Waukesha County

"Live Well Waukesha County" Invites Residents to "Move Well," Improve Physical Health with Free Activities





(WAUKESHA, WI) – The Live Well Waukesha County initiative kicks off its “Move Well” physical fitness campaign with a series of community Sunset Candlelight Hikes starting on Thursday, April 25 at Retzer Nature Center (S14 W28167 Madison St, Waukesha). Residents are invited to improve their physical and nutritional health by attending free fitness activities and by signing up for the initiative at www.waukeshacounty.gov/livewell.


Move Well Waukesha County addresses the community’s fitness needs by providing free physical activities for Waukesha County residents, including community Wellness Walks, a Fit in the Parks summer exercise series, and a Winter Wellness series. Events will take place in Oconomowoc, Menomonee Falls, Mukwonago, City of Waukesha, and Waukesha County parks and municipal facilities. The program may expand to include more communities in the future.


Four Wellness Walks are currently scheduled:

  • April 25th - Sunset/Candlelight Hike at Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha 7:30-9:00 pm
  • April 29th - Lake Country Trail Hike at Roosevelt Park, Oconomowoc  5:30-7:30 pm
  • May 3rd - Sunset/Candlelight Hike at Menomonee Park, Menomonee Falls 7:00-9:00 pm
  • May 10th - Sunset/Candlelight Hike at Mukwonago Park, Mukwonago 7:30-9:00 pm


The Fit in the Parks summer exercise series will offer a variety of outdoor fitness classes in city and county parks in partnership with the various YMCA’s, Park/Recreation Departments, School Districts, Yoga Studios, Easterseals of Southeast Wisconsin, ProHealth Care and Froedtert.


Move Well Waukesha County is one component of the Live Well Waukesha County initiative, which addresses two of the community’s most prevalent health issues, physical fitness and nutrition. The other component, Eat Well Waukesha County offers free resources to address nutrition challenges.


The 2017-2018 Community Health Improvement Plan and Process (CHIPP) found that 70% of Waukesha County adults to be overweight or obese. Less than half of them meet recommended nutrition and physical activity goals. Live Well Waukesha County’s goals are to:

  • Increase consumption of 3+ vegetables/day from 25% to 30% by the end of 2021
  • Increase recommended moderate or vigorous activity levels from 46% to 50% by the end of 2021
  • Reduce overweight or obese adults with a BMI of 25+ from 70+% to 68% by the end of 2021


More information is available online at www.waukeshacounty.gov/livewell, or follow us on Facebook.  




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