Wine & Cheese Tasting Benefits Rural Health Initiative in Waupaca County

March 29, 2012

Event will be April 27 at Crystal Falls Banquet Hall

The Rural Health Initiative is holding its 1st Annual Wine & Cheese Tasting for Waupaca County from 7-10 p.m. on Fri., April 27, at the Crystal Falls Banquet Hall in New London. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample 40 kinds of wine and 40 different types of cheeses while listening to entertainment provided by Uptown.

Money raised at the event will go to the Rural Health Initiative, which brings basic health education and screening to the farm. The Rural Health Initiative expanded earlier this year in Outagamie and Waupaca counties after several successful years in Shawano County. In Shawano County, the program serves about 40 percent of the county’s total farm families.

Registered nurse Shirley Yaeger visits Waupaca County farm families in their homes and offers basic health information and screenings. The visits last about 45 minutes and participants get their lab results that same day.

“Everyone has been very receptive to the program and word is starting to spread. It’s a great opportunity for farmers to get health information at their own homes and not worry about having to go into town,” she said. “We can do health coaching at the same time and provide very individualized information.”

Tickets for the Wine & Cheese Tasting are $25 each. They can be purchased in advance by contacting Rhonda Strebel at (715) 524-1488 or John Lockwood at (715) 256-2500.

Event sponsors include ThedaCare Physicians, Larson Cooperative, First State Bank, Waupaca Area Dairy Promotions, Waupaca Farm Bureau, Premier Community Bank and Jay-Mar.

For more information about the Rural Health Initiative, please visit

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