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 > >

Heatstroke in Children

On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle.HEATSTROKE-PREVENTION4 (5)

Babies and young kids can sometimes sleep so peacefully that we forget they are even there. Or we are tempted to quick run into the store and leave a child in a car alone. The problem is that leaving a child alone in a car can lead to serious injury or death from heatstroke. Young children are particularly at risk, as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s. These tragedies can be prevented.  See the tips below to help keep kids safe. Continue Reading > >

First Bird in State Tests Positive for West Nile Virus in 2014

Health officials today (5/20/2014) announced that a dead crow found in Dodge County has chikungunyatested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird to test positive for the virus in Wisconsin this year. Although very few mosquitoes actually carry West Nile virus, birds that have the West Nile virus serve as an early warning that the virus is in the area and people should take extra steps in protecting themselves against mosquito bites.

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County Health Rankings are Here!

The 2014 Rankings are now live, allowing people across the country to seeCrowd how their communities fare when it comes to being a healthy place to live, learn, work, and play. Here you will find a summary of Lincoln County 2014 rankings, data source measurements and new measurements used in 2014. Continue Reading > >

Healthy People Lincoln County Annual Report

New HPLC LogoHealthy People Lincoln County celebrates its second year of implementing its Communtiy Health Improvement Plan. The community plan was written in 2012 with community stakeholders and Lincoln County residents to address three health focus areas: 1) Nutrition and Healthy Foods; 2) Oral Health; and 3) Mental Health. Community coalitions have been established to address each focus area. Continue Reading > >