Monthly Archives: October 2014

Role Models

Every Parent is a Role Model

Being a parent can be difficult, especially with all the outside influence your children get. When it comes to drinking, it is extremely important to be the role model you want your children to see.

Though studies have shown that children really do listen to their parents when they speak about underage and responsible drinking, warning your children about the dangers of drinking only goes so far. To make it truly effective, set a good example yourself.

Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County takes an annual Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) survey of 8th, 10th and 11th graders in the Fond du Lac School District. Parent disapproval of underage alcohol use has increased by almost 10% in the past four years, resulting in 88% of parents’ disapproval of their children drinking underage. This shows us that more children are aware of how their parents feel in regards to underage drinking. We need to make sure that what they continue to see is how parents do not approve of underage and irresponsible drinking.

Tips for modeling responsible drinking:
• Limit your alcohol use, especially in front of your children.
• Do not drink alcohol every day. Set rules and boundaries.
• Do not glorify alcohol and intoxication.
• Never drink and drive.
• Do not convey to your children the idea that alcohol is fun or glamorous through stories about your own or others’ drinking.
• Encourage friends and family to be good roles models for your kids.
• Encourage non-alcoholic family gatherings. Let your children know that you can enjoy yourself without alcohol. Alcohol should never be the focus of a get together.
• Talk to your kids. Explain the importance of drinking moderately and why only adults should consume it. Ask them how they feel about their parents drinking alcohol. What attitudes do they have about alcohol? This will help you reflect on your own drinking behaviors, open up communication with your children and set boundaries for the future.

Winter Farmer Markets

Wisconsin and Fond du Lac County have a strong passion for and history in our agriculture business. What’s better than stopping by the apple farm in the fall or tasting the first vegetables from the garden in the summer? Farmer markets are on the rise all across the nation and Wisconsin is a leader!

The USDA and MyPlate recommend filling at least half of your plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal in order to stay at a healthy weight. Find out more about how to incorporate fruits and vegetables at the MyPlate website:  Fresh, local vegetables have added benefits!

Local produce:

–  Keeps longer

–  Full of flavor

– Reduces your carbon footprint

–  Supports the local economy

– Supports community by connecting with your farmers

The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership recently received a grant from the USDA to boost our local market. This exciting news comes with the announcement of a new winter, indoor market right here in Fond du Lac starting November  1 every Saturday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at 90 S. Main St. There will be plenty of root vegetables, lettuces and  some stray fall vegetables for a while.  Breads, baked goods, maple syrup, and honey will also be available.

The Fresh Market Bus, from Produce with Purpose, has been making it’s stops around town all summer long. Rick, owner of the farm, is planning to host a winter market at the YMCA again this year that is open to the public. Be sure to check the YMCA website for dates and details soon!

Be sure to enjoy our markets this winter, fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, and support our local farmers! To find more markets around the state, visit the Wisconsin Farmers Market Association website:

Violence Against Women

While we know that abuse affects everyone- all races, genders, ages-domestic violence related homicide and suicide remains to be the third leading cause of death for women after car accidents and medical anomalies. Women typically are more vulnerable to these crimes due to their lack of strength or size (as opposed to men) and due to their social hierarchy (being second to men) that is continuously evolving in regards to child rearing expectations, vocational paths, and financial contributions. While men are definite victims of abuse, statistics show that there are more women (83%)  than men (17%) who have been abused over the course of their lifetime. Men are typically targeted in their childhood and elder years, while women remain to be targeted from childhood through their elder years.

What types of violence are used against women?

The most common types of violence used are physical, sexual, emotional and verbal abuse. Other types of abuse that are sometimes used are stalking and trafficking. Stalking is when someone is spying on you, sending you unwanted emails/calls, showing up at your house, or giving you unwanted gifts. Trafficking is when a person is forced or tricked into working in terrible conditions to receive shelter, food, or other basic needs.  A lot of women in these situations are forced to prostitute, do farm work, provide childcare, or provide some type of cleaning for their perpetrator.

How prevalent is domestic violence or sexual assault among women?

Nationwide-1 in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. A woman is sexually assaulted every two minutes in America- 92% of these assaults are by someone the victim knew.

Statewide- There were 4,857 sexual assaults reported to law enforcement in 2010, up 5% from 4,627 in 2009. In 2010, there were 29 females who were killed in a domestic violence incident in Wisconsin. In addition to homicide data, we know that there are approximately 30000 cases of DV reported per year.

How do you know if you are in an abusive relationship?

Does your partner force you to have sex? Tell you what to do? Constantly check your phone/texts without asking? Isolate you from family/friends? Hit you, slap you, or threaten to hurt you?—these are just a few indicators of abusive behavior.

Where can I get help?

St. Agnes Hospital’s Domestic Violence Program has free confidential victim services for counseling, advocacy, and education on abuse and neglect. The DVP also has services available for perpetrators of violence who volunteer for the program or are required by the court system. Anyone can contact the DVP at the crisis number 920-926-4207 which is available 24/7. Otherwise the main number during business hours is 920-926-4207. Program counselors will come out to Ripon Medical, Waupun Memorial, or any other affiliated Agnesian Clinic to meet with people who are in need of services.

If someone is in need of sexual assault victim services, ASTOP Sexual Assault Center in FDL can be contacted at 920-926-5395 or at their emergency number, 920-921-7657. ASTOP will also work with clients in the Ripon and Green Lake areas and have a Green Lake office.

Fond du Lac County also has a shelter for victims of abuse and homeless individuals called the Solutions Center. If someone needs to flee immediately or get out of a dangerous relationship, Solutions Center is a safe haven for you.  Solutions Center also provides case management, legal advocacy, and counseling for those who need assistance getting out of an abusive relationship. Solutions Center can be contacted at 920-923-1743.

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What is the Alcohol Atmosphere at Your Community Event?

Community events and festivals are an important part of our community life and culture. At their best, they can be a place for children to play and family and friends to gather. Festivals and other public events can play a dual role in community norms by both setting and reflecting them.  Community events are often opportunities to celebrate the community and its identity.

The management of alcohol consumption is a major part of the event that must be planned well in advance of the event itself. Public events may unintentionally support and encourage heavy use of alcohol. With beer tents, signage and sponsorships, alcohol can easily overshadow the purpose of these events and become the main attraction. There are many best practices that can be put in place to create a positive atmosphere for all community members.

If you are having a youth and/or family event consider these practices:

  • Provide a designated area for alcohol sales, away from all family and youth-oriented activities where underage patrons are not allowed
  • Keep the youth areas alcohol-free and post signage (Alcohol Free Zone)
  • To reduce youth exposure to advertising, post alcohol advertising above 36” from the ground
  • Sell only non-alcoholic beverages at youth-oriented events, such as athletic games or tournaments

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To reduce binge drinking and intoxication and the consequences of public disturbances or injuries consider these practices:

  • Limit the number of alcoholic beverages that can be purchased at one time:
  • Limit cup size to 12-16 oz. for beer and wine coolers and choose not to serve pitchers
  • Price non-alcoholic drinks less than alcoholic drinks
  • Avoid drink promotions, such as “2 for 1” or “happy hour”

Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County and the Healthy Fond du Lac County 2020 initiative encourages community event planners to use our “Community Event Toolkit for Alcohol Management” located at this link: