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An Ounce of Prevention: RHI Makes Health Care Accessible

The old “build it and they will come” adage may apply to a lot of situations, but when it comes to farmers and preventive health care visits, it couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Teeth Troubles: 10 Tips to Keep Teeth in Tip-Top Shape

A flashy smile is one thing, but your overall health is the main thing. Oral health affects your overall wellness, and we’re sharing ten tips to keep your family’s teeth in tip-top share.

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Skin Protection: 3 Tips for Ultimate Protection

Did you know? The skin is the largest organ of the body, with a total area of about 20 square feet. All the more reason to pay attention to what we have to say about skin protection.

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Hearing for a Lifetime: Tips to Prevent Hearing Loss

Life on the farm isn’t as quiet and serene as it looks. In fact, there’s a long list of sounds that can be dangerous to the human ear. Learn how you can prevent permanent hearing loss.

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Eye Care Basics

Eye injuries in the workplace are very common. Farming is no exception, especially considering the wide variety of hazards farmers are exposed to each day. Learn the common hazards and ways you can prevent eye injury.

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Back Pain: Pointers to Dodge Injury

Back pain can be a game changer. It can take a toll on your overall attitude and complicate the most routine tasks. Getting out of bed. Tying your boots. Lifting grain bags. Fortunately, back pain is preventable. Learn seven tips to avoid back pain and injury.

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National Farm Safety & Health Week Kicks Off Today

Join the Rural Health Initiative in celebrating National Farm Safety and Health Week: September 17th – 23rd, 2017.  Each day this week, we’ll be giving away a portable Safety & Health Kit. Each kit will include practical and relevant items you can use on a daily basis to keep yourself safe and healthy.

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Green Beans Get the Green Light

This week’s Wellness Wednesday sheds the light on green beans. Much like their exterior color, this nutrient-dense food earns a green light. No need to yield when deciding whether to include them in tonight’s dinner menu. Plus, Balsamic Green Bean Salad recipe!

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Blueberries: Why They’re All the Rage

Blueberries are all the rage right now, and rightfully so. With less than 100 calories per cup, these adorable blue bombshells sure pack the punch and are perfect for a guilt-free snack.

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Handling Heat and Humidity

With climbing temps and high humidity levels, it doesn’t take long to feel the effects of heat-related illnesses. Agricultural and construction workers exposed to outdoor conditions and direct sunlight are at an increased risk of danger. Fortunately, there are some preventive steps that can be taken.

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Making Our Rounds Around Town.

Look for the Rural Health Initiative this week. We’re making our rounds around town.

The Rural Health Initiative has proudly partnered with both Swiderski Equipment and Premier Community Bank to integrate a health-related component into their upcoming community events.

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Successful Annual Fundraiser Supports Farmers’ Health

Attracting a near sell-out crowd, the 13th annual Wine & Cheese Tasting, held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Main Event Banquet Hall in Cecil, WI, offered the 188 guests a fun-filled evening. From their first step inside, guests had their choice of oodles of samples, ranging from 40+ kinds of wine, 25+ varieties of cheese, Pigeon River Brewery ales and sodas, as well as the newest vendors—Shawano’s very own 5 Star Lamb and ANEW Emporium.

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Dodge the Visit, Get Quick Care with ThedaCare E-Visits

Healthcare clinics now offer patients a convenient option to receive quick, professional healthcare advice for common minor conditions—without stepping foot outside your home. ThedaCare’s e-visits are quick, convenient and available for a minimal fee of $35.

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ReThink Your Drink. Coming to a Farm Near You.

Learn about the Rural Health Initiative’s 1 year project aimed at encouraging farmers and agribussiness employees in Wisconsin to reduce the daily consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

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Cast Your Vote. Goofy Garden Goodie: Puppy or Bullwinkle?

This goofy garden goodie was recently harvested by the family of one of our employees. What do you think it looks like – a puppy or Bullwinke (the moose)? Cast your vote!

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Matsche Farms Provides Free Flu Shots to Employees

The Rural Health Initiative traveled to Matsche Farms in Birnamwood on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 to administer a flu shot clinic. Management of Matsche Farms provided the flu shot free-of-charge to any of their interested employees – a way to show appreciation for their employees and encourage healthy preventive care. For many of the employees, this was their first time getting a flu vaccine, and the on-site location was 100% ideal.

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