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Wood County Health Department
March, 2017
Norovirus - "Stomach Flu"
Norovirus is a virus that causes vomiting, watery diarrhea, and stomach cramps. It is often incorrectly referred to as the "stomach flu" and is not related to influenza that causes respiratory symptoms. Anyone can get norovirus. There are many types of norovirus and you may get it several times during your lifetime.
Norovirus is found in the stool or vomit of someone infected with the virus. It can be found on a person's hands and spread to others by eating food or drink contaminated with the virus or touching objects with the virus (door knobs, hand shaking) and then touching your mouth.
There is no treatment for norovirus. People usually recover on their own in 2 - 3 days. Drinking plenty of fluids while sick is important in preventing dehydration.
Handwashing is the most important thing you can do to prevent norovirus. Anyone with vomiting or diarrhea should stay home from work or school until symptoms are gone. People with vomiting and diarrhea should not handle food, work in or attend childcare centers or schools, or take care of patients in healthcare facilities until 48 hours after their symptoms are gone. For more information contact the Wood County Health Department at 715-421-8911.
Goals/Objectives for Healthy People
For the 2015/2016 Wood County CHA, the Wood County Health Department, Ascension Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital, Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Clinics, Marshfield Clinic Health System, and the Legacy Foundation, used a mixed-methods approach to identify community health needs and priorities in Wood County and assure input from key stakeholders. In addition to gathering quantitative community health data, the Steering Committee conducted a Wood County CHA survey with nearly 1,600 respondents, a community stakeholder meeting with 48 attendees, five focus groups with underserved populations, and six key informant interviews with health care providers. The team also gathered input from existing community-based coalitions. 
Through this process, the Wood County CHA identified four community health priorities:
  • mental health and well-being,
  • alcohol and substance use,
  • healthy activity and food environments, and
  • healthy growth and development.
The CHA also established the social determinants of health inequities  as a key consideration across all four priorities.
The 2015/2016 Wood County CHA builds on the 2013 community health assessment and improvement efforts. To address the 2013 CHA priorities and effectively improve health outcomes, a Wood County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) process was initiated after the 2013 CHA. Four coalitions - that align with the four identified CHA priorities - were formed to lead the CHIP process: (1) Mental Health Matters, (2) AOD Prevention Partnership, (3) Recreate Health, and (4) Brighter Futures. These four coalitions are now taking action on the current CHA priorities to improve community health in the county. 
Smart Meal Program 
The number of Wood County eating establishments participating in the Smart MealTM Program is continuously expanding. Blue Heron BrewPub, Austin's Diner, Chat R Box, and Pinecrest recently joined Shaw Lee, Higher Grounds Bakery & Coffeehouse, The Daily Grind, Nutz Deep II, Belvedere Supper Club, Melody Gardens, and Anchor Bay in helping their customers identify healthier options. Continue to look for restaurants that have the Smart MealTM logo displayed at the front entrance and on qualifying menu items. These items are lower in fat and sodium, contain two or more servings of fruit, vegetables, or whole grains and are a great healthy option when eating out. 

For more information on the Smart MealTM Program in Wood County please contact Ashley Tremmel: (715)421-8932

Educational Courses
The Wood County Health Department together with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin (ADRC-CW) will be offering the following educational courses in Wood County to improve your quality of daily life!

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Every Thursday March 30-May 4, 2017 at Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids

Living Well with Chronic Conditions - Put Life Back in Your Life!
Every Wednesday March 15-April 19, 2017 at the ADRC-CW in Wisconsin Rapids
Every Friday March 24-May 5, 2017 at Norris Manor in Marshfield

Stepping On: Building Confidence and Reducing Falls
Every Tuesday April 14-May 16, 2017 at the ADRC-CW in Wisconsin Rapids

For more information or to register call 1-888-486-0545 or  click here!
Research Corner
Active Kids Less Likely to Be Depressed Later On

A recent study suggests that children who get more exercise may have fewer symptoms of depression.  The study showed that 6 and 8 year-old children who got more moderate to vigorous physical activity were less likely to develop symptoms of major depressive disorder two years later.  With every extra hour of such activity, there was a moderate decrease in symptoms.
There is plenty of research to support the theory that exercise can boost mood and help with depression in adults. The results of this study suggest that increasing physical activity for children may also help prevent depression. Exercising now may keep you feeling better later.
For more information on this study visit:

Upcoming Events

Milky Miles 5K/10K Run-Walk

When: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Registration: 7:30-8:30am
Kids Fun-Run: 8:45am
10K Start: 9:00am
5K Start: 9:15am
Awards: 10:30am
Where: Wildwood Park
608 W 17th Street, Marshfield
To register and for more information, click here!
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Presentation

Join us to learn more about adverse childhood experiences,
resources available, and what you can do to help.
When: Monday, April 24, 2017
Dinner: 5:30pm 
Presentation: 6:00-7:30pm
Where: Woodlands Church
1000 East Riverview Expressway, Wisconsin Rapids
To register and for more information, click here!

Car Seat Safety Check 
4 out of 5 car seats are used incorrectly! Make sure that your children are riding safely.
When: Tuesday, March 21
    Tuesday, April 18
Where: Marshfield Fire Department
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm  

When: Wednesday, March 22
Where: Wood County Health
           Department, WR Office
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm 

Wood County Pharmaceutical Drop-Off Locations 

Bring all your unwanted, unneeded or outdated prescriptions, and over-the-counter medicines. For the locations and times of drop-off locations, click here!
Wood County Health Department
Wisconsin Rapids Office
Aspirus Riverview Clinic Building - 4th Floor
420 Dewey St.
P.O. Box 8080
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
Phone: (715) 421-8911
Fax: (715) 421-8962
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday-Friday
Marshfield Office
Wood County Annex & Health Center 
1600 North Chestnut Ave.
Marshfield, WI 54449
Phone: (715) 387-8646  
Hours: Call for appointment and clinic dates
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