Blog

A collection of RHI updates and health & safety related information.
F.R.E.S.H. Project Gathering Information for Farmer Directory

F.R.E.S.H. Project Gathering Information for Farmer Directory

The F.R.E.S.H. Project is creating a directory of farmers and food producers in Shawano County and the surrounding area that sell directly to consumers.

read more
Determined to Dodge the Flu, Local Dairy Farm Offers Flu Shots to Workers

Determined to Dodge the Flu, Local Dairy Farm Offers Flu Shots to Workers

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. And there’s no doubt, Green Valley Dairy of Shawano County is doing their part. Earlier this week, Rural Health Initiative Outreach Health Coordinator Dawn Dingeldein traveled to Green Valley Dairy to administer flu shots to workers and management. Along with her were two medical students—Brent (left) and Alec (right)—from Medical College of Milwaukee (MCW)- Green Bay campus.

read more
An Ounce of Prevention: RHI Makes Health Care Accessible

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.

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

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.

read more
Skin Protection: 3 Tips for Ultimate Protection

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.

read more
Hearing for a Lifetime: Tips to Prevent Hearing Loss

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.

read more
Eye Care Basics

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.

read more
Back Pain: Pointers to Dodge Injury

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.

read more
National Farm Safety & Health Week Kicks Off Today

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.

read more
Green Beans Get the Green Light

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!

read more
Blueberries: Why They’re All the Rage

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.

read more
Handling Heat and Humidity

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.

read more
Making Our Rounds Around Town.

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.

read more
Successful Annual Fundraiser Supports Farmers’ Health

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.

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

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.

read more