Vision and Values


Portage County is engaged in being the healthiest community in the state.


Improve the well-being of the Portage County community through the development of partnerships to promote healthy eating and active living.

Our Story

In 2006, Portage County received a grant to help kids become active. The county needed a community group to work with and Portage County CAN was born.

Today, Portage County Can is a network of local individuals and organizations interested in connecting all the good work that’s already happening to make our community healthier.

Portage County Can supporters believe that a healthy community enhances the lives of individuals, families, and communities. We believe that walking trails, biking trails, farmers markets, community potlucks, as well as a myriad of other activities going on in the Stevens Point area, improve lives. We believe that a community that emphasizes health will attract quality people and businesses to our community.

As far as groups go, we are fairly new. In our short history people have come and gone, projects have come and gone, money has come and gone, and we’ve had more meetings on organizational structure than we care to remember. But the passion has not slowed and the people you see below are committed to making the connections so that parents, workers, leaders, and business so can spread their ideas and work together for a healthier Portage County.

What do we want to accomplish?

Portage County CAN aims to support individuals and organizations that take action to increase physical activity and healthy food choices. Moving more and eating better, even without weight loss, can reduce the risks of chronic diseases and the cost to our community. We provide ways for Portage County to network and share ideas and success stories to create the change you want to see in the community and support organizations (schools, worksites, children’s groups) that want to create environments that empower us all to be move more and eat well.

Learn more:

View our 2018 PC CAN Annual Report