Wisconsin Active Together

Wisconsin Active Together recently named Sun Prairie as one of 14 communities across the state recognized for its efforts to promote active lifestyles.

Sun Prairie starts 2019 recognized as a Wisconsin Active Together Community to promote active lifestyles and for a pledge to foster health too.

The newly named Wisconsin Active Together Communities, now reaching 1.4 million Wisconsinites across the state, know that even small changes in the landscape and in promoting being active can add up to creating lasting changes for everyone’s benefit.

Sun Prairie Moves, Inc. and its community partners, demonstrated what they’ve done and a commitment to advancing strategies for safe places to walk, bike, and be active and now joins 20 others to be called a Wisconsin Active Together community.

More communities can also apply to be recognized in 2019 for its commitment to advancing strategies for safe places to walk, bike, and be active while getting connected to resources, training, and a peer network of experts.

Created and supported by a network of local coalitions and statewide organizations, Wisconsin Active Together is also proud to announce the other newly named Wisconsin Active Together Communities (#WIActiveTogether). Get to know Sun Prairie’s efforts more through the Sun Prairie community profile at WIActiveTogether.org as well as the other communities and coalitions:

• East Central Wisconsin; East Central Regional Planning Commission;

• Fitchburg; Bike Fitchburg;

• Ft. Atkinson; Fort Healthy Wellness Coalition;

• Greater Green Bay / Brown County; Wello;

• Jackson County; Jackson In Action;

• Manitowoc County; Healthiest Manitowoc County;

• Middleton; City of Middleton;

• Oregon; Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce

• Sheboygan; Mayor’s Neighborhood Leadership Cabinet

• Sun Prairie; Sun Prairie Moves, Inc.;

• Cambridge Area Community; Cambridge Wellness Collaborative;

• Verona; Verona Common Council and the Verona Chamber of Commerce;

• Walworth County; Walworth County Healthy Eating Active Living; and

• Whitewater; City of Whitewater.

“It’s an opportunity to work locally with city staff, elected officials and community partners to make a difference where you live,” said Peter Dettmer, president of Sun Prairie Moves, Inc. “We want to celebrate Sun Prairie’s progress in promoting opportunities to increase physical activity, community design that provides new bicycling infrastructure, and work to make it easier and safer for residents to bike more.”

In order to work to make Wisconsin Active Together, residents are encouraged to join Sun Prairie Moves, Inc. in advancing local strategies for safe places to walk, bike, and be active by getting outdoors and being active.

Coalitions at the regional, county, city, even neighborhood level are encouraged to learn more at WIActiveTogether.org.

Once selected, your organization will be recognized for progress and commitment to making it easier to walk, bike, and be active while also getting support to work towards greater policy change to foster health so their communities can thrive.

“The Wisconsin Active Together Application is easy to fill out and gives you a comprehensive scorecard around walking, biking, and being active,” said Dettmer.

“And we’re going to be able to use the application to work with the City of Sun Prairie, the Sun Prairie Area School District, the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce, and other community partners,” Dettmer added, “on how we can improve to make riding a bicycle safer and more accessible for residents of Sun Prairie.”

Statewide partners who have co-developed or support the Wisconsin Active Together campaign include healthTIDE, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the Wisconsin Active Communities Alliance (WACA), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Main Street Communities, the YMCA, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation, and the American Planning Association Wisconsin Chapter.

For more information about Sun Prairie Moves (formerly known as the Sun Prairie Bicycle Advocacy Group), email Dettmer at pcdettmer@gmail.com or Chris Clinton at Chris@chrisclinton.com

For a complete list of available Wisconsin Active Community resources, visit WIActiveTogether.org.

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