Nutrition & Physical Activity

my-plateHealthy Eating

The first step is to focus on balancing calories with physical activity and consuming an overall healthy eating pattern. This will put you on the road to achieving or maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk of developing diet-related chronic diseases.

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables provides the necessary vitamins and minerals vital for supporting growth and development, and for optimal immune function in children. High daily intake of fruits and vegetables among adults are associated with decrease rates of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and possibly some types of cancers. Experts suggest fruit and vegetable consumption may help prevent weight gain. When total calories are controlled consuming fruits and vegetables may be an important aid in achieving and sustaining weight loss.



For more information:
 USDA Mixing Bowl – What’s Cooking?
 Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight



Farmer Markets in the Area

Crandon Farmer’s Market               Forest County Potawatomi Farmer’s Market
200 E. Madison Street  5326 Everybody’s Road
Crandon, WI 54520  Crandon, WI 54520
In front of the Chamber of Commerce  In front of the Shell gas station
June 24-Sept 30: Wednesday 3:30-5:30pm  Thursdays from 2:00-6:00pm
WIC Approved
Josh’s Cornstand                                    Wondering Acre Farms
Located in Pioneer Plaza Parking Lot  Located on intersection of Highway 8 and 32
Crandon, WI 54520  Laona, WI 54541
July 4- Sept 1: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat  July 17-October 10: Thurs, Fri, Sat
      9:00-2:00pm or until sold out       10:00-5:00pm
Sept 2- Sept 20 Sat 9:00-2:00pm  WIC Approved
WIC Approved
Wabeno Country Market              Tibbs Farm
Located in the Library Park  Located corner of Highway 8 and 101
Wabeno, WI 54566  Armstrong Creek, WI 54103
Saturdays 9:00-??  July- Sept: Saturday 8:00-1:00pm
 WIC Approved

Staying Activephysicalactivity

Some things to remember are the benefits of physical activity. These include weight control, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and some cancers, strengthens bones and muscles, improves mental health, mood and ability to do daily activities as well as increases the chance of living longer. Tips to staying active include making gradual changes to increase your level of physical activity, turning off the TV and computer and keep them out of your bedroom, incorporate physical activity into your daily routine, choose toys and games that promote physical activity and use physical activity as a reward.

For more information on physical activity, visit Physical Activity for a Healthy Weight.

For more information on things to see and do in Forest County, visit Forest County Chamber of Commerce. Or check out our Canoe Trails and Walking/Biking Trails. Please see the activities listed below to help you incorporate physical activities into your daily routine.

Fitness Centers

 Outside-the-Box Fitness  Best Western  Forest Fitness Tri Fitness
 605 S. Forest Ave  9075 E. Pioneer Street  306 North Lake Ave Hwy 32 & Otto Lane
 Crandon, WI 54520  Crandon, WI 54520  Crandon, WI 54520 Lakewood, WI 54138
 715-617-0116  715-478-4000  715-478-4660 715-276-9401
 Call Paul for details  $15/month for fitness center  $24/month Call Beth for details


Fitness Center & Swimming                 Yoga                 

 Mole Lake Casino and Lodge          Yog Alive                     
 3084 WI 55 300 S Lake Ave
 Crandon, WI 54520 Crandon, WI 54520
 715-478-5290 1-844-874-3495
 $5/ person each visit Call Betty Thunder for details



 CJ Sorenson offers a fun, wild ZUMBA class for FREE at the Laona School. For more information, call CJ at (715) 330-4438

 June- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm
 July- Wednesdays from 6pm to 7pm
 August- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm


Walk with Ease

This is a laughter filled program that is offered by Commission on Aging. This class is a lower impact class offered to seniors within Forest County. Please contact Amy Gatton, RN for more information at the Forest County Health Department 715-478-3371.




A physical activity and nutrition coalition was established in January 2012. If you would like to participate, please contact us at 715-478-3371 to find out when our next meeting is scheduled. The goals of the group are to:

  1. Educate and promote healthy living in Forest County.
  2. Increase opportunities for physical activity.
  3. Increase access to healthier foods.

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