We're asking Forest, Oneida, and Vilas county residents to participate in this year’s Community Health Assessment!
County health officials are asking you to provide input on various health related topics in order to help make county health programming decisions and to aid in creating a Community Health Plan.
Responses will be anonymous and people who respond will be able to register for drawings for gift certificates after completing the survey. Once complete, results will be shared with the public. For questions about the Community Health Assessment, please contact Vilas County Health Department at 715-479-3656.
Surveys are available below by using the QR Code or clicking on the link bleow:
The Great American Smokeout!
5 Ways to Get Ready to Quit Smoking:
Set a quit date. Choose the Great American Smokeout or another quit day within the next 2 weeks.
Tell your family and friends you plan to quit. Share your quit date with the important people in your life and ask for support. A daily e-mail, text message, or phone call can help you stay on course and provide moral support.
Expect and plan for challenges. The urge to smoke is short—usually only 3 to 5 minutes. Before your quit day, write down healthy ways to cope. Even one puff can feed a craving and make it stronger.
Get rid of cigarettes and other tobacco from your home, car, and workplace. Throw away your cigarettes, matches, lighters, and ashtrays. Clean and freshen your car, home, and workplace. Old cigarette odors can cause cravings.
Talk to your pharmacist, doctor, or quitline coach about quit options. Nicotine patches, gum, or other approved quit medicines may help with cravings.
For tips from people who quit, visit:http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/
November is American Diabetes Month
This year, join others to put good food and good heatlh on the table! Here are tips on how to plan, shop and prepare meals: Eat Well America!
Keep your family safe with working smoke alarms!
Did you know that almost half of home fire deaths are from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?
Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!
Also make sure you have a fire escape plan in place and that family members know it. Here are some tips: Escape Planning Tip Sheet
For more informaiton on preventing fires in your home, visit: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week
For up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding Ebola, click here.