Category Archives: Announcements

5210 is Coming to a Doctor’s Office Near You!

September is Fruit and Vegetable Month and the Lincoln County Nutrition Coalition would like to spread the word! During the month of September, family practice clinics around Lincoln County will have 5210 displays that show ways to increase the number of fruits and vegetables you eat each day. 5210 is a national program that has been shown to help reduce obesity among children and stands for eating 5 fruits and vegetables, having less than 2 hours of recreational screen time, being physically active for at least 1 hour, and drinking 0 sugary beverages each day.

“Healthy eating is one of the most important ways that we can improve our health,” states Kristi Krombholz, Public Health Nurse with Lincoln County Health Department Continue reading

Are You Ready to Fight the Flu? People of All Ages Advised to Get Vaccinated.

With children back in school, and adults back to work after a busy summer, Lincoln County Health Department asks everyone to protect themselves and others by getting their yearly flu shot.

“The best way to prevent the flu is by getting your flu shot” reports Jennifer Johnson, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln Country Health Department. “Flu shots should be given yearly and as soon as they are available. This is usually September or October; however, flu shots can and should still be given through late spring for those who did not receive it earlier.” Continue reading

Health Department Offers Free Shots for Prairie River Middle School Students on September 26

Lincoln County Health Department (LCHD) will again be holding a vaccine clinic at Prairie River Middle School (PRMS). This will be on Tuesday, September 26.  This free clinic is only for students attending PRMS and is funded through a grant received by the LCHD.

Vaccines that will be offered include Influenza, Meningococcal, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and Tetanus, Diphtheria, acellular Pertussis (Tdap). “This clinic provided huge savings in time and money for PRMS families from the 2016-17 school year. It is so exciting to be able to offer the health and cost benefit again,” states Jennifer Johnson, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln County Health Department. Continue reading

Headed to the Water, Be on the Lookout for Blue-Green Algae

If you are heading out to lakes and rivers this summer, Lincoln County Health Department reminds you to be on the lookout for blue-green algae blooms. Some blue-green algae make toxins that can make people and animals sick, by accidentally swallowing or inhaling the water, or having skin contact with it.

Many people refer to blue-green algae as “pond scum”. They are most often blue-green in color, but can also be blue, green, reddish-purple, or brown. Blue – green algae normally grow in lakes, ponds, and slow-moving streams when the water is warm and enriched with nutrients. Continue reading

Garden Mentoring Program Brings the Community Together

Oftentimes, the thought of making the transition to a nursing home can seem intimidating. Individuals may be worried about losing the sense of a “beautiful home” or “social connectedness.” However, Healthy People Lincoln County has been working towards addressing these concerns by implementing a Community Garden Mentoring Program at Pine Crest Nursing Home. This person centered program gives individuals the opportunity to beautify the environment around them while engaging in a beloved hobby, or taking up a hobby they always wanted to try. Continue reading

Lincoln County Bird Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Protect Yourself Against Mosquito Bites

The Lincoln County Health Department reports a crow found in Lincoln County early July has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Lincoln County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.

“The positive bird means that residents of Lincoln County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” Shelley Hersil, Health Officer/ Director said. Continue reading

Invitation to Participate in Healthy People Lincoln County’s Community Forum

Healthy People Lincoln County is inviting organizations and community members to participate in a Community Forum on August 16th from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at the Lincoln County Service Center. Participants will learn about the health issues affecting Lincoln County residents and share strengths and opportunities that make for a healthy community. At this event, Healthy People Lincoln County’s recent health opinion survey results will be presented, along with other data pertaining to the health of Lincoln County. This information will be used to identify the county’s top health priorities for the next 5 years. Continue reading

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 –

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Summer Food Safety and Salmonella

Each year, 1 in 6 people in the United States gets sick from eating contaminated food. Each of those illnesses represents something that went wrong somewhere along the way from a farm to table. Salmonella is the most common illness cause by food in the United Sates. The CDC estimates 1.2 million people get sick and around 450 die each year from salmonella alone. Lincoln County had 8 confirmed cases of salmonella in 2016. Continue reading

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.