Join the Sugar Out Day Challenge on March 24

The Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition has a challenge for the community; reduce your sugar for one day. We are asking families and individuals to take the Sugar Out Day pledge on Saturday, March 24th to reduce the sugar you eat and drink for the day. Click here for pledge form.

“The average American consumes almost 152 pounds of sugar in one year; this averages to about 3 pounds of sugar each week” says Karen Krueger, Public Health Nurse for the Lincoln County Health Department and head of the Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition. Continue Reading > >

Ground Water Awareness Week March 11-17

Only 1% of the water on Earth is useable, 99% of which is groundwater. Groundwater is water found under the ground in the cracks and spaces in soil, sand and rock. Approximately 70% of Wisconsin uses groundwater for drinking. The Lincoln County Health Department would like to use this year’s National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 11-17, to remind well owners to test their water every year to prevent illness caused by bad water. “This year’s theme, Test, Tend, and Treat is a reminder of how to keep our private water supply clean and pure,” says Meghan Williams, Lincoln County Registered Environmental Health Specialist. Continue Reading > >

“Eating Right With Every Bite” Coming to Dave’s County Market

Something tasty is coming to Dave’s County Market! Starting Saturday, March 10th, Dave’s County Market is happy to be partnering with the Lincoln County Health Department to promote the “Eating Right With Every Bite” Healthy Recipe Program. On March 10th from 10am-1pm, the Lincoln County Health Department will be at Dave’s County Market to kick off the program. Samples of healthy, family-friendly recipes will be available to shoppers. Recipe cards will be placed throughout the produce section that feature fun and nutritious ideas for the whole family. Shoppers will also find in-store coupons for fruits and vegetables needed to make each of the featured recipes. Continue Reading > >

Tobacco Products Hit a New Low with E-Cigarettes that look like USB Flash Drives

Teachers are used to dealing with disruptions in the classroom – things like passing notes, using cell phones, talking out of turn, etc. Teachers now have a new one to worry about – JUUL e-cigarettes. This alarming upward trend of kids smoking e-cigarettes or “vaping” is occurring in middle schools, high schools and college campuses nationwide. This practice of inhaling through a vape pen can also be referred to as “JUULing,” named after a brand called JUUL, which make devices that are easily concealed.

Students could have these products in the classroom and discretely use them without the teacher even knowing. They are so small, they can be hidden in pens and highlighters and are often mistaken for USB flash drives. They can actually be charged on a laptop or computer. Continue Reading > >

Free Stress Management Programs in Merrill and Tomahawk

The Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition is hosting two four week stress management programs called Taking Care of You in Merrill and Tomahawk. The first program will take place in Merrill on Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at T.B. Scott Library. The second program will be offered in Tomahawk on Mondays, April 2, 16, 23, and May 7, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Tomahawk Public Library. These classes are free and open to the public. Light snacks will be provided. Continue Reading > >