Health & Well-Being

The Extension Institute of Health & Well-Being works to catalyze positive change in Wisconsin families through evidence-based programs focused on nutrition, food security and safety, chronic disease prevention, mental health promotion, and prevention of substance abuse.  Rooted in both urban and rural communities, we’re working together to help solve the state’s most pressing well-being needs and to ensure that all Wisconsinites live stronger, healthier lives.

  • by Megan Sankey
    English | Español StrongBodies classes at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center in Milwaukee are offered completely in Spanish. Known as GenteFuerte, the classes are designed to improve strength, endurance, balance and flexibility, important for keeping one’s body working well as one ages. Carmen Bambrila, a volunteer leader, said, “Personally, I am very grateful to […]
  • by Megan Sankey
    English | Español Las clases de ejercicio StrongBodies en el Sixteenth Street Community Health Center en Milwaukee se dictan totalmente en español. La versión de estas clases hechas en español se llama GenteFuerte, y son diseñadas para mejorar la fuerza, la resistencia, el equilibrio y la flexibilidad, todos importantes para mantener el buen funcionamiento físico […]
  • by Luke Verdecchia
    Desiree Torres understands the value of being part of a supportive environment that encourages young people to be involved in their communities, something she witnessed firsthand with Youth Advocates for Community Health (YACH), a program of UW–Madison Extension. Christa Van Treeck, associate professor and youth development educator in Marquette County, is working with a group […]
  • by Megan Sankey
    Each year, the USDA’s National Institute on Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recognizes visionary leadership and diversity in educational programming. The Growing Together Multi-State Collaborative – which includes UW–Madison Extension, Iowa State University Cooperative Extension, Purdue University Extension, Michigan State University, Montana State University, South Dakota State University, University of Illinois, University of Nebraska, and the […]
  • by Matthew Call
    All at once John Manno found himself unemployed, without health insurance, and in excruciating pain. Manno, who lives in Ashland, is a freelance musician and rental property owner who has had sporadic health insurance. Just before his back gave out, he found himself completely priced out of the options he saw. Then came the diagnosis: […]


If you have any questions regarding Health & Well-Being programming in Forest County, please contact:

Terri Kolb

Health & Well-Being Educator

University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension

Forest and Oneida Counties

Office Phone: (715) 365-2756

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