Our History

The Polk County Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition (NPA) was started in the spring of 2003 in response to the Western Wisconsin Nutrition Coalition Initiative. Since then, NPA has expanded from 5 members to more than 65 and has successfully carried out several grants through its 6 standing committees: Executive, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Breastfeeding, School, and Worksite. 
Current and Past Grants
  • WI DPH-Diabetes Prevention Mini-Grant, 2005
  • WI DOT-Highway Safety Funds, 2005
  • WI DHS-Healthier Wisconsin Worksites Grant, 2006
  • WI DATCP-AmeriCorps Farm to School Grant, 2008
  • Polk-Burnett Charities-Operation Round-Up, 2009
  • WI DHS-Local Implementation of the Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity State Plan Grant, 2009
  • WI DHS-Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant, 2009
  • NACCHO-ACHIEVE Communities Grant, 2010
  • WI DHS-Active School Environments Grant, 2010
Current Focus
The most recent Polk County Community Health Assessment identified physical activity and nutrition as being the top two health priorities for Polk County. Addressing this concern along with the problem of overweight and obesity is NPA’s current focus.
See attachments below to view or print the NPA brochure.


Healthy Lifestyle, Community, Environment



To inspire, motivate and educate individuals and communities 

to be healthy through good nutrition and physical activity


A balance of healthy diet and physical activity is an 

integral factor in living a longer, healthier life

Individual health behaviors can be positively influenced 

by policies and the environment in which we live

Partnerships will expand our efforts and services through 

shared responsibility and increased mobilization of 

talents, resources and approaches

Janel Hemmesch,
Mar 29, 2012, 11:02 AM