LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – In November, the greater La Crosse community nominated individuals and organizations to be recognized as Healthy Living Heroes for their efforts to make La Crosse County a healthier place to live, learn, work and play.
The review committee selected the following recipients:
Individual Award Winner: Douglas Neuschwanger, Executive Chef – Three Rivers Lodge
Douglas Neuschwanger, Executive Chef at Three Rivers Lodge, undoubtedly stays busy planning and
preparing menu items that appeal to a wide variety of guests. One menu that often lacks variety is the
children’s menu. Chef Neuschwanger, who is a Johnson and Wales graduate in culinary arts and
nutrition, eagerly worked to make changes to the Three Rivers Lodge children’s menu. Grilled chicken
breast, salmon, steamed broccoli, sautéed green beans and buttered carrots are offered up alongside
standard children’s menu fare. Chef Neuschwanger has managed to empower children through their
ability to select from different entrees and side options which is a welcome change when dining out as a
family in our community.
The Organization Award Winner is Wafer Food Pantry. Wafer works to provide food and eliminate hunger in La Crosse County serving just over 1,500 families each month. Over the past 30 years, Wafer has continually evolved its services and offerings to address the needs of the community. In 2017, a mobile pantry was added in response to the recognition that not all in need of services were able to commute to Wafer’s main facility. This lofty undertaking went above and beyond the normal services provided by a food pantry and is certainly a welcome addition to the La Crosse community. Additionally, Wafer puts together packages and delivers senior share boxes to local meal sites, holds a monthly food fair where families can pick up additional food items that are outside their regular food packages and offers monthly interactive classes on preparing healthier meals.
These are just a sampling of the services offered. These services are also what make Wafer stand out as
an asset to the La Crosse community.
Healthy Living Heroes were awarded at the annual January meeting with plaques and a hot, healthy
breakfast on January 11 at the Myrick Park Center. Formed in 2009, the Healthy Living Collaboration has
taken the charge to bring together groups working to promote nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco-
free living; three behaviors that are major contributors to chronic disease and premature deaths among
La Crosse County residents. For more information about the Healthy Living Collaboration visit: www.GetActiveLaCrosse.org.