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Iron County Health Department ~ Public Health

Office Information

Department Head: Katie Hampston, BSN, RN
502 Copper Street
Suite 2
Hurley, WI 54534
Phone: 715-561-2191
Toll Free: 888-561-2191
Fax: 715-561-2836
Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM



The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has upgraded our website to better serve Wisconsin citizens. Our agency meets many different needs-but as a whole we are here to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin. A modern, well‐designed, and more responsive website will help us to achieve that.

We are using a web development tool called Drupal that has been adopted widely across both business and government. Drupal is an open source web content management system with an active development community. In other words, it is a free tool for building websites that has caught on as a practical and innovative solution worldwide.

The user experience is extremely important to us, and this upgrade has allowed us to greatly improve it.

**We studied how people navigate and why they come to   the website-and applied what we learned. Overall, visitors to our website should find it less complicated to browse, search, and find what they want.

**We are also using best practices for design. The new look is uncluttered and easier on the user's eyes.

**Our website is now optimized for mobile, which means you can view our site on any device with ease.

**We continue our ongoing agency commitment to accessibility and compliance with federal regulation, sec


September is Childhood Obesity Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Month

Boys' baseball team eating apples

Learn ways to promote healthy growth in children and prevent obesity.

About 1 in 5 (19%) children in the United States has obesity. Certain groups of children are more affected than others. National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides a chance for all of us to learn more about this serious health condition. While there is no simple solution, there are many ways communities can support children with their journey to good health.

Childhood Obesity Is a Major Public Health Problem

  • Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases, such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, and type 2 diabetes. They also have more risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure and high cholesterol than their normal weight peers.
  • Children with obesity can be bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers. They are also more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem.
  • Children with obesity are more likely to have obesity as adults. This can lead to lifelong physical and mental health problems. Adult obesity is associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and many types of cancers.

Childhood Obesity Is Influenced by Many Factors

Many factors can have an impact on childhood obesity, including eating and physical activity behaviors, genetics, metabolism, family and home environment, and community and social factors. For some children and families, obesity may be influenced by the following:

  • too much time spent being inactive
  • lack of sleep
  • lack of places to go in the community to get physical activity
  • easy access to inexpensive, high calorie foods and sugary beverages
  • lack of access to affordable, healthier foods

There Are Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Obesity and Support Healthy Growth in Children

To help ensure that children have a healthy weight, energy balance is important. There are many things parents can do to help their children achieve a healthy weight and maintain it.

Addressing Obesity Can Start in the Home, but Also Requires the Support of Providers and Communities

We can all take part in the effort to encourage children to be more physically active and eat a healthy diet.

State and local health departments, businesses, and community groups can:

  • Ensure that neighborhoods have low-cost physical activity opportunities such as parks, trails, and community centers.
  • Offer easy access to safe, free drinking water and healthy, affordable food options.

Health Care Providers can:

  • Measure children’s weight, height and body mass index routinely.
  • Connect or refer families to breastfeeding support services, nutrition education, or childhood healthy weight programs as needed.

Early Care and Education centers and schools can:

  • Adopt policies and practices that support healthy eating, regular physical activity, and limited screen time.
  • Provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice these behaviors.

Working together, we all have a role in making healthier foods, beverages, and physical activity the easy choice for children and adolescents to help prevent childhood obesity.


Electronic Cigarettes

Get the facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects and the risks of using e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “e-hookahs,” “vape pens,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).” Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.

What‘s the bottom line?
  • E-cigarettes have the potential to benefit adult smokers who are not pregnant if used as a complete substitute for regular cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products.
  • E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
  • While e-cigarettes have the potential to benefit some people and harm others, scientists still have a lot to learn about whether e-cigarettes are effective for quitting smoking.
  • If you’ve never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, don’t start.
  • Additional research can help understand long-term health effects.
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City of Hurley Manganese Testing

The City of Hurley is continuing to cooperatively work with The City of Ironwood, Iron County Health Department, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, The Wisconsin Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, and the Michigan Department, Great Lakes, and Energy to investigate potential manganese levels in homes.

The City of Hurley currently obtains water from the City of Ironwood, which initially began to investigate potential elevated manganese levels in the water system earlier this month.

During the first round of manganese testing the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department initially sampled the feed point to the City of Hurley, WI (located on Silver Street at the Montreal River Bridge), the feed point measured 45 ppb (parts per billion).

Additionally, the City of Hurley Public Works in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Iron County Health Department sampled the feed point to Hurley after the recent fire in downtown Ironwood.  These results read at 76 ppb (parts per billion).

Results from both testing done were under the EPA advisory level of 300 parts per billion for children under 12 months of age.  As a precautionary measure the City of Hurley Public Works Department, Iron County Health Department, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be doing additional sampling sites from other locations throughout the City of Hurley.

The advisory for infants less than 12 months continues to remain in effect until additional samples are analyzed and results are available.  Bottled water remains available at the Hurley Police Department (HPD) located at 405 5th Ave N. Hours of pick-up at HPD will be Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm.  Water is also available at the Ironwood Public Safety Office located 123 West McLeod Avenue.  The pickup hours will be Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm.


For more information about manganese and your health, Hurley residents can contact the Iron County Health Department at 715-561-2191 or the City of Hurley Public Works Department at 715-561-4715 from 8am-4pm.




Our Mission

The Iron County Wisconsin Health Department is here to serve the residents of Iron County Wisconsin by promoting health, protecting the enviroment, and preventing disease and injury.