Prevent Child Abuse America announced last week that the Healthy Families America affiliate, Northwoods Home Visiting has been accredited as a provider of quality home visiting services.

The service is designed to improve a child's health, nutrition and developmental outcomes and answer questions for new parents.

Northwoods Home Visiting spokesperson Deb Blackstone  says they work with families from the Riverside Clinic in Rhinelander.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Later this month, the NAMI Northern Lakes Chapter of the National Alliance For Mental Illness will hear about how law enforcement is training to work with people with mental illness.

Lon Voils from the local chapter says Rhinelander Police Chief Michael Steffes will discuss how law enforcement is being trained to work with people in crisis....

" enforcement can, with a little bit of training and understanding, respond better and deescalate situations that can escalate into unpleasantness, I guess...."

May is Mental Health Month. While it's easy to see when a child has an injury, sometimes it's less easy to read when the young person is having mental health issues.

Corie Zelazoski from the Oneida County Health Department says 13 percent of youth ages 8-15 live with mental illness severe enough to impair their daily lives. That figure jumps to 21 percent for kids ages 13-18. Zelazoski says there are signs if there is a problem and perhaps professional help is needed...

Wednesday(5/6) is National Bike To School Day and the weather should cooperate.

Maria Skubal from the Oneida County Health Department says the idea is to find an easy way for young people to get more exercise...

"....the reason we have them(ride to school)  is to get outside, get some exercise in the morning before school and then right after school. They can enjoy the beautiful weather we are having...."

The  speaker Wednesday(5/6) for  'Science On Tap' in Minocqua will discuss the overuse of antibiotics and what possible options might be around the corner.

Dr. Warren Rose is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. He says there has been news stories about recent lack of  development of antibiotic agents....

"...we're reaching a point where you have the emergence of antibiotic resistance at a time when there is limited new products coming out. It leaves patients at a crux of a problem that there is no treatment for them..."

The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center in Lac du Flambeau has announced a multi-tribal, multi-state effort to combat chronic disease and health disparities in American Indian communities.

Epidemiologist Isaiah Brokenleg says four Indian communities in Michigan got funded, including the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The effort began out of Minnesota and also affects Wisconsin tribes. The grant to fund the program comes from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

Dealing with chronic health conditions is the focus of a new session being offered in the Northwoods. WXPR's Emily Bright has more....

Rennes Health and Rehab

Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Rhinelander cut the ribbon Tuesday morning on a 9,000 square foot expansion of it's facilities.

Prior to the addition, the company was a  72 bed facility  providing a full range of rehabilitative therapies and 24 hour nursing coverage.

Administrator Kelsy Bontz describes the new wing...

" we have a 23 bed addition. making us a 95 bed skilled nursing facility and we will be bringing in about 8 more long-term care residents. The rest will be short-term rehab...."

Red Cross volunteers, fire departments and community groups are canvassing neighborhoods in  several communities, including Mosinee, to get the word out about having smoke detectors and better  fire safety in homes.
Red Cross spokesperson Barbara Behling says many people think they have more time to get out of a burning structure than they do...

"...62 percent of the people believe they have five minutes or more to escape a burning home. When in reality, and we've confirmed this with fire departments across the country, you really have less than two minutes...."

Youth tobacco use has been trending downward, but a recent poll by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention found a sharp uptick in the use of e-cigarettes.

The CDC’s survey also shows that e-cigarette use by high school students rose from 4 percent in 2013 to 13 percent in 2014—an increase of around 1.3 million more  users in just one year. The study also found  use increased substantially for middle school students.

Corie Zelazoski from the Oneida County Health Department says this development has health officials concerned...