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

Public Invited to Create a Healthy Lincoln County

Lincoln County Health Department, along with their partners, are inviting the public to participate in the development of a three year community health plan for Lincoln County. This community health plan will set strategies to address health challenges in our communities.

The process for developing the community health plan kicked off last summer when the public was asked to complete a community health opinion survey. Over 689 community members completed the survey either online or in-person. Results of the survey showed the public’s greatest health concerns to be alcohol and drug abuse, mental health and overweight and obesity. Continue reading

Holiday Food Safety Tips

As the end of the year approaches, it’s likely there are multiple parties and thus many meals in your future. Carrying food from one location to another and sharing dishes with a crowd means more opportunity for bacteria to grow and cause food poisoning. Whether you’re a skilled cook, a first-time party host, or simply adding a dish to the potluck lineup, the holidays can make even the most confident chefs nervous. The Lincoln County Health Department wants everyone to have a safe holiday season by sharing these food safety tips. Continue reading

Stay Healthy for the Holidays; It’s Not Too Late To Get Your Flu Shot

Haven’t received your flu shot yet? It’s not too late. Lincoln County Health Department is continuing to offer Walk-In Wednesday Flu Shot Clinics through the end of November.

While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time flu activity peaks in January or later. Lincoln County Health Department encourages residents to get their annual flu shot as it is the most effective way to protect yourself, your family and your community. Continue reading

DANGER! Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills!

Protect your family from carbon monoxide this winter

As we get used to the cooling temperatures and enjoy the last days of fall, the Lincoln County Health Department wants to remind everyone of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, especially those who will be headed to the hunting cabin or to another location where there may not be carbon monoxide detectors. Continue reading

Lincoln County Health Department 13th County in the State to be Awarded National Accreditation

PHAB-Accredited Health Departments Demonstrate the Capacity to Serve their Communities Well

Lincoln County Health Department is proud to announce that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments. Lincoln County Health Department is one of fewer than 200 health departments that have thus far achieved accreditation through PHAB since the organization launched in 2011. Continue reading

Health Department Offers Free Shots for Tomahawk Students on November 7th

Lincoln County Health Department (LCHD) will be holding a free vaccine clinic at the Tomahawk High School Library on Tuesday, November 7th during parent teacher conferences from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.  This free clinic is only for students attending the Tomahawk School District. It is funded through a grant received by LCHD.

Vaccines that will be offered include Influenza (flu), Meningococcal, Tetanus, Diphtheria, acellular Pertussis (Tdap), Hepatitis A, and HPV*.  *(HPV shots will be screened by LCHD for VFC eligibility due to funding changes). “This clinic provided large savings in time and money for families last year,” states Jennifer Johnson, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln County Health Department. “It is so exciting to be able to offer this health and cost benefit again.” Continue reading

Nutrition Coalition

The Lincoln County Nutrition Coalition was formed in 2012 after nutrition and healthy foods was identified as one the major health needs of the county. The coalition includes partners from various sectors of the community that work together on the following goals:

  • Increase youth with healthy weights.
  • Increase access to healthy foods.
Members Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital, UW- Extension Lincoln County, Ascension Sacred Heart/St. Mary’s Hospital, Lincoln County Health Department
Partners Marshfield Clinic Merrill, Merrill Area Public Schools, Ascension Medical Group Tomahawk, Dave’s County Market, Nelson’s County Market, Allied Health Chiropractic, Aging and Disability Resource Center, Bridge Dental Clinic, Russ Davis Wholesale, Church Mutual, Parkside Preschool Merrill, Heartland Cooperative Services Merrill, and community members.

Coalition Initiatives

Point of Purchase Campaigns

Point of purchase campaigns are strategies used to promote purchasing certain products right at store. These may include coupons, samples, or education on the product. The Nutrition coalition has worked with local businesses to provide labels and signage to promote the purchases of healthier food items.

Cooking Demonstrations

Hands on classes in which residents increase their understanding on what are nutritious foods and how to process fresh foods either through cooking and or preserving are offered through UW Extension at local food pantries.

Access to Community Gardens

Grants and funding through coalition members have provided funding for creation and expansion of community gardens in both Tomahawk and Merrill.

Featured Project

The main message of 5210 is eating 5 fruits and vegetables each day, watching 2 or less hours of recreational screen time, being physically active at least 1 hour each day, and drinking 0 sugary beverages. The 5210 program offers a variety of ideas on improving eating and physical activity habits in children and adults. The Nutrition Coalition launched 5210 in the Fall of 2016 and continues to offer education and presentations on 5210 at local community events, businesses, and schools.

Get Involved

To learn more about the Lincoln County Nutrition Coalition and how you can get involved, contact Kristi Krombholz, Public Health Nurse, at 715-539-1376 or email at kkrombholz@co.lincoln.wi.us.

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease and Control offer a variety of information and resources for both the public and medical professionals on healthy eating and Nutrition.

MyPlate

MyPlate is a nationally recognized program that assists in building a healthy eating lifestyle.

Nutrition.Gov

Nutrition.gov is a USDA-sponsored website that offers credible information to help you make healthful eating choices.