ONEIDA COUNTY - When expecting, everyone hopes for a healthy child. To help ensure this, there are some things a mother can do.
"During pregnancy it is very important for women to take a multivitamin as well as stay away from things drinking and smoking as well as drugs," says Brenda Husing, Oneida County Registered Dietitian
But birth defects affect 1 in 33 babies every year.
"Some of the most common birth defects are heart defects. Also spina bifida and encephalocele. Some of these can be prevented by taking folic acid prior to conception. About 50 percent of pregnancies are unplanned. So any woman of child bearing age should really be taking a multivitamin or folic acid supplement," says Brenda Husing.
However, even after taking all these precautions a child can be born with a birth defect. Luckily there are places you can go for help.
"Birth to three is an early intervention program and we serve children ages 0 to 3 who need to have a 25 percent delay in at least one area of development to qualify," says Maureen Juras, Manager of Birth to Three.
Birth to three can help out in a number of ways. From speech and physical therapy to helping find financial support. But the best preventative measure is to take prenatal vitamins and avoid drugs and alcohol use.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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