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Indoor radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon-induced lung cancer kills 21,000 Americans every year.  Smoking combined with radon exposure poses additional lifetime risks of getting lung cancer. Since 2015, 187 individual homes in the North Shore have tested for radon. Of the homes tested, 36% had levels that were above the number recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Over the last three years, 36 homes have been tested in Brown Deer and 64% of those tested for high levels of radon. The recommendations from the EPA state that household radon levels should be less than 4 pCi/L. If levels are higher than 4pCi/L, further follow up is recommended.

Radon is a naturally occurring, cancer-causing radioactive gas that is present in the ground and can enter homes through their foundations. It forms from the decay of radioactive elements which are found at varying levels in soil and rock around the base and under the home. Radon levels vary from home to home, so the only way to know if you have high levels is to test.

Radon levels are usually highest in the basement. Levels peak in the winter months when windows and doors that would otherwise help to vent the gas are kept closed. Radon is present everywhere and no area of the country is free from risk. Radon levels are easily measured with a short-term test kit that you can purchase at the North Shore Health Department for $6. 

Please contact the Health Department at 414-371-2980 for more information on radon testing, mitigation or if you need to purchase a test kit. Other helpful websites include and

January 7-13 was Folic Acid Awareness Week. 

It's not too late to get your Flu Shot!

When should your child be tested for lead?

Source: Data was gathered only from short-term kits that were purchased at the North Shore Health Department from 2015-2017. A total of 187 homes in the North Shore tested for radon. 
It’s time for the Community Health Survey!
Every three years, the health care systems and public health departments in Milwaukee County partner to gather information on the health and health behaviors of our residents. 2018 is the third year of the cycle, so a survey year. Phone calls will begin on January 8th. If your landline or cell phone shows a 414 area code number from “Management Decisions,” please answer the call and help us gather data to increase our knowledge and focus our resources on health issues.  
Upcoming Immunization Clinics (appointment required) - Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414-371-2980.

Thursday, Feb. 8th 3-4:30 p.m., Shorewood
Tuesday, Feb. 13th 10-11:00 a.m., Brown Deer
Tuesday, Feb. 20th 7:30-9 a.m., Shorewood
Wednesday, Feb. 21st 3:30-4:30 p.m., Brown Deer
Tuesday, Feb. 27th 3:30-4:30 p.m., NS Library

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (walk-ins welcome – no appointment necessary)

Feb. 7th 12:15-1:00 p.m. Dolan Center (4355 W Bradley Rd) 
Feb. 13th 1:30-2:30 p.m., WFB Sr. Center (5205 Lydell Avenue) 
Feb. 28th 3:30-4:30 p.m., Shorewood

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics (appointment required) – Blood analysis for cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides, blood pressure, weight check and a nurse consultation.
Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414-371-2980.

Wednesday, Feb. 21st., Brown Deer
Tuesday, Feb. 27th., Shorewood



Stairway to Heroin

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | Shorewood High School's Barb Gensler Theater for the Dramatic Arts 
1701 E. Capitol Dr | Shorewood, WI 53211 | 5:30-6:30 PM Resource Fair | 6:30-8:00 PM Program

Children increasingly are coming into contact with illegal drugs. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the average age of first time marijuana use is 14. The average age of first time alcohol use is 11 for boys and 13 for girls. Please join us to learn how you can be part of the solution to this ever-growing concern in our community. Education of students, educators, parents and the community is essential.

View the flyer here

The Gift of Failure 

Tuesday, February 6, 7:00-8:15pm,
University School Milwaukee-Mellows Hall 
2100 W Fairy Chasm Road, River Hills, WI 53217

What's the best way to motivate students to own their education and develop resilience? Research has shown that the key to all these things is intrinsic motivation, or motivation that comes from within. Jessica summarizes the current research on autonomy-supportive parenting and teaching, competence, rewards, desirable difficulties, praise, and failure. Jessica offers practical advice for fostering intrinsic motivation and weaning kids off of extrinsic motivators such as short-term rewards, bribes, honors, coercion, and yes, even grades, while giving kids the support and encouragement they need in order to succeed. View the flyer here

An Afternoon with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris 

Saturday, February 10th, 2018, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, pioneering physician, author and Founder/Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Youth Wellness will discuss her book "The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity".  Interact directly with the author after her talk during a question and answer period and book signing. Books will be available for purchase. RSVP at 

Coffee and Conversations for Caregivers 

Are you caring for someone with dementia? Then, give yourself a break! Connect with fellow caregivers and share challenges, tips, and stories. View the flyer here

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Brown Deer, WI 53223 

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Shorewood, WI 53211

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