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Community wellness resources

Local wellness resources and opportunities

Local wellness resources

To help manage your health, start by taking a short assessment on Family Health Manager to find your health score. After completing your assessment and receiving your health report, you can use the following local resources to help you with your health goals.

Food support

If you or someone you know is struggling to put food on the table, please contact one of the community resources listed below.

  • Backpack Program
    With school staff recommendation, eligible students receive a backpack of nonperishable food on Friday. Available at some Pierce County Elementary Schools.
    136 North Riverwalk, River Falls, WI 54022
  • Food Share Program
    The Food Share Program aims to end hunger, and improve nutrition and health. To qualify for food share, you must meet certain income and resource standards.
  • Free Community Meals
    A free meal of soup and bread is served every third Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m.
    St. Bridget's Church
    211 East Division Street, River Falls, WI 54022
  • River Falls Community Food Pantry
    222 North Main Street, River Falls, WI 54022
  • Salvation Army
    For emergency food needs, an operator can connect you with volunteers in your area.
  • School Breakfast and Lunch
    To qualify for reduced-price or free school meals, your family must meet certain household income standards.
  • Second & Fourth Tuesday Banquest
    A free meal is served every second and fourth Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m.
    St. Bridget's Church
    211 East Division Street, River Falls, WI 54022
  • Senior Meal Sites and Home-delivered Meals
    Midday meals offered daily to senior citizens at six sites in Pierce County. Meals can be delivered in each area to anyone who is unable to leave home without help.
    Pierce County Human Services Department
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Special Supplemental Food Program
    You must meed certain household income standards to qualify for WIC.
    Pierce County Health Department
  • Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP)
    The WNEP provides community-based nutrition education programs to those who meet certain income standards.
    UW - Extension, Pierce County

Healthy Communities Partnership

The Penny George Institute oversees the Healthy Communities Partnership - a three-year program to screen, assess and improve the health of residents in 13 communities throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. The program's aim is to help prevent deaths and chronic diseases related to poor nutrition, inadequate exercise, smoking and hazardous drinking.

Workplace Wellness program

Interested local businesses should call Brandi Poellinger at
715-307-6084 to learn more about the Workplace Wellness program.

A helpful reality check

Kirk Mueller said that his initial visit with his health coach was a type of wake-up call. "It helped me know where I was physically, mentally and emotionally in terms of my health," he said.

Workplace Wellness is part of the three-year Healthy Communities Partnership program, sponsored by the Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing and the George Family Foundation. The River Falls Area Hospital's Workplace Wellness program offers the following free, proven wellness services:

  • Employee/spouse health screenings. This includes a blood cholesterol test and sugar panel, along with a blood pressure check and basic health risk assessment. Screenings are offered annually.
  • Ongoing health coaching. Every participant who completes a survey and assessment can work with a wellness coach. People with specific issues are connected to community health/wellness resources when appropriate.
  • Worksite education. Based on interests and needs, customized employee education is provided at the workplace to help support healthful life changes, enhance productivity and improve morale/retention.

While wellness coaches focus on physical health, they also work with employees to promote health in any area that might be challenging for them, including emotional and financial wellness. The goal is to help workers in the River Falls area live healthier, happier lives.

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