Health Updates

2018 County Health Rankings

The 2018 County Health Rankings were recently released.  The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality…

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Influenza Update 2018

An Update on the Influenza as it relates to Holmes County Public health surveillance data indicate Influenza Like Illness (ILI) went up in Holmes County between March 18 and 24. The percentage of ILI outpatient visits and number of ILI hospitalizations increased from the previous week’s levels. (see graph below) ILI ED (Emergency Department) visits…

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Sugary Drink Habits Start Early!

Despite health messages to limit sodas and other sugary beverages, most American children drink them often, new government statistics show. Nearly two-thirds of boys and girls ages 2 to 19 drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage daily, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national survey of dietary habits from 2011…

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Diabetes Friendly Dining!

A Diabetes Meal Plan When you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, eating a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats is crucial to controlling your blood sugar and weight. Some people find it helps to count carbs, too. So what’s a well-balanced dinner look like when it comes to Type 1 or…

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Health Tip: Choose Safe Personal Care Products!

Parents should pay attention to any chemicals that are included in a child’s personal care products, such as lotion or body wash. The Environmental Working Group suggests that parents: Always read ingredient labels, and don’t blindly trust marketing claims. Choose products that don’t contain fragrance. Avoid use of baby powder. Avoid products that contain the…

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