Take the Sugar Out Day Pledge

The Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition has a challenge for the community; reduce how much rethink drinksugar you eat for one day. In celebration of February Dental Health Month, we are asking families, businesses, and organizations to take the Sugar Out Day pledge on February 17th.

Besides promoting a community pledge, activities are planned in February for Kate Goodrich Elementary, Trinity Lutheran School, Maple Grove Elementary, and Tomahawk Elementary. All schools can participate by checking out the 2016 Sugar Out Day Elementary School Toolkit Final Continue Reading > >

Merrill Community Garden – Plots Available

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Applications are now being accepted for plots at the Merrill Community Garden. The Merrill Community Garden is located on Pine Crest Grounds at the Corner of Sixth Street and Memorial Street. There will be approximately 24 garden plots for rent available this Spring. The garden is open to anyone interested in having an organic garden alongside others in their community; no pesticides such as Continue Reading > >

New Meningococcal B Vaccine

vaccineThere is now a vaccine available to help protect against the spread of meningococcal B disease; this is the disease that has spread at colleges during the last several years. “Meningococcal disease is a rare but serious illness,” said Mindy Schwarz, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln County Health Department. “It can cause blood stream infections and swelling of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. This can result in life changing disabilities, such as, loss of arms and legs or even death.” Continue Reading > >

Radon A Silent Killer: January is National Radon Action Month

Winter HomeYou can protect your family against lung cancer by testing radon within your home. January is National Radon Action Month. Radon continues to be the second leading cause of lung cancer, and the first leading cause among non-smokers. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that as many as 21,000 lung cancer deaths are caused by radon each year. Continue Reading > >

Lincoln County Releases Results of 2015 Illegal Tobacco Sales

Drivers LicenseThis past summer the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition (NWTFC) conducted tobacco compliance checks throughout Lincoln County.  A total of 29 random checks were completed for any retailer in the county that has a tobacco license and 4 of these establishments sold tobacco to a minor. The current illegal sale rate of 13.8% is up from last year’s illegal sale rate of 0%.  Judy Sargent R.N., Lincoln County WI WINS Coordinator states “We are disappointed to see the rate increase this year. There is work to be done to achieve a 0% sale rate again.  One of the main issues for many store clerks this year was not neglect to check identification, but the misreading of the ID.”  During the course of the summer, a majority of clerks asked to see a youth’s ID, but some unfortunately misread the ID and still sold the tobacco product.    Continue Reading > >