The following ideas emerged from a two-day conference in 2012 outlining a vision for Brown County in 2020.
By the year 2020, our vision is that: We have a culture of health and wellness — in mind, body and spirit — that has minimized reliance on the medical system and exceeds the experience of any other comparable city in the Great Lakes region.
Details of the vision:
Each family knowingly models a healthy lifestyle — mind, body and spirit.
Family members minimize sedentary time and daily surpass exercise guidelines.
Families know and practice the need for a wholesome breakfast to fuel the day's activities.
Every family has a doctor, gets an assessment annually, and gets all recommended vaccinations.
We understand how the medical system operates, seek corroborating information and question our providers to better understand our own health.
The Community Partnership for Children is fully funded and provides four years of counseling for families with at-risk children. All children enter school primed for learning.
We model healthy lifestyles throughout the school day.
Each student has at least 30 minutes (ideally one hour) of active exercise every day, which provides oxygen and strength, which increases physical energy and mental acuity.
School food is universally nutritious, and students are educated on what food is good for them, and why, and what foods are bad for them, and why.
We know the difference between good stress and bad stress, and educate students regarding it.
Live54218 remains alive and well (5 fruits or vegetables, 4 bottles of water, 2 hours of screen/video time, 1 hour of physical exercise and 8 hours of sleep each day).
Each school, where practical, operates a vegetable garden.
Reformed alcoholics and drug addicts make presentations on the negative impacts of addictions.
Organizations are thriving because their participants are fit and healthy, and have healthy families.
The workplace (where participants spend 8-10 hours a day) educates, informs and models healthy behavior recognizing that organizations minimize cost and maximize performance when they encourage healthy lifestyles.
Only healthy food is provided for meetings, in vending machines, at celebrations.
Employees park a half-mile away. Many choose to walk to and from work.
Employees and their families are kept informed regarding healthy lifestyles and effective use of medical systems and their costs.
Businesses practice family-friendly policies that minimize bad stress.
Elected officials are leaders in assuring we continue as a healthy-lifestyle community.
Natural areas are continually developed, not only for their place as a quiet sanctuary, but for bike and walking trails. Weekly community events take advantage of these resources.
Public/private partnerships pay for healthy-lifestyle mentors and counselors, who are available to organizations and families.
Restaurants and grocery stores lead the way with healthy, organic foods.
Our elected leaders take responsibility to ensure that these initiatives occur and continue.
Everyone exercises daily, yielding much greater fitness.
Everyone has at least 30 minutes (ideally one hour) of active exercise every day, which provides oxygen and strength, which increases physical energy and mental acuity.
We have a large number of bike and walking trails. Weekly community events encourage their use.
We are what we eat so we eat with care.
We know what a balanced diet means for our body style and weight — we eat the right food.
We understand the difference between good calories and bad calories. We pay attention to the calories we take in so that they match the calories we expend. We eat the right amount.
Farmers markets and healthy food co-ops are flourishing.
We get off the binge-drinking scorecards.
Binge drinking is frowned upon for its impact on social and brain development and it is stigmatized.
Parties and tailgating are frequently nonalcoholic.
The media continually support these initiatives, often with shock depictions.
Mental health maintenance
We have easy access to mental health care, especially at critical times.
Access to mental health counseling is free, up to a determined point, and is always free for those younger than 18.
Families understand the usefulness of meditation, good stress, avoidance of bad stress and the active use of counseling.
We use measures that drive the performance we seek.
We understand that behavior is directed best when measures describe progress.
Measures that describe the above achievements have been developed and are reported widely and visibly on an annual basis.