Health Literacy Program Begins

CWLC has provided a Health Literacy program since 2011 for all our volunteers. It became a major outreach effort for CWLC in 2012 when we received a grant to create new materials.

Additional funding has allowed CWLC to expand and improve materials, now available in English and Spanish.

The program uses a BINGO game format and is delivered to participants at community meal sites in Marshfield, Wausau and Wisconsin Rapids.

More than 120 people participated in the first program of the fall last week in Wisconsin Rapids, addressing cholesterol. October’s program focuses on oral health care.

The monthly program addresses 10 of the highest health priorities identified by Wisconsin health care professionals as part of Healthiest Wisconsin 2020.

“The recent news that Wisconsin lost ground in national obesity rates is one sign of the need for information we provide,” CWLC Executive Director Stephen Carlton said. “Wisconsin climbed from the 22nd most obese population to the 14th. That’s not the direction we need to grow.”

Initially supported with a grant provided by Riverview Healthcare Foundation in 2012, additional grants from Security Health Plan Foundation, Delta Dental of Wisconsin, and Incourage Community Foundation have supported the program since. Recently, a regional bank contributed over $1,000 to support the program in Wood County.