Nutrition Coalition

The Lincoln County Nutrition Coalition was formed in 2012 after nutrition and healthy foods was identified as one the major health needs of the county. The coalition includes partners from various sectors of the community that work together on the following goals:

  • Increase access to nutritious foods
  • Improve nutrition- eating more nutritious foods and beverages choices
Members Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital, UW- Extension Lincoln County, Ascension Sacred Heart/St. Mary’s Hospital, Lincoln County Health Department, Health First, Inc.
Partners Marshfield Clinic Merrill, Merrill Area Public Schools, Ascension Medical Group Tomahawk, Dave’s County Market, Nelson’s County Market, Allied Health Chiropractic, Aging and Disability Resource Center, Bridge Dental Clinic, Russ Davis Wholesale, Church Mutual, Parkside Preschool Merrill, Heartland Cooperative Services Merrill, and community members.

Coalition Initiatives

Point of Purchase Campaigns

Point of purchase campaigns are strategies used to promote purchasing certain products right at store. These may include coupons, samples, or education on the product. The Nutrition coalition has worked with local businesses to provide labels and signage to promote the purchases of healthier food items.

Cooking Demonstrations

Hands on classes in which residents increase their understanding on what are nutritious foods and how to process fresh foods either through cooking and or preserving are offered through UW Extension at local food pantries.

Access to Community Gardens

Grants and funding through coalition members have provided funding for creation and expansion of community gardens in both Tomahawk and Merrill.

Featured Project

The main message of 5210 is eating 5 fruits and vegetables each day, watching 2 or less hours of recreational screen time, being physically active at least 1 hour each day, and drinking 0 sugary beverages. The 5210 program offers a variety of ideas on improving eating and physical activity habits in children and adults. The Nutrition Coalition launched 5210 in the Fall of 2016 and continues to offer education and presentations on 5210 at local community events, businesses, and schools.

Get Involved

To learn more about the Lincoln County Nutrition Coalition and how you can get involved, contact Kristi Krombholz, Public Health Nurse, at 715-539-1376 or email at


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease and Control offer a variety of information and resources for both the public and medical professionals on healthy eating and Nutrition.


MyPlate is a nationally recognized program that assists in building a healthy eating lifestyle.

Nutrition.Gov is a USDA-sponsored website that offers credible information to help you make healthful eating choices.

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