"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"
-Margaret Mead

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Newest Team Member - Layne Cozzolino

Layne Cozzolino
Health Educator
Communities Putting Prevention to Work

Layne has just joined the team as our newest Health Educator. Her experience comes from a variety of fields ranging from agriculture and food service to marketing and customer service. She moved to Central Wisconsin from Milwaukee to attend graduate school at UW-Stevens Point. Her interest in health and food policy brought her to study Nutritional Science with an emphasis in community food systems and sustainability. This past summer she lived and worked on an organic farm in order to learn about that aspect of the food system. Currently, she is researching Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) acceptance at farmer's markets.

Layne believes in the power of community and looks forward to helping Wood County learn more about healthy and sustainable living through several CPPW initiatives.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Meet the Communities Putting Prevention to Work Program Coordinator

DaNita Carlson has been a Health Educator for the Wood County Health Department for almost 10 years. Hired in 2001 as the Tobacco Prevention Specialist, she worked on tobacco control initiatives and was instrumental in building a Wood County coalition to support and drive the passage of Wisconsin's comprehensive Smoke Free Air law, implemented July of 2010.

In recent months, DaNita has transitioned into the role of Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) Program Coordinator. Her focus will be educating Wood County residents on the obesity epidemic plaguing our nation, state and county.

DaNita has been married for nearly 20 years to Don and has 2 teen daughters named Presley and Peri.