Foodborne Illness Increases in Summer

fairsandfood_b250pxEvery year approximately 1 in 6 Americans gets sick, and 128,000 are hospitalized from foodborne illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Lincoln County Health Department is reminding citizens that by following basic food safety tips, it can help lower the chance that you, your family, and friends get sick this summer at a party or picnic. “Foodborne illness increases in the summer for a few different reasons,” says Meghan Williams, Registered Environmental Health Specialist, Lincoln County Health Department. “One of the biggest reasons is that warm humid weather provides favorable conditions for bacteria to grow.” Continue Reading > >

Intern to Work with Wisconsin Wins Program

wis_wins_logoElizabeth Mors from Nicolet Area Technical College, is joining the Wisconsin Wins project and visiting tobacco license holders to find out which businesses are complying with the law and which ones may need to provide their employees with more training regarding tobacco sales. Mors will be working in six counties: Oneida, Forest, Lincoln, Florence, Vilas, and Price. Continue Reading > >

Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day – June 9, 2016

thermometeringrassHeat can kill. Hundreds of people die from extreme heat events each year in the United States. That’s why Governor Scott Walker has declared Thursday, June 9, as Heat Awareness Day. Lincoln County Emergency Management and the Lincoln County Health Department are reminding people of the dangers associated with extreme heat.

“As temperatures increase over the summer months, it’s important that Lincoln County residents take appropriate precautions,” says Kristin Bath, Health Educator and Preparedness Coordinator for the Lincoln County Health Department. “Lincoln County has a higher rate of emergency room visits due to heat stress than the Wisconsin average.” Continue Reading > >

Lincoln County Drug-Free Coalition Teams Up with Local Pizza Restaurants to Promote Parents that Host Lose the Most Campaign

PWH Logo2This graduation season, local pizza restaurants are partnering with the Lincoln County Drug-Free Coalition and Law Enforcement to promote the Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don’t Be a Party to Underage Drinking Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to educate the community about the health risks of underage drinking and the legal outcomes of providing alcohol to youth.

The following pizza establishments are supporting the Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don’t Be a Party to Underage Drinking Campaign by placing stickers on carry out pizza boxes/containers and posting posters within their restaurant. Continue Reading > >

Health Department Announces Public Health Photo Contest Winner

Photo Contest WinnerThe Lincoln County Health Department is proud to announce the winner of the Public Health Photo Contest, Brenda Mueller of Merrill. She was awarded a Schwinn Hybrid Super Sport 2 Disc bicycle donated by Schwinn, designed locally in Madison, WI, for her photo submission showing composting.

Contestants were asked to submit photos during the month of April showing “what public health means to me.” Photos were required to address one of the following public health themes: (1) Making Healthy Choices (2) Being Safe (3) Protecting the Environment (4) Volunteering/Participating in Community Groups. Continue Reading > >