Health

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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Keeping Kids Fed
2:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Rhinelander Schools Offer Free Breakfast and Lunch in Summer

School is almost out…but the Rhinelander School District wants to make sure kids get enough to eat even after the school year is over. 

It’s offering free breakfast and lunch for four weeks starting June 16th.. 

Food Service Director Pat Karaba says most of kids who attend summer school do take advantage of the summer food program.  But it’s open to all kids under the age of 18.

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One of Five in Wisconsin
2:49 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Oneida County Health Department Earns National Accreditation

Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says earning national accreditation took many years.
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The Oneida County Health Department celebrated earning national accreditation Wednesday. 

Only five health departments in the state have successfully gone through the process…that shows a department is adhering to high public health standards.

Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says a lot of it was documentation.  The application filled ten three-inch binders.  But she says it also involved improving actual services. 

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Preventing Injury and Illness
5:58 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Health Officials Urge Water Safety

Health officials say pools can be a source of germs and other hazards.
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With summer weather arriving in the Northwoods, health officials are reminding the community to practice healthy swim habits. 

This week is designated Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week. 

The Oneida County Health Department says using life jackets and knowing CPR can prevent drowning and other injuries in the water. 

Melissa Nieman, Aquatics Director at the YMCA of the Northwoods, says she hears about lots of young kids going to the lake without parental supervision.  But she encourages parents to keep a close eye on their kids in the water.    

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5:28 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Lentz New President At Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Darrell Lentz
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Aspirus Wausau Hospital has a new president, and it's the same person currently filling the position.

Darrell Lentz has been interim hospital president since last November. Prior to that, he was Aspirus Vice-President of Finance. Aspirus' Chief Executive Officer is Matt Heywood. Former CEO and President Duane Erwin retired last June.

A native of Maine, Lentz has been in health care and finance for 16 years.

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May is national Mental Health Awareness Month
4:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

One In Five Families Deal With Mental Health Issues

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A spokesperson says a goal  is to have mental illness viewed in the same light as any other disease.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The Northern Lakes president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter, Mick Fiocchi spoke with Ken Krall about their efforts.

This month the NAMI meeting features a question and answer session with psychiatrist Dr. Richard Immler. It's scheduled for Tuesday, May 27th at 7pm.at First United Methodist Church in Rhinelander. More information is at  nami.org  or  email  naminorthernlakes@ yahoo dot com.

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Hospital Week
3:27 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Hospitals Are Economic Engines In Many Communities

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You rarely think about your local hospital until you or someone you know needs its services. But a spokesperson for the Wisconsin Hospital Association says not only do they provide healthcare, but hospitals are local economic engines.

Hospital Week is being recognized. Executive Vice-President Eric Borgerding reveals  how busy hospitals can be...

 

"....53,000 people in our state on a daily basis had an encounter with their community hospital...."

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Optional Exam
5:20 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Health Officials Hope Online Program Will Reduce Illegal Tobacco Sales

Health departments are promoting an online training program for tobacco retailers, designed to reduce illegal sales of tobacco to minors.

Marta Koelling is Community Health Specialist for the Oneida County Health Department.  She says the online program called smokecheck.org is free and educational. 

“It offers information and study guides on Wisconsin’s tobacco laws, checking ids, and communicating with customers.” 

Participants can choose to take an exam at the end of the training and receive a state-approved certificate. 

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5/6/2014 in Minocqua
11:01 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Conference To Focus On Diabetes

Glucose level testing kit
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The 11th Annual Northwoods Diabetes Update Conference is set for Tuesday in Minocqua. The conference is designed for healthcare professionals, but the public is invited to attend sessions beginning at 1 p.m. at no charge. The Conference is sponsored by UW-Superior at Reuland's Catering and Conference Center.

Zona Wick from the Iron County Health Department will talk about Iron county's successful pilot project "Healthy Living With Diabetes". That project focused on issues relating to people who can't naturally control blood sugar...

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National Infant Immunization Week
3:47 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Vaccinations Will Help Stop The Return Of Diseases

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Health officials are discussing a recent upswing in cases of mumps and measles breaking out in parts of the nation. Those mostly childhood afflictions had largely disappeared, but an apparent lack of immunizations have health officials asking parents to get their kids vaccinated.

Char Ahrens from Oneida County Public Health says this week is National Infant Immunization Week. She says it's a good time to get it done...

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