Health

Cool summer, but water activities abound
4:16 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Swimming And Boating Safety Highlighted

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Even with our cool summer, kids will want to head to the beach for some water fun.
Marta Koelling is a Community Health Specialist at the Oneida County Health Department.
She says freelance swimming is less safe than being in a designated swim area....

".....number one rule: make sure you're not diving or swimming in unfamiliar water. That can lead to come potential dangers there. Making sure you're swimming with a buddy, especially with children and inexperienced swimmers, making sure they are supervised at all times...."

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Taking to the Streets
2:37 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Firefighters Hope to "Fill the Boot" for Muscular Dystrophy

About fifteen firefighters from the Rhinelander Fire Department are hoping to raise money for muscular dystrophy.
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Firefighters are lining the streets of an intersection in Rhinelander.  For the sixth year in a row they’re asking for donations to support kids with muscular dystrophy.

On the corner of North Stevens Street and Highway W, firefighters in yellow safety vests are holding big rubber boots full of money.  Rhinelander Fire Lieutenant Aaron Swaney says it’s a unique way to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Jump start on career
2:47 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

High School Students Get Technical Degrees

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Thirty-three area high school students recently got a jump on college and careers in health care by graduating from Nicolet College's Certified Nursing Assistant program. What's unique  is  all of the students completed the program by taking Nicolet classes  held  in their high schools. State officials and educators have been working on ways for high school students to gain technical college credits while still in high school as a way to jump-start a career.

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Differences in Health Outcomes
4:19 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

LEAN Coalition Event Considers Health Equity Across Demographics

A Northwoods health coalition is putting the spotlight on health equity next week, through a discussion with an expert on health in Native American communities.

Health equity tries to measure the quality of healthcare that different populations receive. 

Oneida County Community Health Specialist Kyla Waksmonski explains that health inequity is evident when certain demographics are less healthy than others.

“The ideal situation is that everyone, regardless of demographics – poverty, education status –that we all have similar health outcomes.” 

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Less travel for patients
2:36 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic Adds Cardiac Rehab

Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic
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Aspirus  Rhinelander Clinic recently expanded its cardiac rehab and therapy services.

The clinic opened on Rhinelander's north side in March, 2008. Regional Director for Aspirus Clinics, Rob Fabich says the clinic has had the therapy department open for more than three years. He says they found a need for a new physical therapist.  At the same time they determined they also needed more help with the cardiac rehab offerings...

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Citizen Action of Wisconsin
11:37 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Early Screening For Heroin, Opioids, Alcohol Emphasized

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The heroin and opioid  addiction problems troubling many Wisconsin communities, including those here in the Northwoods,  has caught the attention of one health advocacy group.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is launching an initiative to increase access to effecting drug screening and intervention services for youth.

Citizen Action's Kevin Kane says they're looking at early intervention to stop greater, and more costly, problems later....

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Set up like MASH unit
11:15 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Critical Need For Blood As MASH Drive Nears

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For one day early next month, Pioneer Park in Rhinelander will look like a M.A.S.H. unit. Like a real MASH unit, the intent is to save lives.

A blood collection on that theme will be held July 8 at Pioneer Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Collection spokesperson Jerry Shidell says summer is a time of increased need, but blood supplies are lower....

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Among top health departments
3:58 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Health Official Details Top OC Dept. Status

Oneida Co. Health Director Linda Conlon
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Oneida County's Public Health Department is ranked among the elite few following an accreditation process.

In an annual report to the county board, Assistant Director Carl Meyer said the health department is only one of 31 agencies to get this type of national accreditation. He says the department had to meet rigorous standards to achieve the designation, something that is rare...

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1 in 68 children affected
3:37 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Course Provides Latest Information On Autism Disorder

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UW-Superior is soon offering a nine-credit summer program designed for students and professionals to be certified in Autism Spectrum Disorder.   ASD's as they are commonly known, affects one in 68 children in the U.S. and includes related disorders to autism such as Asperberger's Syndrome.

UW-Superior representative Dan Kuzlik says the program is designed as for students, parents,  teachers, and other professionals interested in learning more or as a path to a certificate...

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Avoid Too Much Sun, Exertion
2:44 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Heat Can Pose Significant Health Risk

A hot summer sun can cause health problems like heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
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With summer set to begin, it’s Heat Awareness Day Thursday. 

Emergency officials and the Oneida County Health Department say heat can be a real danger…especially for some older adults, infants and young children, and people with certain health conditions. 

Community health specialist Marta Koelling says don’t be tempted to leave children or pets in a hot car while you’re doing errands…as the air inside can heat up 20 to 30 degrees in a few minutes. 

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