Category Archives: Announcements

Only 2 Doses of HPV Vaccine Needed for Younger Adolescents

The Advisory Council on Immunization Practices and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines recommending 2 doses of HPV vaccine for teens up to age 15. HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus, which is so common about 79 million persons in the United States, are infected. It is a cancer causing virus that can be prevented. Fewer shots provide benefit to complete the series. Continue reading

“Try Before You Buy” Coming to Dave’s County Market

Something tasty is coming to Dave’s County Market in Merrill Saturday March 25th 10am-1pm or while supplies last. The Lincoln County Nutrition Coalition is partnering with the local grocery store to offer a taste testing event. The booth will feature fruits and vegetables to encourage children and adults to try something new. “I hope this booth will offer a chance for people to try a new fruit or vegetable,” states Kristi Krombholz RN, lead of the Lincoln County Nutrition Coalition. She also adds, “If people like the fruits and vegetables that they taste, they can then pick it up in the store that day!” Continue reading

Tall Pines Community Garden – Plots Available

Applications and Orientation

Applications are now being accepted for plots at the Tall Pines Community Garden. The Tall Pines Community Garden is located on Pine Crest Grounds at the Corner of Sixth Street and Memorial Street. There will be approximately 48 garden plots for rent available this Spring. The garden is open to anyone interested in having a garden alongside others in their community; no pesticides such as Continue reading

Test Your Water: National Groundwater Awareness Week

What do you know about your water quality? March 5-11th is National Groundwater Awareness Week. The Lincoln County Health Department reminds well owners to test their private well once per year. Test any time you notice a change in how the water looks, tastes or smells. Even if your water looks, tastes and smells good, it can have harmful germs. Continue reading

Flu Numbers Rising In Wisconsin

The flu bug is hitting Wisconsinites hard, spiking to nearly 1000 confirmed cases, and hundreds of hospitalizations. According to figures from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) there are 936 confirmed cases of influenza in Wisconsin, compared to 176 during the same period last year. The week-to-week comparison shows that there were 591 confirmed cases reported just a week ago, an increase of 345 from the previous week. Continue reading

Join us for a Conversation on Food Security in Lincoln County

Food Security is defined as access to all people, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life. To learn more about food security in Lincoln County, we invite you to join us for a conversation on food security in Lincoln County. There are two opportunities to join the conversation.

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Ministry Health Sacred Heart, Tomahawk, Spruce Room
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Lincoln County Service Center, 801 N. Sales Street, Merrill, Room 156.

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Take the Sugar Out Day Pledge on February 18

The Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition is encouraging individuals, families, businesses and organizations in the community to participate in the Sugar Out Day Challenge on Saturday, February 18, 2017. It will be a day of challenge and awareness to reduce and/or eliminate how much sugar you eat for one day by completing a pledge form.  In return of a completed pledge form to Lincoln County Health Department, you will be entered into a drawing eligible for a gift card for fresh fruits and vegetables in March. Continue reading

Radon: Leading Cause of Lung Cancer among Non- Smokers

Winter HomeDid you know that radon gas causes more than 20,000 deaths a year? It is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the United States. You cannot see, smell, or taste it, so it is easy to forget that radon may be a problem. Help protect you and your family by testing your home for radon during January- National Radon Action Month.

Radon is a natural, odorless gas. It enters buildings through cracks within the basement, walls, and gaps around pipes. “The only way to know the radon level in your home is to test for it,” stated Meghan Williams, Environmental Health Specialist Continue reading

Number of WI Retailers Selling Tobacco to Minors Inching Closer to 10%

teen-smoking-e-cigaretteMore Wisconsin kids are being sold tobacco products illegally, according to new data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The data comes from the 2016 Synar survey, which examines the number of retailers that sell tobacco to minors. The 2016 rate of 7.2% is up from 6.8% in 2015 and 6.4% in 2014.

While Wisconsin remains below the national average of 10%, local health advocates say there’s reason for concern. “The fact is that a number of the tobacco products being sold in stores are highly appealing to youth,” says Judy Sargent, Public Health Nurse, Lincoln County Health Department. “Preventing these sales is a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to protecting kids and improving the health of our community.” Continue reading