiest

Manitowoc County

Better Health. Better Choices.

About HMC

What is Healthiest Manitowoc County (HMC)?

Healthiest Manitowoc County (HMC) was established in 2004 as an oversight coalition for community health improvement activities in Manitowoc County. HMC coordinates the Community Health Assessment and Improvement Planning process and establishes coaltions to address the high priority needs in the community.

Members of the coalition represent government, health care, education, not-for-profit community service organizations, law enforcement, religious organizations and private citizens.

Our Mission

Healthiest Manitowoc County challenges us to embrace quality living through actively pursuing physical and mental well-being.

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Mental Wellness Coalition

Who are we?

Our Mission

The Mental Health Task Force of Manitowoc County is dedicated to being a leader in:

  • identifying issues faced by all people affected by mental illnes
  • facilitating improved awareness of and access to mental health services
  • ensuring consumers and familes have a strong voice
  • reducing stigma
  • implementing person centered recovery care

Local Services

How Can You Help? Join our working committees!

Education & Awareness

Advocacy

Access

Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition

Meets 2nd Thursday @ 8am, Manitowoc Police Department

Who are we?

We are a mix of community members that have been impacted by or are concerned about substance abuse and want to improve our community’s quality of life. We welcome all to join the coalition, we meet the second Thursday of each month in the lower level of the Police Department from 8am to 9am. Meeting format typically includes 20-30mins. of roundtable discussion followed by break-out group discussions into the Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription and Illegal Drug subcommittees.

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition:

  • EMPOWERS community members to solve community alcohol and drug-related problems.
  • TRAINS youth to be role models, mentors and leaders.
  • ADVOCATES for policies to prevent teen alcohol and drug use.
  • EDUCATES parents and community about the latest trends in substance abuse and how to help teens make better choices.
  • PROVIDES community leaders, parents, teachers, law enforcement and physcians with the needed resources to address substance abuse.

Our Mission

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition's mission is to reduce the incidence of alcohol, tobacco and drug use by youth and young adults through education, peer leadership, policies and environmental strategies.

Substance Awareness

According to the Manitowoc County 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey:

  • The annual (2013) tax payer burden of excessive alcohol use in Manitowoc Co. is $49.3 million dollars.
  • Each Manitowoc Co. resident pays about $600 in taxes to offset these expenses.
  • 27% of Manitowoc Co. residents binge drink, this is higher than the state rate (23%) and national rate (16%
  • Excessive alcohol consumption is attributed to 27 deaths, 665 hospitalizations, and 889 arrests in 2011.
  • The economic impact of cigarette smoking in Manitowoc Co. is $56.4 million dollars
  • 22% of Manitowoc Co. residents smoke cigarettes.
  • Smoking is attributed to 113 deaths in Manitowoc Co
  • 68% of our youth drink alcohol
  • 19% of our youth admitted to binge drinking
  • 22% of our youth admitted to smoking marijuan
  • 18% or our youth admitted to using prescription drugs without a doctor's permission

Community Resources

Parent Resources

Parents are still the most influential in a child's life. You can help protect your children from the risks associated with substaance use by maintaining open communication and expressing a clear, consistent message that smoking, underage alcohol use and drug use is unacceptable. Building a close relationship with your children will increase the likelihood they come to you for help in making decisions that impact their health and well being.

Activity & Nutrition Coalition

Our Mission

We envision community environments that support healthy lifestyles by promoting good nutrition and increased physical activity.

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Activity

60mins. a Day | 5 days a Week

Who are we?

We represent schools, worksites, community clubs and groups, daycares, and families promoting active lifestyles where we live, learn, work and play. Our goal is for Manitowoc County residents to be active 60 minutes per day.

What we do:

Active Early

Active Schools

Active Worksites

Active Seniors

Active Community

Environmental Changes

Why we exist:

According to the 2013 Manitowoc County Community Health Assessment:

  • 73% of Manitowoc County Adults are overweight
  • 42% of Manitowoc County Adults were getting the recommended moderate or vigorous physical activity

Regular physical activity in adults can lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancer, and depression.

Physical activity in children and adolescents can improve bone health, improve cardio-respiratory and muscular fitness, decrease the level of body fat and reduce symptoms of depression.

Resources

Lean on the Lakeshore Challenge

Lean on the Lakeshore is a 100-day weight loss challenge starting January 4th, 2015, open to anyone who lives or works in Manitowoc County and is interested in living a healthier lifestyle and losing weight.

The fitness professionals in Manitowoc County came together to create a weight loss challenge where participants will benefit from all of their expertise, at each of their fitness facilities. The goal is to work together to utilize all fitness and nutrition resources in Manitowoc to support participants as they make a lifestyle change to lead a more active and healthy life.

