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The Solid Waste Department: The Perfect Place to Play & Learn!

Staff at the Marathon County Solid Waste Department in Ringle invite teachers, families, service groups, and more to come on a Learning Tour. (They even have a 15-passenger bus to take you around in!)

Did you know our local landfill features hiking, biking, and birdwatching trails, a pergola, a phone-charging outlet, and a bike-repair station? You have to see this article’s photos to believe the fun and learning to be had at your local landfill. (Click the title for details . . .)

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Wausau Is the Top-Ranked Small City for Bicycling in the Country — Get on Your Bike & See Why!

In May 2018, Wausau was ranked by PeopleForBikes as the top small city for bicycling in the country, and the 2nd best bike city overall — generating national attention.

Grab your bike and head out for a ride on Wausau’s bike trails (including one with an incredible wooden boardwalk in Rib Mountain!), along the city street bike lanes, or at the downhill bike park (at Sylvan Hill). You’re not gonna want to miss the video of this great bike park in action in the full story . . . (Click the title for details)

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2019 “March Madness” Health Rankings :: Marathon County #14 Seed in WI

The County Health Rankings are in…

The good news? Marathon County ranked in the top third of all 72 Wisconsin counties.

Plenty to be happy about — but still plenty to be concerned about . . . If this were the NCAA playoffs, we’d be in the tournament, but we’d be the underdog even in our first match-up!

See highlights of the areas where we’ve improved our game — and where we’re losing ground. (Click the title to read more…)

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Don’t Be an Accidental Drug Dealer :: How You Can Help Prevent Medication Abuse in Marathon County

On Saturday, April 27, we’re asking all Marathon County residents to get expired and unneeded medications out of their homes and into one of the County’s secure medicine drop boxes. Learn which 10 locations are participating in the statewide Medicine Take Back event — (new this year are Athens & Stratford Police Departments).

If you can’t make it to a collection site for the April 27 event, find a list of permanent medicine drop boxes throughout Marathon County. (Click the title for details . . .)

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Goin’ Green in Marathon County

North Central Health Care, Marathon County Health Department, and Bridge Community Health Clinic are partnering together on several projects for a healthier — and greener — Marathon County.

Read about these local initiatives to compost, replace Styrofoam containers, swap out plastic straws for a greener alternative, and more. (Click the title for details.)

How Marathon County Is Helping Protect Its Staff from Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS)

Marathon County Government leaders have taken an active role in educating and supporting staff on the topic of Secondary Traumatic Stress in an effort to help protect the physical and mental health of employees most at risk for developing STS. Marathon County leadership is open to sharing its STS information, policies, and educational materials with individuals and employers. (Click the title to read more…)

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Give the Gift of a SMOKE-FREE Life to Your Friends & Family :: Participate in The Great American Smokeout

Did you know that smoking is still the #1 cause of preventable death and disease in the world? Or that 15% of adults in Marathon County are smokers? If you (or someone you love) is a smoker, November 15 — the Great American Smokeout — could be a great day to consider quitting smoking. The health benefits of quitting are almost instantaneous. (Click the title for support ideas, encouragement, and more…)

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Mythbusting E-Cigarettes :: Know the Facts About Vaping

Vaping (inhaling a vaporized e-liquid) is often thought to be a safe alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. But limited federal oversight makes it difficult to know the true dangers of vaping devices. What’s worse, the misconception that vaping is “safe” may be increasing smoking behaviors in adults and youth. Get the facts on vaping so you can better understand this nicotine-based trend gaining ground in Marathon County. (Click the title to read more…)