According to the Oconto County Health Department, 30% of adults in Oconto County are considered obese. Through the Community Health Needs Assessment for Oconto County, community members shared feedback that access to healthy food options would assist them in making healthier life choices.
For the first time, Oconto County hosted its very own farmers market during the summer months of 2021. The weekly market catered to families with fresh produce stands, live music, craft vendors, children’s activities and more.
To support food pantries in Oconto County, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital served as a drop-off location for produce. Shoppers were encouraged to purchase extra produce at the farmers market to donate. Additionally, shoppers could donate produce grown at home to support the cause.
These efforts directly align with HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital’s and Oconto County’s objectives to improve nutrition and physical activity, which is a top-three health need in the Community Health Needs Assessment.