Each week, teams are invited to attend various events and activities at different locations in Manitowoc County. Activities will include exercise classes or sessions at various fitness facilities, as well as outdoor fitness activities. Events will include nutrition education presentations, cooking demonstrations, and grocery store tours.

An added bonus – area restaurants are also getting involved! Check back at the Healthiest Manitowoc County website to see which restaurants will be offering healthy options at their location to make eating out easier during this challenge!

There’s the hidden message in the name, did you notice?

“Lean” has a double meaning… It certainly insinuates we have a goal of being fit and trim, but “lean” also means to lean on each other, help your teammates, and celebrate successes together. We’re not only bringing together a team of 10, but the whole community. We’ll be working out with other teams and learning from each other. We’ll keep each other accountable, provide support, and be there to lean on when a teammate needs an ear to listen, or shoulder to lean on.

Registration:

There is a registration fee of $25 *plus online processng fee. Fee includes admission to fitness facilities for events as well as free guest passes needed to complete some of the event challenges offered. All participants registering before the Dec.15th deadline will also receive a t-shirt!

Teams:

You are able to register as an in individual or a team. The idea is that we will lean on each other for support, motivation, guidance, and accountability; therefore, when registering as an individual, we will help place you on a team. Registering as a team means that you already have an idea of 2 to 10 people that you’d like to team up with. Here are the details…

1. If you register as a team: Registering as a team means you have a group of coworkers (or coworkers and their families), or family and friends that want to be on a team together. You’ll cheer each other on, keep each other accountable, and achieve your goals through the strong bond of team work. Assign a team captain and have them create the team online by registering. Once the first person creates the team and team name, each additional person is able to join your team by entering the team name.

2. If you register as an individual, you’ll have a choice to choose between two options:

  • a. Register, and we’ll help form a team for you. You’ll be invited to participate in all events and activities, and share in the education and informational process. We’ll introduce you to other people that have similar goals, live in close proximity, and have similar schedules. We’ll help create your team, because after all… you’ll need each other to LEAN on throughout the 100 day challenge!
  • b. Register, and apply to be a part of a team that is led by a fitness professional. Participants are selected by their level of motivation to make lifestyle changes and the willingness they have to modify behaviors that will help them reach their goals. You’ll receive professional fitness training and guidance for all 100 days of the challenge! Your coach will ensure accountability, motivation, and personalization of a plan that fits your specific needs in order to make a lifestyle change. If you apply for this group and are not selected, we will place you on a team with others that have similar goals, live in close proximity, or have similar schedules.

Weight Loss Measurement:

Every participant will step on the scale at the kickoff event for an initial weight measurement. Each week, teams are encouraged to measure their own weight loss and then track and report their results. At the end of the challenge, participants are again weighed at the final group event. Outcomes will be listed in two categories:

  • Individual percentage of weight loss
  • Group percentage of weight loss

Kick-off Event:

The kick-off event will be held on January 4, 2015. During the event you’ll meet your team, meet the fitness and nutrition resources in your community, participate in team building activities, and do a little exercise to kick the challenge off right! You’ll come away from this event excited, inspired, and motivated for the changes you’ll see over the next 100 days!

  • Time and location of the Kick-off Event to be announced

Nutrition

Farm to Table

Upcoming Events

Goal of Farm to Table

Committed to being the meeting that’s not a meeting! Fun energized group dedicated to linking people already part of the local food movement with those new to the food movement. Together we work to increase access to and consumption of fresh locally grown foods.

Who are we?

Together, strengthening Farm to Table by increasing active members and supporting grassroots efforts to grow, sell and eat fresh local foods throughout Manitowoc County.

What we do:

Farm to Table – Growers, culinary artists and eaters working together to support the local economy and improve the nutrient value of all food for all people (home, schools, worksites, institutions)

How we do it:

Procurement: encourage partnerships between food service and producers, increasing dollars allocated specifically for local purchases, EBT at the market, education and research.

Resouces

Injury Prevention Coalition

Who are we?

Many community partners working to reduce emergency room visits and preventable hospitalization due to falls.

Join others including hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, public health, Aging and disability Resource Center, the YMCA to prevent injury impacted by falls.

What we do:

Our team has identified 5 key areas that contribute to our county's high rate of falls and has created workgroups for each of the 5:

  • Need for preventative information
  • Poor vision
  • Lack of self-management skills
  • Medication issues
  • Medical conditions

Injury Stats

  • Deaths from fall do not only occur in the over 64 population; they are one of the top 5 leading causes of deaths in Wisconsin for ages 15-65+!
  • The majority of falls that result in death occur in the home (55%)
  • Hospitalizations and emergency room visits due to falls result in $800 million in hospital charges each year in Wisconsin.

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