Stay Connected

The week 2 results have been tabulated and the winners were chosen. Participants continue to challenge themselves! Great job and stay diligent. Let us know how you are doing. What has helped you be successful during this challenge? Leave your comments when you report your points for week 3.

Remember to keep reporting your points as participants can be chosen more that once. In addition to the weekly winners, those that report points for all four weeks will be eligible for additional chances to donate. You can still report week 1 or 2 by following the link below in the reporting points section. 

Pantry Chosen
Barb Schaefer Calumet County Salvation Army/Calumet Co.
Betty Bradley Green Lake County Green Lake Co. Food Pantry
Christine Adamavich Mayville SD Mayville Food Pantry
Cindy Duffy Oshkosh Area SD Church of Peace Food Pantry
Cindy Kyles-Werth Appleton Area SD St. Joseph Food Program, Inc.
Debbie Lewis Gateway Tech College Salvation Army/Kenosha Co.
Heidi Russell Shawano County SAFPRC
James J Torzala Lena Public Schools Feed My Sheep Pantry
Jean Kupczak Marathon County St Therese Little Flower Council
Jeff Walsh Crivitz SD Crivitz Area Food Pantry
Jennifer Beran Langlade County Antigo Food Pantry
Kim Pritzl City of Two Rivers TREP
Kurt Babcock Marathon County  Community Center of Hope
Linda Schwobe Calumet County Salvation Army-Bread of Life
Lori Adams Appleton Area SD St Joseph's Food Program
Mary DeYoung Genoa City Jt. #2 SD Sharon Food Pantry
Mary Everett Washburn County Cameron Food Pantry
Rebecca Menzel Menasha Joint SD Salvation Army/Calumet Co.
Rhoda Hinz Fond du Lac County Brandon Food Pantry
Tracy Ostwald Kowald Appleton Area SDS St. Joe's
There are three ways for participants to be selected.
  • Weekly - each week 20 participants that reach the weekly goal of 21 points will be chosen to award a local food pantry of their choice $20. Any ties will be entered in a drawing. Participants can win multiple weeks.
  • Challenge conclusion - 20 participants with the highest scores (84 maximum) will be selected to award $50 to their favorite local food pantry. 
  • Additionally another 20 local food pantries will receive $20 from participants that report points all four weeks, regardless of their point totals. Those that qualify will be entered in a random drawing.
Once all of the winners have been chosen the selected food pantries will receive a check for the total amount awarded to them. We will also include a letter informing them of the participants that selected them for the cash donation on behalf of WCA Group Health Trust.
Please click here to report your points. Your points are due  by 4:00 pm on Wednesday of each week. Points submitted prior to the  completion  of the week will not count for weekly prizes.

Due Date at 4:00 p.m.
December 17-23
December 27
December 24-30
January 3        

You can report your points after the deadline to be eligible for the overall prizes. Please visit the WCA Group Health Trust website to register your points each week.  If you want to print a point tracker to help you count your points ple ase click  here.
Keep a Food Journal

Participants in the Healthy Holiday Challenge have been keeping track of their fruit and vegetable intake. Why not keep track of what you eat each day? Many experts agree that simply recording what a person eats each day can encourage people to eat fewer calories. 

When someone keeps a food journal it can encourage healthier eating. For example it can reduce or maybe even eliminate mindless eating, such as eating chips while you watch television. Or can make someone reconsider when they go back for seconds. 

A food journal does not have to be complex. It is a simple record of what is eaten and drank each day. Someone that keeps an accurate log may be able to identify items they can cut out of their diet which may lead to a healthier version of themselves. Some experts also say keeping a food journal can assist when someone is trying to lose weight. 

Consider keeping a food journal. It will help keep you focused on your diet, may provide motivation to eat healthy and could help you attain or maintain your goals. The extra effort you put forth to keep a daily food journal may bring you exciting results.

Stay Active

Exercise offers many health benefits. Something as simple as a brisk walk a half an hour each day can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and several forms of cancer. Brain function can also be improved with regular exercise.

A study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston showed that regular exercise lowered the risk of dying prematurely by 30%.

Enjoy Your Friends and Family

Maintaining a circle of supportive friends or family members is very beneficial to good health. That circle can help celebrate the good times and provide support during the bad times. Adults with strong social support have a reduced risk of many health problems including depression, high blood pressure and an unhealthy body mass index (BMI). Studies have also found that older adults with an active social life tend to live longer than their peers with fewer connections.

What makes a cup of fruit or vegetables?  Click here to find out!

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