PREGNANT MOTHERS ARE REMINDED: YOUR DENTAL HEALTH IS IMPORTANT

PREGNANT MOTHERS ARE REMINDED: YOUR DENTAL HEALTH IS IMPORTANT

Dental Care During Pregnancy Must Not be Overlooked

Joliet- “What goes into your mouth becomes part of the baby you are carrying.”  That’s what Will County Health Department Community Health Center Dental Program Manager Kimberly Nay wants young mothers to remember.

Community Health Center Dental Director Dr. Sangita Garg encourages all pregnant women to seek dental exams and treatment.  And Nay added that due to special state funding, they will likely be eligible to have their checkup covered.


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Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program

Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program

Provides Nutritous Food and Nutrition Education

The WIC program provides nutritious food and nutrition education to all participants. Breastfeeding support is available to breastfeeding participants.

 Program Eligibility

Categories of participants that are eligible for WIC include:

  • Infants
  • Children under age five
  • Pregnant women (up to 6 weeks after delivery)
  • Postpartum women (up to 6 months after delivery)
  • Breastfeeding women (up to 1 year after delivery)

Applicants must live in Will County and meet income requirements that are set by the Federal Government.  Certain applicants are eligible based on their participation in other programs such as Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Food Stamp eligibility.  Nutrition and medical risk eligibility are determined at the time of the WIC appointment.  Call the office in your area for an appointment or for more specific information. This service is provided free of charge for eligible participants


Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program Locations

Service Locations

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program is offered at:

Will County Health Department 
Main Office
501 Ella Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
Phone: (815)727-8524

Will County Health Department Northern Branch Office 
323 Quadrangle Drive
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Phone: (630)679-7010

Will County Health Department Eastern Branch Office
5601 W. Monee-Manhattan Road, Suite 107
Monee, IL   60449
Phone: (708)534-5777

Wilmington: Call the Joliet office for more information, (815)727-8524

WIC Program Offers Food Packages and Nutritional Counseling

Services Provided by the WIC Program

In Illinois, over 40 percent of all babies born are on the WIC program. WIC is often the entry point into the health care system for WIC participants. Recent studies have shown that WIC participation reduces fetal deaths, infant deaths, low birth weight, and iron deficiency anemia. It also helps to increase immunization rates of children.
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Travel Immunization

Travel Immunization

Types of Immunizations and Fees

The following table displays the available vaccines and the cost. Pre-travel consultation is available for $50.00 for the first person; $25.00 for each additional person in the family.

Call 815-740-8143 for and appointment and information.  Daytime, early morning and late afternoon appointments are available.  Please schedule your appointment at least 4 weeks before your date of departure for maximum protection from vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Health Department Employees Have Room to Grow

Health Department Employees Have Room to Grow

New Organic to Grow Vegetables, Promote Wellness

Will County Health Department employees with a green thumb can soon till the soil at work.  At least 35 employees have signed up for an innovative program spearheaded by the agency’s employee wellness committee and the University of Illinois Extension.
Add Vaccines to Your Back-To-School Checklist

Add Vaccines to Your Back-To-School Checklist

August is National Immunizations Awareness Month

The Will County Health Department is reminding parents to include immunizations on their child's back-to-school checklist.  Immunizations are equally important for college students.
WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AGAIN MARKS "NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY" IN A TASTY WAY

WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AGAIN MARKS "NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY" IN A TASTY WAY

Department's Wellness Committee Making Donation to American Heart Association; Serving Special Oatmeal Breakfast

Joliet- The Will County Health Department Wellness Committee will once again be encouraging everyone to wear red, think healthy hearts, and eat healthy food with their National Wear Red Day Oatmeal Bar.

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TRAVEL VACCINATIONS: THE WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS A TOP SOURCE OF INFORMATION

TRAVEL VACCINATIONS: THE WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS A TOP SOURCE OF INFORMATION

Be Fully Prepared Before Going Out of the Country or Overseas

Joliet- Are you still looking to escape the winter?  If that’s on your agenda, checking into travel vaccinations should be on your agenda as well.


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Prediabetes: It’s Real, and You May Have It

Prediabetes: It’s Real, and You May Have It

Know Where you Stand

The Ad Council in partnership with the American Diabetes Association, the American Medical Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have teamed up to develop the Prediabetes: It’s Real, and You May Have It campaign.

Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance

Get Covered Illinois

Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance   Even with Open Enrollment 2015 officially over, there may still be opportunities to get you and your family health coverage. But do not wait until it’s too late. Call the Will County Health Department’s In-Person Counselor (IPC) program to check if you can still get coverage. 1-815-727-5990.

The Will County Health Department has four full-time In-Person Counselors on staff available to assist individuals and families with enrolling for health coverage (Medicaid and the Marketplace).

Smokeless Tobacco: Not A Safe Alternative to Cigarette Smoking

Smokeless Tobacco: Not A Safe Alternative to Cigarette Smoking

The Illinois Tobacco Quitline Can Help People Quit Using All Forms of Tobacco

JOLIET – Smokeless tobacco is a known cause of oral cancer, and it is associated with recession of the gums, gum disease and tooth decay. The Will County Health Department proudly refers Will County residents to the Illinois Tobacco Quitline and encourages area residents to use this free service if they are ready to create a plan to quit using tobacco.

Program Offers Will County Smokers Telephone-Based Cessation Counseling

Resources Available to Help You Quit Smoking

JOLIET – Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., prompting the Will County Health Department to remind area residents that powerful resources are available to help those wishing to kick the habit. The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a free, telephone-based cessation counseling service provided to Illinois tobacco users who want to quit smoking for good. Callers to the Quitline (1-866-QUIT-YES) can talk confidentially and free of charge to registered nurses and respiratory therapists, who are certified tobacco treatment counselors.

Health Department Offers Winter Weather Tips

Winter Weather Illness Poses Special Problems

JOLIET – Chicagoland Winters can be great for outdoor enthusiasts and hot chocolate lovers, but the cold weather months can be difficult if people fail to take appropriate health and safety precautions. Winter weather illness can pose special problems. Recognizing symptoms and common sense can help you to avoid potentially serious issues in the cold and snow.
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