Mission / Vision


Primary mission: to foster healthy lifestyles in the Cross Plains Wisconsin and surrounding communities. Secondary mission: to reduce obesity through improved nutrition and increased physical activity to ultimately lower obesity-related disease risk.

We envision a Cross Plains community embracing a healthy lifestyle of good nutrition and active pursuits both in an indoor center and outdoors through trails and parks, accessible for all ages, genders, cultures and economic levels.


We are a Cross Plains and area community grass roots initiative whose members are united in promoting health, thus mirroring the leaders before us who have guided this community to positive wellness change.


Guiding Principles

We define community health comprehensively to include direct health outcomes such as obesity and chronic disease.
As such, our work is based on a socio-ecological model that recognizes that the social and physical environments in which people live, work and play affect their health and health behavior as much as genetics and individual factors.
Policies and physical improvements to neighborhoods are most effective and embraced by the community when they are relevant and reflect the every-day needs and priorities of residents. We will strive to help residents understand how policy and environmental changes relate to their health concerns and priorities.
Strategies will be based on a needs assessment and needs analysis, with evidence-based interventions of proven success and sustainability.
We are stronger when we work together and build each other’s capacity to advance our mission. We will work to create a cooperative environment within the coalition that includes seeking joint funding and collaborating to sustain the work of coalition organizations

Our Goals:
Increase physical activity. Develop preschool, after-school, adult and senior programs.
Improve nutrition. Promote healthy fruit and vegetable consumption, decrease sugar intake and encourage gardens and local farmer’s markets.
Establish a community wellness/fitness center for all ages to promote indoor physical activity, enrichment workshops and social connectedness.
improve and promote outdoor healthy activities such as walking/snow-shoe trails, bike paths and parks
Target healthy weight management with nutritional education and fitness opportunities.
Work with UW School of Medicine & Public Health- Wisconsin Partnership Program to target healthy weight management to lower disease risk.
Partner with the village of Cross Plains and surrounding communities to promote park utilization and recreational activities.
Make recommendations to schools and businesses on healthy choices.

Life Foundation Board
Dr. Jane Busch
Board President
BS, Dentistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
DDS University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Certified in Dance Fitness, Parkinson’s Fitness
Dentist, Cross Plains
Director of Dental Education, D&S Dental Laboratory, Waunakee, WI
Dance Fitness Instructor, Harbor Athletic Club.
Dance Fitness Instructor, Madison School and Community Recreation
American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association, Dane County Dental Society

Dr. Dan Jarzemsky
Board Vice President
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University Evanston IL
MD Rush Medical College Chicago, Illinois
Wausau Family Practice Residency Program UW School of Medicine Wausau, Wisconsin.
Certified, American Board of Family Practice, 
Medical Director Heartland Country Village Nursing Home Black Earth, Wisconsin
Clinical Associate Professor Department of Family Medicine UW School of Medicine and Public Health Madison, Wisconsin
Family Physician UW Health-Cross Plains Dept. of Family Practice Cross Plains WI since 1984, Clinic Site Director since 2007.
American Academy of Family Physicians
Max Fox Preceptor Award-for excellence in teaching the 4th year medical students

EA Bud Busch
 Board Secretary/Treasurer
Registered Designer of Engineering Systems, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Madison, WI
LEED AP Certified, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional.
Member/Volunteer, American Parkinson Disease Association, Madison Chapter.


The LIFE FOUNDATION’S STRATEGIC PLAN will address the need for access with a proposed Community Wellness Fitness Center and creation/expansion of multi-use trails, working with the Village, the Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA), and the Wolf Run Association. Fitness classes will support an individual adapted health behavior change. Support programs, Empower Kids, Empower Adults, Empower Employees, administered through UW Health Cross Plains, will offer fitness, nutrition, weight management, counseling and a support system to effect a lifestyle change. The “Step Up” program is a pedometer walking club. It will supplement Empower and the IATA Saunters project. To address youth obesity, the Walking School Bus, the Bike Train, bike lanes, trail access and crossing guard strategies will be implemented. Nutrition will be addressed with Rethink Your Drink, promoting more water consumption, less sugar sweetened beverages. As a way for healthcare providers to discuss obesity with pediatric patients, Prompt cards 5210 (5 fruits/vegetables per day, less than 2 hours screen time, 1 hour exercise daily and 0 sugar-sweetened beverages) will be a UW Health Cross Plains medical clinic pilot program. From individual to community gardens, from preschool to senior gardens, from Farmers Markets to Community Supported Agriculture Coops, community nutrition will be addressed