Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin
South Milwaukee Health Department
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.