CHILDREN’S ORAL HEALTH: Tooth decay is the most common chronic health problem affecting children in the U.S. In western Wisconsin third graders, 1 out of 6 kids has untreated dental decay.

FEBRUARY PROGRAMS: The Healing Place, a free service of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital that helps anyone who has experienced a loss and is in need of spiritual and emotional support, is offering the following free programs and sessions in February. All sessions will take place at The Healing Pla…

WINTER HIKES: Want to enjoy the winter scenery with your family? Join Mayo Clinic Health System for a free winter hike. Snowshoe and winter hike events will be held in multiple communities in the coming weeks.

CENTER OPENING & OPEN HOUSE: The new Prevea Ladysmith Health Center, 1101 Lake Ave. W., opens for patient care today.

In its analysis, Kaiser Health News requested every sanction for sexual misconduct issued by the Medical Board of California over the past 10 years, the name of each doctor involved and his or her license number.

JANUARY PROGRAMS: The Healing Place, a free service of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, is offering the following programs and sessions in January.

FLU VACCINATIONS: If you haven’t had a flu shot yet, it’s not too late. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get the flu shot.

RETIREMENT & NEW VENTURE: After 40 years of service, Dr. Thomas Dow, an ophthalmologist at Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic, is retiring.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Healing Place, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s Center for Life’s Journeys, will host “The Healing Sounds of Christmas” holiday concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at The Florian Gardens, 2340 Lorch Ave.

FOOD SAFETY: Thanksgiving is just a day away, and that that means — turkey! Did you know that 1 in 6 people in the United States will get sick from a foodborne illness this year?

IMPACT PROGRAM: Mayo Clinic Health System and UW-Eau Claire are launching a new program to encourage creative solutions to critical health care questions.

LOVE LIGHTS: This year, as in past years, thousands of loved ones will be represented as lights on the trees in front of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital.

NEW LOCATION: Prevea Health has opened its newest location in the Chippewa Valley, the Center for Health & Wellness, at 2449 Highway I, Chippewa Falls.

WONDERLAND ON THE RIVER: The Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital will host the ninth annual Wonderland on the River fundraising event on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Lake Wissota Golf & Events, 16108 97th Ave., Chippewa Falls.

Until this year, migraine sufferers had to make do with drugs originally developed for other medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or depression. Now, there are three new drugs that were developed just for preventing the horrible headaches.

MEDICARE SEMINARS: People are invited to learn about Medicare options at Security Health Plan of Wisconsin during the following free seminars:

Want to make a toast to your health? Just stick to drinking three or fewer times a week. On the heels of a slew of studies suggesting that even moderate drinking may be hazardous to your health, there is new research that suggests that drinking three times a week may be the cutoff.

FREE CLINIC: Landmark Christian Church, in cooperation with Touched Twice Ministries, is offering a free clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 4140 126th St., Chippewa Falls.