Seeking Your Input on Health Survey

Healthy People Lincoln County is interested in learning more about the health issues affecting Lincoln County residents. Starting this June, a community health opinion survey will be distributed throughout the county to gather information on the strengths, challenges and barriers to health in Lincoln County. This information will be used to identify health priorities and will help guide countywide prevention efforts for the next five years. Individuals that complete the survey will be entered to win a $50 Chamber Gift Certificate that can be used at local businesses.

Complete the survey online – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JWRXHL8

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Teen Sexual Health Event for Parents – June 29

Not sure how to have “the talk” with your child? On Thursday, June 29th,  the Lincoln County Health Department will be sponsoring an event in collaboration with local primary care provider Dr. Jeffrey Moore and nurse practitioner student Katie Baumann to review current STD statistics in Lincoln County and how you as a parent can get the conversation started by talking to your teen about sex and sexual health. The event will be held at the Lincoln County Service Center, 801 N Sales St. in Merrill, Room 257 at 5pm. All are welcome.

Tobacco Sales Training Website Unveils New URL

For the past decade, Smokecheck.org has been the online destination for Wisconsin tobacco retailers looking for training to help them avoid illegal tobacco sales and hefty fines. Now, the site has a new name, www.WITobaccoCheck.org, along with new features.

The training at www.WITobaccoCheck.org is still free, but new features for tobacco retailers are now included, like the ability to create a store account, monitor employee training progress, and download employee training certificates. The reason the new URL was chosen is to include other tobacco types beyond cigarettes that are increasingly popular with young people. In Wisconsin, 13% of Wisconsin high school students report smoking e-cigarettes, compared to 8.1% who report smoking cigarettes. Continue Reading > >

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, May 22-28

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week will take place May 22-28, 2017, marking the 13th anniversary of this observance.  Swimming offers many health benefits, but it is also associated with health risks (for example, diarrhea, drowning, and sunburn).

The Lincoln County Health Department wants to help you and your families have a safe and fun swimming season. Here are a few tips on how you can protect yourself and others this summer: Continue Reading > >

Measles Outbreak Close to Home

A recent outbreak of measles is hitting close to Wisconsin borders. As of May 10, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health is reporting that 51 cases of measles have been confirmed. Forty-seven (92%) of the cases are confirmed to be unvaccinated. The majority of those infected are children between ages 0-17 years. At this time, 15 people affected have been hospitalized and no one has died. There is no reported spread of this outbreak into Wisconsin at this time. Continue Reading > >