Cold Weather – Warming Sites Available

With the current temperatures and upcoming forecast, Lincoln County Health Department would like to remind residents of warming sites that are available in Lincoln County:

Merrill:

  • Riverside Athletic Club (500 S Center Avenue); 715-536-2481. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Fri. 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Sat. 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • T.B. Scott Free Library (106 W First St); 715-536-7191. Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Sat. 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Community Warming Center (301 W Main St); 715-536-2016. Hours: Nov. 1 and run through April 1. The facility will open at 8 p.m. and will remain open until 7:30 a.m.

Tomahawk:

  • Tomahawk Library (300 W Lincoln Ave); 715-453-2455. Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Sat. 9:00 a.m-1:00 p.m.
  • Tomahawk Senior Center (113 S. Tomahawk Ave); 715-453-5757. Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Tomahawk City Hall (23 N. 2nd Street); 715-453-4040. Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.

Chance to Win a $20 Grocery Store Gift Card & Recipe Book!

HPLC LogoHealthy People Lincoln County is asking the community for their input on resources within our  community that help them stay or become healthy. The survey also includes questions to find out if there are any areas that may need to be improved upon for resident’s health. Continue Reading > >

Take the Sugar Out Day Pledge

rethink drinkThe Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition has a challenge for the community; reduce how much sugar you eat for one week. In celebration of February Dental Health Month, we are asking families, businesses, and organizations to take the Sugar Out Day the week of February 23rd. We are hoping participants can gradually make changes that will build up to a Sugar Out Day on Feb 27th.

Individuals and families can take the pledge to reduce their sugar the week of February 23rd and pledging Sugar Out Day on February 27th.

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The Burden of Tobacco 2015 Report Released

A new report has been released on the health and economic effects of cigarette smoking in Wisconsin. Using data from numerous databases, the Burden of Tobacco report describes the health and economic burden associated with cigarette smoking in Wisconsin.

Major Findings:

  • During 2008-2012, an estimated 6,678 people died from illnesses directly related to smoking each year, constituting nearly 15% of all annual deaths in Wisconsin among persons aged 35 years and older.
  • Another 678 people died from illnesses and fires indirectly related to smoking.
  • Collectively, 7,356 Wisconsin deaths were associated with tobacco use each year.
  • The annual economic toll of tobacco in Wisconsin was approximately $3.0 billion paid in direct health care costs and $1.6 billion in lost productivity.

Review the report: Burden-of-Tobacco-2015

Test Your Home for Radon

Protect your family against lung cancer by testing your home for radon. It’s important to remember to test your home for radon to protect your family’s health. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the first leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The EPA estimates that as many as 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year are caused by radon.

The only way to know the radon level in your home is to test it. The Lincoln County Health Department has received a $2500 radon grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Radon test kids are available for purchase at the Lincoln county Health Department. Mention you saw this post on the website and the short term kit will cost $4.00 as opposed to the usual $8.00 cost. Long term test kits will be sold for $9.50.

Radon test kits can be purchased at the Lincoln County Health Department 607 N. Sales Street, Merrill from 8:00am-4:30pm. For more information, click here: http://lincolncountyhealthdepartment.com/radon/