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A new study shows birth weights for Oneida county newborns are going up, a good sign and that education is working says an Oneida County public health nurse.

A state report shows the percent of babies born here with a low birth weight is just over 6 percent.

Oneida's figure is about one point lower than the state average. Low birth weight is defined as being under 2,500 grams or just over five pounds.

Dawn Klink says babies born early cause problems for parents...

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This is National Women's Health Week, a time for women to take a check on their health and make it a priority.

Oneida County public health nurse Nichole Peplinski, who also works with the Wisconsin Well Woman Program, says there are things woman can do today to help them improve their health....

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Adults remember their adolescence, and young people going through that period of their lives often struggle with it. The Oneida County Health Department has a series of programs coming up that might give families some help.

Community Health Specialist Meagan Neis says the weekly program gives families greater insight...

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A free car seat inspection sponsored by the Oneida County Health Department is set for Monday at the Rhinelander Fire Department.

Public Health Nurse Dawn Klink is also a nationally-certified car seat technician. While adults can click into properly installed seat belts, she says many children are not....

".....three out of four car seats are not used correctly. We often find safety things that are not quite up to what they're supposed to be doing. It's more than just making sure the car seat is in tightly...."

National Public Health Week Looks At State Of Our Health

Apr 6, 2016
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We are in the middle of National Public Health Week, an initiative to recognize health departments across the country for their efforts to improve the safety and well-being of their communities.

Marta Koelling is the Assistant Director of the Oneida County Health Department and she says the department is educating citizens on their initives through posts on their social media throughout the week.

Northwoods Counties Among Least Healthy

Mar 24, 2016
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Wisconsin News Connection 

A new report indicates rural counties in Wisconsin and across the nation tend to have higher rates of premature death, smoking, obesity, child poverty and teen births. Large urban counties have lower smoking and obesity rates, and large suburban counties have the lowest rates of child poverty and teen births.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released the annual County Health Rankings, showing how counties compare on more than 30 factors that influence health.

This Year's Flu Vaccines Available

Sep 21, 2015
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  Flu clinics are available for the public to get this year’s flu vaccine. The Oneida County Health Department is offering standard and high-dose vaccines. Health Specialist Marta Koelling says the higher dose vaccines have more antigen than the standard, and are meant for people 65 years and older.  She says the best way to fight the flu is to vaccinate yourself.  

Statewide Precautions Emphasized as Cucumber Recall Continues

Sep 17, 2015
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  Extra precautions are being advised by The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture as cucumbers from Andrew and Williamson Produce Company are still under a nationwide recall. Oneida County Health Department Sanitarian Jody McKinney says anyone with cucumbers from the produce company should throw them away.

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 The sidewalks will be crowded with area school kids who make their daily walks to and from school. Oneida County Health Department Nurse Rob Deede warns kids to pay special attention to pedestrian safety as they make their way to school.

 “For the students walking to and from school, pay attention, be aware of your surroundings. Be on the lookout for vehicles and make eye contact with drivers as you’re walking on the sidewalk. Always yield for drivers and use the crosswalks and wait for the ‘good to cross signs.’”

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Visitors to Northwoods beaches are cautioned to be aware of the annual 'swimmers itch' you can get while splashing in the water.

Maria Skubal of  the Oneida County Health Department says its caused by a microscopic parasite that if it finds a human will attach to the skin. It causes an intense burning or itching sensation. She says avoid areas where geese, gulls or ducks frequent or marshy areas...

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An Oneida and Vilas County chronic disease prevention and management coalition called "Northwoods LEAN"  is hosting a free worksite wellness summit on Tuesday, April 21  at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander.

Kyla Waksmonski of the Oneida County Health Department says they're hoping business owners come to the summit. She says having a wellness program on the job saves money long term..

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A group dedicated to chronic disease prevention in the Northwoods says grant money is available for schools, afterschool programs and summer programs to increase awareness of good food nutrition.

Northwoods LEAN(Linking Education, Activity and Nutrition) is accepting grant applications. Spokesperson Maria Skubal says the grants are awarded within Oneida and Vilas counties. She says Garden Based Nutrition is designed to give students more access to fresh fruits and vegetables...

 

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While exposure to second hand smoke has dropped dramatically in the past decade, health advocates are focusing in on the plight of people in apartment complexes who smell their neighbors smoke.

Corie Zelazoski from the Oneida County Health Department says a recent study found 58 million Americans are still exposed to second hand smoke...

"....those who are affected are a lot of non-smokers, two out of every five children ages three to eleven, including seven out of every ten black children in that age group...."

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Only a small percentage of teenagers in the Northwoods have received the vaccination that could prevent them from getting a sexually-transmitted cancer.

The human papillomavirus can cause cervical, anal and oral cancers. It affects both boys and girls. A vaccine can prevent the virus from turning into cancer in teens. Only 3 in 10 girls and one in 10 boys ages 13 -17 in the Northwoods has had the full three doses of the HPV vaccine.

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Health officials are cautioning parents to think about the safety aspects of the toy you purchase for children.

Oneida County Public Health Nurse Dawn Klink says make sure you buy age appropriate toys and that the toys have been tested so it meets safety standards. She says be especially careful concerning toys for the youngest children...

"....anything that can be swallowed or have pieces that can come off and be swallowed and therefore be a choking hazard. Balloons are not good either. because when they pop they become small and become a choking hazard...."

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