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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

South Milwaukee Health Department

Implementation Approaches

Objective: South Milwaukee Health Department will aid to increase the percentage of South Milwaukee adults who eat the daily recommended number of 3+ vegetables

  • Assist with providing education to staff through food preparation and nutrition classes.
  • Bring local fruits and vegetables into work. Use a food co-op as an employee benefit.
  • Offer only healthy foods at meetings and community events.
  • Encourage the sale of healthy and nutritious food for school fund-raising activities.
  • Encourage a culture of healthy eating for employees through an incentive-based wellness program.
  • Participate in healthy eating community-wide programs. 
  • Offer cooking classes and cultural meals.
  • Collaborate with school district dietary staff regarding increased fruits and vegetables in the school breakfast and lunch program.
  • Encourage grocery stores to do more education.
  • Educate parents of school-age children regarding school breakfast and lunch requirements.
  • Promote Farmers Markets and the sale of local produce (winter and summer). Offer free cholesterol checks, raffles, and other incentives to boost attendance at South Milwaukee Farmer’s Market.
  • Create payroll stuffers that businesses can use.
  • Establish school and community gardens.
  • Encourage local dining establishments to offer healthier menus and do menu labeling.
  • Work with local food retailers to highlight healthier food choices.
  • Send monthly recipes and nutrition information to daycares, schools and senior housing.
  • Promote nutrition at National Night Out.
  • Work with chefs and/or registered dietitians to educate residents on how to prepare healthier meals.
  • Compile a list of healthy dining options in the city.
  • Increase number of vending machines in schools and businesses that contain a higher percent of healthier food items.
  • Create a community healthy eating cookbook

Objective: South Milwaukee Health Department will aid to increase the number of adults who engage in moderate or vigorous physical activity per the CDC recommended guidelines

  • Implement after-school or after-work physical activity programs.
  • Bring in physical activity experts for lunch programs or education/presentation sessions.
  • Host health fairs with health screenings for staff and families. Consider inviting the public.
  • Track physical activity related-data and distribute among staff and partners to better measure and evaluate progress of programs.
  • Incorporate and encourage use of the trail into a wellness program.
  • Adopt policies that exceed national and state requirements regarding physical activity.
  • Get involved in youth leadership and sports opportunities.
  • Participate in community coalitions or partnerships with other organizations.
  • Encourage physical activity education, programs, and classes  
  • Organize a Fun Run, Moonlight Walking event, or other park activities.
  • Continue community-wide campaign to raise numbers of people participating in physical activities.
  • Encourage local businesses to adopt policies toward physical activity.
  • Establish additional safe walking and biking routes (including sidewalks). Enhance traffic safety in these areas with additional signage.
  • Ensure access to recreational opportunities.
  • Participate or lead community coalitions or partnerships.
  • Promote Open Swim.
  • Distribute monthly printed and website information to schools, daycares and senior housing regarding physical activity and its importance. Include locations of walking/biking areas.

Objective: South Milwaukee Health Department will aid to decrease the percentage of South Milwaukee adults who report feeling sad, blue, or depressed always or nearly always

  • Increase opportunities for sharing stress management information.
  • Distribute stress management outreach materials to employees on a regular basis.
  • Ensure use of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) hotline.
  • Allow employees the time to deal with stressful situations. Provide flexibility and resources such as child care and cost deductions.
  • Add stress relieving component to all events and functions.
  • Discipline and eliminate negative biases and attitudes about various mental health issues.
  • Create a comprehensive database of emotional well-being/mental health resources and information.
  • Provide business owners, community leaders and parent groups brief sessions on the Life Course.
  • Develop the Ride for your Well-Being Fundraiser for more accessible transportation options via bus fare donations.
  • Develop an Emotional Well-Being Training Menu with 3-5 courses and trainers.
  • Educate and provide South Milwaukee adults with positive coping skills, conflict resolution skills, and character development to become healthy and resilient which will inadvertently transfer to South Milwaukee youth.

Objective: South Milwaukee Health Department will aid to increase the percentage of South Milwaukee parents who display positive parenting (including family communication, role modeling, and involvement in school)

  • Distribute child development outreach materials to parents of children of all ages.
  • Develop role model rewards/awards.
  • Allow employees that are parents the time to deal with family situations. Provide flexibility and resources such as child care and cost deductions.
  • Add a parenting component to all events and functions.
  • Discipline and eliminate negative biases and attitudes about various nurturing and attachment methods (i.e. do not allow employees to discriminate if someone chooses to co-sleep or breastfeed beyond the first year.)
  • Survey parents for their needs and wants from parental education endeavors.
  • Provide workshops based upon survey results.
  • Keep abreast of the latest parenting methods.
  • Develop child development materials for distribution by organizations and institutions.
  • Teach community leaders about various positive parenting methods.
  • Encourage social networking opportunities for parents.
  • Avoid political hot button issues with regards to parenting and provide support in general.