Health promotion and wellness
Rice County SHIP newsletter
Promoting healthy communities
Rice County Public Health offers health education for schools, worksites, and community groups. Staff collaborate with the community on policies, systems and environmental changes to protect, promote and improve the health of all Rice County residents.
Juniper is a hub for evidenced-based healthy living classes. Search for Juniper programs.
Chemical and mental health resources
- Mental Health Minnesota
- Opioid Treatment – HealthFinders Collaborative
- Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Resource Directory
- Rice County substance use disorder webpage
- Rice County adult mental health webpage
Tobacco information and resources
Your health and the environment
On these days, air pollution levels may cause adverse health effects for people with cardiovascular disease, lung disease, older adults, children, and even healthy people doing vigorous activity. For more information about air quality and health, visit www.pca.state.mn.us/air-water-land-climate/air-quality-and-health
To find air quality levels by ZIP Code, visit the U.S. Air Quality Index website, Airnow.gov.
AirNow reports air quality using the official U.S. Air Quality Index (AQI), a color-coded index designed to communicate whether air quality is healthy or unhealthy for you. When you know the AQI in your area, you can take steps to protect your health.
Children under age 6 are most at risk from lead poisoning because they are more likely to ingest lead and their bodies are developing rapidly. Babies and small children can swallow or breathe in lead from contaminated dirt, dust or sand while they play on the ground or floor. Even low levels of exposure can affect a child’s learning, behavior and growth.
Learn more by visiting the Minnesota Department of Health website or by viewing the CDC video about childhood lead poisoning prevention below.
Lead poisoning is entirely preventable. The key is stopping children from coming into contact with lead. Lead may be found in
- Paint in many homes older than 1978. Most homes built before 1950 have lead-based paint in them.
- Lead paint dust on windowsills or toys, pacifiers and other objects children may put in their mouth.
- Bare soil, particularly within three feet of the foundation of a house built before 1978.
- Water from lead pipes or pipes with lead solders.
- Some consumer products such as fishing tackle, jewelry, toys, cosmetics and home remedies may be contain lead.
Testing for lead exposure
Check with your health care provider if you think that your child has a risk for lead exposure.
A simple blood test can determine whether your child has been exposed to lead. It is recommended that all children get a blood lead test around 12 and 24 months of age, with additional testing between 25 months through 17 years based on exposure risks.
Public Health follow-up for lead
Rice County Public Health receives referrals from the Minnesota Department of Health for children and pregnant/breastfeeding individuals with elevated blood lead levels. Public Health nurses are available for case management, health education and home visits to help assess for home lead risks. Call 507-332-6111 for information about lead.
Testing for radon is easy, inexpensive and only takes three to five days. The best time to test is during the heating season, but testing can be done year-round. Free test kits are available at Rice County Public Health on the first floor of the Government Services Building, 320 Third St. NW, Faribault and Rice County's Northfield office,1651 Jefferson Parkway, Suite YW108.
For more information about radon, visit the Minnesota Department of Health.