Join us for a Conversation on Food Security in Lincoln County

Food Security is defined as access to all people, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life. To learn more about food security in Lincoln County, we invite you to join us for a conversation on food security in Lincoln County. There are two opportunities to join the conversation.

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Ministry Health Sacred Heart, Tomahawk, Spruce Room
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Lincoln County Service Center, 801 N. Sales Street, Merrill, Room 156.

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Take the Sugar Out Day Pledge on February 18

The Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition is encouraging individuals, families, businesses and organizations in the community to participate in the Sugar Out Day Challenge on Saturday, February 18, 2017. It will be a day of challenge and awareness to reduce and/or eliminate how much sugar you eat for one day by completing a pledge form.  In return of a completed pledge form to Lincoln County Health Department, you will be entered into a drawing eligible for a gift card for fresh fruits and vegetables in March. Continue Reading > >

Radon: Leading Cause of Lung Cancer among Non- Smokers

Winter HomeDid you know that radon gas causes more than 20,000 deaths a year? It is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the United States. You cannot see, smell, or taste it, so it is easy to forget that radon may be a problem. Help protect you and your family by testing your home for radon during January- National Radon Action Month.

Radon is a natural, odorless gas. It enters buildings through cracks within the basement, walls, and gaps around pipes. “The only way to know the radon level in your home is to test for it,” stated Meghan Williams, Environmental Health Specialist Continue Reading > >

Number of WI Retailers Selling Tobacco to Minors Inching Closer to 10%

teen-smoking-e-cigaretteMore Wisconsin kids are being sold tobacco products illegally, according to new data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The data comes from the 2016 Synar survey, which examines the number of retailers that sell tobacco to minors. The 2016 rate of 7.2% is up from 6.8% in 2015 and 6.4% in 2014.

While Wisconsin remains below the national average of 10%, local health advocates say there’s reason for concern. “The fact is that a number of the tobacco products being sold in stores are highly appealing to youth,” says Judy Sargent, Public Health Nurse, Lincoln County Health Department. “Preventing these sales is a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to protecting kids and improving the health of our community.” Continue Reading > >

Lincoln County Releases Results of 2016 WI WINS Compliance Checks

wis_wins_logoThis past summer the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition (NWTFC) conducted tobacco compliance checks throughout Lincoln County. A total of 30 random checks were completed for any retailer in the county that had a tobacco license; 3 of these establishments sold tobacco to a minor. The current illegal sale rate of 10% is down from last year’s illegal sale rate of 13.8%. Although this is an improvement from the previous year, it is unfortunate that several convenience store sales clerks did not properly check purchaser’s IDs and sold to minors. Continue Reading > >