Oneida County Health Department en End Smoking To Help A Child's First Breath <p> Public health officials have made a strong impression that pregnant women should not drink or possibly harm their unborn child. Now an effort to have women cut out smoking during pregnancy is also underway.<br />Called "First Breath",&nbsp; health workers hope to get the nearly one-in-four Oneida county women who smoke while pregnant to stop.</p><p><br />Public health nurse and program coordinator Dawn Klink says both mother and child feel the results of smoking...</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Ken Krall 21313 at End Smoking To Help A Child's First Breath Swimming And Boating Safety Highlighted <p>Even with our cool summer, kids will want to head to the beach for some water fun.<br />Marta Koelling is a Community Health Specialist at the Oneida County Health Department.<br />She says freelance swimming is less safe than being in a designated swim area....<br /><br /><em>".....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...."</em></p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Ken Krall 20984 at Swimming And Boating Safety Highlighted Most People Install Child Car Seats Improperly <p></p><p>Car seats are required for youngsters but an expert says most parents don't properly install the seats.<br />The Oneida County Health Department is collaborating with Safe Kids Worldwide for a free car seat inspection this afternoon at the Rhinelander&nbsp; fire department.</p><p><br />Oneida County Public Health Nurse and certified car seat technician Dawn Klink....</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:21:00 +0000 Ken Krall 20016 at Most People Install Child Car Seats Improperly Health Official Details Top OC Dept. Status <p></p><p>Oneida County's Public Health Department is ranked among the elite few following an accreditation process.</p><p><br />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...</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:58:27 +0000 Ken Krall 19865 at Health Official Details Top OC Dept. Status Oneida County Health Department Earns National Accreditation <p>The Oneida County Health Department celebrated earning national accreditation Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p>Only five health departments in the state have successfully gone through the process…that shows a department is adhering to high public health standards.</p><p>Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says a lot of it was documentation.&nbsp; The application filled ten three-inch binders.&nbsp; But she says it also involved improving actual services.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:49:01 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 19268 at Oneida County Health Department Earns National Accreditation Health Officials Hope Online Program Will Reduce Illegal Tobacco Sales <p>Health departments are promoting an online training program for tobacco retailers, designed to reduce illegal sales of tobacco to minors.</p><p>Marta Koelling&nbsp;is Community Health Specialist for the Oneida County Health Department.&nbsp; She says the online program called is free and educational.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It offers information and study guides on Wisconsin’s tobacco laws, checking ids, and communicating with customers.”&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 22:20:42 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 18223 at Folic Acid Critical To Preventing Birth Defects <p>An easy to take vitamin supplement can dramatically lower the chances that a child is born with health problems. Every four minutes a baby is born in the U.S. with birth defects.</p><p>Oneida County and other health departments were involved during January with National Birth Defects Prevention Month.</p><p> </p><p>Brenda Husing, Registered Dietitian and Lactation specialist says there are ways for pregnant women to cut the risk of birth defects...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 22:38:00 +0000 Ken Krall 13831 at Folic Acid Critical To Preventing Birth Defects January A Good Time For Radon Testing <p><font face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;</font><font face="Times New Roman">January is National Radon Action Month. Exposure to radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Smokers have an even larger threat of developing lung cancer if radon is present in their surroundings.</font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman">Charlotte Ahrens from the Oneida County Health Department describes radon...</font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman"><i><u> </u></i></font></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Ken Krall 13012 at January A Good Time For Radon Testing Warming Shelters Set Up In Northwoods <p>The Oneida and Vilas Public Health and Emergency Management Departments have released a list of facilities open 24 hours that people could go to if they need to warm up in the extreme cold.</p><p>In Oneida county, Trig's Riverwalk Centre and Wal-Mart...both in Rhinelander... are facilities that are open 24 hours. In Minocqua, Trig's and WalMart along Highway 70 are open 24 hours, as is Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff..</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:51:10 +0000 Ken Krall 12742 at Warming Shelters Set Up In Northwoods Bill Would Make E-Cigarettes Legal In Bars, Restaurants <p>A bill in the Wisconsin Senate would update the language in Wisconsin's statewide smoking ban to make electronic cigarettes legal in public places. An e-cigarette is a device operated by a battery where the user inhales a water vapor. The user also inhales nicotine in the draw. The devices don't have the restrictions of tobacco cigarettes, which are banned in public places.</p><p>Oneida County Public Health Tobacco Coordinator Niki Kostrova says the feds have not yet approved them as a smoking cessation device....</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:52:00 +0000 Ken Krall 12471 at Bill Would Make E-Cigarettes Legal In Bars, Restaurants