Category Archives: Announcements

Join the Sugar Out Day Challenge on March 24

The Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition has a challenge for the community; reduce your sugar for one day. We are asking families and individuals to take the Sugar Out Day pledge on Saturday, March 24th to reduce the sugar you eat and drink for the day. Click here for pledge form.

“The average American consumes almost 152 pounds of sugar in one year; this averages to about 3 pounds of sugar each week” says Karen Krueger, Public Health Nurse for the Lincoln County Health Department and head of the Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition. Continue reading

Ground Water Awareness Week March 11-17

Only 1% of the water on Earth is useable, 99% of which is groundwater. Groundwater is water found under the ground in the cracks and spaces in soil, sand and rock. Approximately 70% of Wisconsin uses groundwater for drinking. The Lincoln County Health Department would like to use this year’s National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 11-17, to remind well owners to test their water every year to prevent illness caused by bad water. “This year’s theme, Test, Tend, and Treat is a reminder of how to keep our private water supply clean and pure,” says Meghan Williams, Lincoln County Registered Environmental Health Specialist. Continue reading

“Eating Right With Every Bite” Coming to Dave’s County Market

Something tasty is coming to Dave’s County Market! Starting Saturday, March 10th, Dave’s County Market is happy to be partnering with the Lincoln County Health Department to promote the “Eating Right With Every Bite” Healthy Recipe Program. On March 10th from 10am-1pm, the Lincoln County Health Department will be at Dave’s County Market to kick off the program. Samples of healthy, family-friendly recipes will be available to shoppers. Recipe cards will be placed throughout the produce section that feature fun and nutritious ideas for the whole family. Shoppers will also find in-store coupons for fruits and vegetables needed to make each of the featured recipes. Continue reading

Tobacco Products Hit a New Low with E-Cigarettes that look like USB Flash Drives

Teachers are used to dealing with disruptions in the classroom – things like passing notes, using cell phones, talking out of turn, etc. Teachers now have a new one to worry about – JUUL e-cigarettes. This alarming upward trend of kids smoking e-cigarettes or “vaping” is occurring in middle schools, high schools and college campuses nationwide. This practice of inhaling through a vape pen can also be referred to as “JUULing,” named after a brand called JUUL, which make devices that are easily concealed.

Students could have these products in the classroom and discretely use them without the teacher even knowing. They are so small, they can be hidden in pens and highlighters and are often mistaken for USB flash drives. They can actually be charged on a laptop or computer. Continue reading

Free Stress Management Programs in Merrill and Tomahawk

The Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition is hosting two four week stress management programs called Taking Care of You in Merrill and Tomahawk. The first program will take place in Merrill on Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at T.B. Scott Library. The second program will be offered in Tomahawk on Mondays, April 2, 16, 23, and May 7, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Tomahawk Public Library. These classes are free and open to the public. Light snacks will be provided. Continue reading

Community Poverty Simulation on February 26

The Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition is hosting a Community Poverty Simulation on February 26, 2018 from 5:15 – 8:00 pm at the Merrill High School Commons. The event is free and open to those that work or reside in Lincoln County.

Poverty is often portrayed as a standalone issue, but this simulation allows participants to walk “a month” in the shoes of someone who is facing poverty and realize how complex and interconnected issues of poverty really are. The goal of the Community Poverty Simulation is to help bridge the gap from misconception to empathy and understanding. Continue reading

Concerns that Preteens are Not Protected Against Certain Cancers

In Lincoln County, only 55% percent of preteens and teens are being vaccinated against certain cancers.

According to 2016 data from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry, only 55% of Lincoln County 13 to 18 year olds are vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) leaving 45% unprotected. By remaining unprotected or unvaccinated, they are more likely to get cancer caused by HPV infections.

HPV protection is prevention only. This means that after coming in contact with the virus that causes cancer (HPV), there is no medication to make it go away. However, by getting the shot or vaccine, 90% of cervical cancers are prevented Continue reading

Radon: Protect Your Family From Lung Cancer

The Department of Health Services estimates that 1 out of 10 homes in Wisconsin have high radon levels.

Radon testing is not required by law or regulated in Wisconsin. The Lincoln County Health Department recommends testing for radon if you have never tested your home before or during real estate transactions. “Since you can’t see or smell radon, people tend to forget the health effects that radon can have,” says Meghan Williams, Environmental Health Specialist for Lincoln County Health Department. “The only way to know if your home has radon is to test. Continue reading

Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season

Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t Be a Party to Teenage Drinking

This time of year brings lots of opportunities to celebrate. Unfortunately, many times these celebrations end in tragedy because the party was fueled by alcohol provided by an adult.  This year, the Lincoln County Drug Free Coalition wants teens (and their parents) to celebrate safely without alcohol.

The Lincoln County Drug Free Coalition is raising awareness about the health and safety risks and legal outcomes of adults serving alcohol to teens through the “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” campaign.   Continue reading

Lincoln County Releases the Results of the 2017 WI WINS Compliance Checks

This year the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition (NWTFC) once again conducted tobacco compliance checks. Any store that has a tobacco license may be checked.  A total of 31 random checks were completed in Lincoln County.  This year, three stores sold tobacco to a minor.  That makes our county’s illegal sales rate 11.1%.  This rate is up from last year’s illegal sale rate of 10.0%.   Continue reading