“Shed Some Light on Mental Health Walk” – Saturday, September 20, 2014

3rd Annual “Shed Some Light on Mental Health Walk”Walk-5

The walk will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Normal Park, Merrill; registration starts at 8:30 am. The purpose of the walk is to bring awareness to suicide and increase awareness on mental health issues. The walk is free of charge and is sponsored by Lincoln County Suicide Prevention Task Force. Continue Reading > >

Ebola

What is Ebola? Ebola

Ebola is a virus in the family of viral hemorrhagic fevers. It was first discovered in 1976 in the central African country of Democratic Republic of Congo.  Since then it has appeared sporadically throughout the African continent.

Currently, Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) transmission is occurring in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria. Approximately 60% of the people who become ill with EVD, die from the illness. Please check the CDC website for an up to date list of affected countries. Continue Reading > >

Caution Swimmers of Blue-Green Algal Blooms

When in doubt, best keep out!

What is Blue-Green Algae?

Blue-green algae, technically known as cyanobacteria or what many people refer to as “pond BG Algae Caution Sign  8 5 x 11scum,” are naturally found in waterways in Lincoln County at low levels. When conditions are just right blue-green algae can grow very quickly in number producing a scum layer or mat on the surface of water. Booms typically occur during the warm weather months between mid-June and mid-September. People may be exposed to blue-green algae thought contact with the skin, through inhalation, or by swallowing contaminated water.

Current Lake Conditions

Currently Lake Nokomis is posted with a caution for Swimmers of Blue-Green Algal Blooms, as well as Pelican Lake in Oneida County.

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Lincoln County Health Department Kicks Off HPV Awareness Campaign!

If there was a vaccine that could prevent cancer, wouldn’t you get it for your child? Lincoln Circle-Kids2County Health Department announces new efforts to increase vaccine rates for the cancer prevention Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among youth in Lincoln County. The plan includes a public awareness campaign geared toward families of youth, school immunization clinics, and education opportunities for health care providers.

The primary purpose of the HPV vaccine is to prevent cancer. The vaccine protects against the types of HPV that cause 70 percent of cervical cancer in women as well as several other types of cancers in men and women. HPV is spread generally through sexual contact. The shot is usually given at or around age 11-12 for both boys and girls. It is given as three shots over six months. HPV vaccine is also recommended for older teens and young adults who did not receive the vaccine or did not complete the 3 doses when they were younger. It can be given at the same time as the vaccines that prevent whooping cough and meningococcal disease, as well as any other vaccines youth may be due to receive. Continue Reading > >

EBT and Debit Now Welcome At Farmers Markets

DETA-5Local farmers’ markets are a great source of fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods. Now through a Centers of Disease Control and Prevention CHANGE (Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation grant) provided by Wisconsin Division of Public Health and the support from community partners, buying fresh local produce is possible for FoodShare recipients.

Access to healthy foods was identified in 2012 as a health priority for Lincoln County. The percentage of Lincoln County residents receiving FoodShare benefits rose from 5.2% in 2007 to 14.1% in 2012. Statistics also show that 31% of WIC participants have low food security, and 5% have very low food security. Increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for those with low food security is a way to increase availability of healthy foods to all Lincoln County residents. Continue Reading > >