November 2017  
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RSVP by November 6 for Strategic Planning Meeting

All Healthy Lifestyles supporters and community members are invited to share their ideas on how to promote healthy eating and active living in Marshfield at the annual strategic planning meeting.
The event is a great opportunity to gather with other community members and work together on projects such as the Growing Together-Community Gardens, Bicycle Discount Program, Apple Walking Paths, Local Food Expo, Safe Routes to School and more. The 2018 plan needs input from all citizens in order to have the biggest impact. All are welcome to attend.

WHAT: The Healthy Lifestyles - Marshfield Area Coalition Strategic Planning Meeting
WHERE: Hope Lodge - Lower Level (611 W. Doege St., Marshfield, WI  54449)
WHEN: Friday, November 10 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch is provided.
RSVP: RSVP to George Bloome at or 715-221-8400. Please RSVP by  Monday, November 6 so we are able to make necessary arrangements. 

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Maple Fall Fest Gourd Guess Winners

Gourd guess winners won a framed print.
At this year's Maple Fall Fest, visitors to the Healthy Lifestyles table were encouraged to participate in a gourd guessing contest. Over 300 visitors made a guess, ranging from 10 to 498. Leann S. had the winning guess of 59 gourds and received a framed print. Breanna L. was the winner of the raffle and also won a framed print.  Thank you everyone that participated, we hope to see you next fall!
Gardens Ready for Winter

The Growing Together - Community Gardens held their annual Fall Clean-up
Community gardeners and volunteers 
work to clear beds.
 Workday on October 19. Gardeners and community members came together at all three sites (Good Shepherd Church, First Presbyterian Church, and St. Alban's Church) to help  clear plant material, collect compost, and harvest remaining produce in advance of the upcoming winter. Gardeners worked together to bring the gardening season to a close and made Fall Clean-up Work day a big success. Thank you to everyone that showed up to help prepare for the next growing season, we couldn't have done it without you!
Safer Routes at Washington Elementary School

In January of 2017, Healthy Lifestyles - Marshfield Area Coalition members Josh Miller (City of Marshfield) and Laura Zelenak (Marshfield Clinic Health Educator), met with Washington Elementary School staff and parents to discuss safety concerns regarding students walking and biking to school. Issues were identified and additional stakeholders such as the Marshfield Police Department, City of Marshfield, and School District of Marshfield were involved to help address problems. A new sidewalk and additional parking signs were installed, a new traffic flow was introduced, and the city approved the addition of an adult crossing guard.
Our hats go off to the great work this group did in such a short amount of time - thanks for making it safer for our kids to walk and bike to school!

If you are interested in making your child's school safer, contact Laura Zelenak at 715-221-8400 or
Chipotle Pumpkin Black Bean Chili

This chili combines nutrient-packed pumpkin and black beans for a flavorful result.

2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
2 jalape├▒os, seeded and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
┬╝ tsp. ground pepper
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 can (796 mL) no-salt added canned diced tomatoes
1 cup canned pureed pumpkin
1 cup no-salt added canned chicken broth
1 can (540 mL) no-salt added canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (12.5 oz) no-salt added chicken, drained
1 chipotle in adobo sauce, finely chopped
1 tsp. brown sugar
2 green onions, finely chopped
1. Heat oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat.
2. Add onions, celery, jalapeno, garlic, cumin, oregano and pepper.
3. Cook, stirring, for 5 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are soften.
4. Add tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes.
5. Add tomatoes, pumpkin puree, chicken broth, black beans, chicken, chipotles and brown sugar.
6. Bring to a boil.
7. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour or until chili is thick and flavorful.
7. Salt to taste.
Upcoming Community Events

9 Pins 4 Paws. Rose Bowl Lanes: Sunday, November 5. Registration begins at
11 am, Rose Bowl Lanes, 1600 N. Central Ave., Marshfield, WI. Proceeds will go to the shelter to benefit the animals and their care. Register your team now at Rose Bowl Lanes, $60 per team.
Alpine Holiday and Ugly Sweater 5k:  Friday, November 10, 4 pm -11 pm and Saturday, November 11, 9 am - 11:30 pm, 710 S. Columbus Ave., Marshfield, WI. This two day festival includes live music, crafts, kid's games, auctions/raffles, Friday night fish fry, and the Ugly Sweater 5k on Saturday morning. 

Main Street Holiday Parade: Thursday, November 16, 6:30 pm in Downtown Marshfield. The Parade starts at 2nd Street and follows Central Avenue until 14th Street. Afterwards there will be cookies, hot cocoa, and Santa will be making an appearance at the Holiday Inn. 

Festival Foods Turkey Trot:  Thursday November 23, run starts at 8 am. Marshfield High School, 1401 E. Becker Rd., Marshfield, WI.  Participate in either a timed 5-mile run, an untimed 2-mile walk, or the 2-mile Dog Jog. Open to all ages and abilities, free shirts are given out to participants and a pumpkin is provided at the finish line. Volunteers are still needed for this event. 

Rotary Winter Wonderland:  November 24-December 31, Wildwood Park and Zoo.
Get into the holiday spirit by coming down to the park to walk or drive through the animated light displays, get a chance to see Santa Claus, enjoy some live holiday music, or to take a horse drawn ride from 6 pm - 8 pm on Saturday nights. 
Committee Meeting Schedule
All are welcome!
For more information, visit our calendar.
Unless noted, all meetings are held at Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach (CCO), 1701 North Fig Ave., Marshfield, WI 54449
The Strategic Planning Meeting on November 10 will replace all normally scheduled November committee meetings, upcoming December meetings are listed below.  See you then!

Nutrition Committee | Wednesday, December 6
The Nutrition Committee meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 12:00pm-1:00pm.

Physical Activity Committee | Tuesday, December 26
The Physical Activity Committee meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 11:00am-12:00pm.

Garden Subcommittee  | Tuesday, December 12
The Garden Subcommittee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 8:30am - 9:30am.

School Wellness Committee  2017-18 Meeting Dates To Be Determined
School Wellness Committee meeting dates vary, but usually occur at the Marshfield High School from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm