First Snowshoe Adventure Day Delayed

We were looking forward to our first Snowshoe Adventure Day of the season but with a lack of snowfall and anticipated warmer weather (thus no chance of snow in the next couple days) we are going to cancel the outing planned for this Sunday at 1:00 pm. Depending on snow and interest we will try to reschedule for another date in January or February.

The next scheduled date is January 11 at 1:00 pm meeting in the Symons Parking Lot. To reserve a pair of snowshoes call Dana Fischer at 608-649-5968 .


Richland County Celebrates Farm to School with a Crunch!

On Friday October 24 during lunch Jefferson and Dounda Elementary Schools will be crunching into local Oakwood apples to celebrate Food Day and National Farm to School Month! Fall is harvest time in Wisconsin and a great time to think about all the produce that is grown in our communities and the hard work of farmers.

According to the USDA Farm to School Census and the Wisconsin Farm to School Food Service Survey 55% of schools in Wisconsin have a Farm to School program. The Richland School District is settling into the 2nd year of their Farm to School program which includes classroom education, taste-testing of Harvest of the Month items and new this year an emphasis on  including local Harvest of the Month items on the menu.

When the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch was announced as way to celebrate Farm to School in Wisconsin, Richland County Farm to School jumped on board. Last Thursday Alice in Dairyland came to Richland Center and crunched into Oakwood Cortland apples with students from Lincoln, and 4th and 5th graders at Jefferson and Dounda. Tomorrow all students at Jefferson and Dounda will get to participate in the Great Apple Crunch during the lunch hour.

To get involved with the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch post a picture of you crunching into a local apple to the Richland FIT Facebook page!

3 Cheers for Farm to School, Local Farmers and Delicious Apples!!!


Symons 21 Day Challenge

“A short term commitment for long term results!”

21dayChallengeSymons Recreation Center just announced its new 21 Day Challenge to help motivate members and community members alike to create new healthy habits. Individuals, groups or families can sign up to work on a list of different healthy habits including; keeping a food journal, drinking more water, cutting out soda, having meals at the table, introducing family nights, exercising or adding more fiber. Complete the 21 day challenge and return the final page to receive a free water bottle and be entered for the chance to win PRIZES!!

You don’t have to be a member to participate, the challenge is open to EVERYONE!

Memberships discounts are available during the 21 week challenge: October 27-November 16

Single Membership for 21 days: $21

Family Membership for 21 days: $30

For more information and to download the 21 Day Challenge Journal visit the Symons Website. Be sure to follow SymonsRec on Facebook and Twitter for updates and motivation during the challenge.


Great Turn Out On National Walk to School Day!

Today marked the 3rd year that Richland County schools have participated in National Walk to School Day!

What is Walk to School Day and why is it important?

  • Walk to School Day is an International Event that gets kids and adults walking (or biking) to schools across the country and world!
  • Walking to school adds needed minutes of physical activity to kids ( and adults) days
  • Being active before school prepares kids brain to be ready to learn when they get in the classroom
  • Walking to school raises awareness of non-motorized transportation and can bring up issues about street design and safety

In Richland County Walk to School Day is organized by Richland County Public Health in partnership with Richland School District Elementary Schools and St. Mary’s School. Promoting physical activity is one of the main focuses of Public Health’s Richland FIT initiative which aims to make Richland County a healthier place to live, work, and play!

Thanks to parents, teachers and volunteers who help to make our walking school buses safe and successful! Please share any picture taken from the day on the Richland FIT Facebook page.

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Get your GLOW on 5K

Come on & “Get Your GLOW On” at Krouskop Park!

5K Run/Walk and After Party at the Phoenix Center

Friday October 3

Check-in Starts at 6:00 pm Race starts at 8:00 pm

GLOW swag for all pre-registered participants includes GLOW shirt, GLOW glasses & Drink Chip

$30 pre-registered/ $35 on race day

12 & under $10 pre-registered/$15 race day

2014 Get Your GLOW On Registration