Health

Limit Fish to Limit Mercury Intake
2:43 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

DNR Reviews Fish Advisories on 60 Lakes

Walleye tend to have higher mercury levels than panfish, which are lower on the food chain.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

Fish from the Sugar Camp Chain of Lakes are now safer to eat than they were a few years ago.  That’s one of the findings of the DNR’s annual review of fish consumption advisories.   

The agency also says Lake Michigan brown trout are now deemed safe to eat once a month.

Meanwhile some other waters now have more stringent fish consumption advisories.  For example Virgin Lake in Oneida County has a new exception…that discourages people from eating walleye over 22 inches. 

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No charge for kids 18 and under
2:40 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Oneida County Schools Offer Public Flu Vaccine Clinics

Oneida County school districts are hosting a series of flu vaccine clinics open to the community…and free for kids. 

As Oneida County Public Health Nurse Rob Deede explains, flu shots are recommended for adults and kids alike. 

“If anyone wants to reduce the chances of getting the flu, getting vaccinated is the best way to do that.  Especially folks that are at higher risk of getting the flu, such as children six months to 18 years old, pregnant women, those folks 50 years or older, someone with a medical condition, or someone who’s living in a nursing home.”

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One Step at a Time
3:36 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Food Pantry Plans New Roof, Hopes to Move By October

The Rhinelander Food Pantry has gotten the OK from the state to move ahead with major structural changes to its new building. 

The food pantry will have more space at its new Coon Street location, but first the roof needs replacing.

Director Guy Hansen says now that state approval has come in, building plans are moving ahead. 

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VA offers services
3:21 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Higher ALS Rates For Veterans Compared To Population

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A nationwide craze has seen many folks dumping ice water on their heads as a way to raise awareness and money for ALS ,commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Oneida County Veteran's Service Officer Tammy Walters says there's a link involving a higher incidence of ALS and veterans....

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Measure Failed by Wide Margin
3:45 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

No Vote for Vilas Residents on Federal Medicaid Funding

Vilas County will not join almost twenty counties holding advisory referendums this fall on whether the state should accept federal Medicaid funds.

Governor Scott Walker rejected federal dollars to expand the number of people eligible for Badgercare, saying the money is unreliable. 

Supporters of taking the federal funds say the dollar impact would be significant, and could save the state hundreds of millions of dollars. 

The measure to ask voters’ opinions failed at Tuesday’s Vilas county board meeting…with only three members voting in favor of having a referendum.

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Slated for October
2:34 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Food Pantry Prepares for Move

The former Golden Harvest building will soon house the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is beginning renovations on its new space.  But as WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, it’s still waiting for state approval to move ahead with some structural changes planned for the building.

The Rhinelander food pantry is moving to a larger location on Coon Street, in a building vacated by the natural foods grocery store Golden Harvest. 

Food Pantry Manager Jane Motowski says there’s a lot of work to be done to make the space ready. 

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1-800-GAMBLE-5
5:12 am
Tue August 26, 2014

New Football Season Could Lead To More Problem Gambling

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The upcoming football season is often a time when the amount of gambling rises. It also hightlights a time when people who are having trouble controlling their betting call for help.

Rose Gruber is Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. She says the small-time office pool betting usually isn't a problem, but it can develop into a problem...

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Community Health
3:16 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Northwoods LEAN to Promote Gardens, Produce at School

Oneida and Vilas Counties are looking to school gardens to improve community health.

The chronic disease prevention coalition called Northwoods LEAN has a new $400,000 grant from the UW School of Medicine Partnership program.  It supports a variety of community health initiatives including a push to expose kids to eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Oneida County Community Health Specialist Kyla Waksmonski says the coalition plans to have a broad reach. 

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Mold a problem too says allergist
4:53 am
Mon August 25, 2014

AH-CHOO! Ragweed Making Allergy Sufferers Miserable

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Your eyes are watery, nose is running, you're coughing and you feel lousy. Take heart: many with allergies are feeling the same thing this week.

Dr. Steve Kagen is an allergist from the Fox Valley. He say allergies are coming from  familiar culprits....

"....we're in the fall allergy season for ragweed which began on August 5. Usually ragweed will pollinate on August 15 and peak the first week of September right around Labor Day. So we're in the middle of ragweed season but we also have some grass and other pollens in the air as well...."

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Growing Food at School
5:01 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Gardeners, Teachers Talk School Gardens for Health and Education

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Educators and gardeners from around the Northwoods gathered this week to talk about school gardens.  The conference happened at University of Stevens Point’s Natural Resources Education Center, Treehaven. 

For two days presenters shared tips on things like seed saving, mulching, and planning kid-friendly garden activities. 

Donelle Scaffidi organized the School Garden Symposium as part of her graduate work at UWSP.  She says it’s provided a chance to brainstorm solutions to common problems…like finding funding and how to manage school gardens over summer vacation. 

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