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National Radon Action Month 

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking, resulting in an estimated 21,000 deaths annually, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Radon exposure is highly preventable and can be mitigated at a relatively low cost to homeowners. 

This January, we are again helping area residents ensure safe radon levels in their homes, schools, and offices by offering free test kits in our annual “Give a Can, Get a Kit” event. To participate, residents exchange nonperishable food items and/or toiletries for a free radon test kit at our Benzonia and Lake Leelanau offices. 

Last year, BLDHD provided 50 radon test kits to the community and donated all the nonperishable food items and/or toiletries to local food pantries.  

To help residents learn more about radon levels in their county, Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has created a one stop website. The site has a search-by-county function where residents can learn about average radon levels, contact information for the local health department and state radon officer, and access more educational resources on radon.   

Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

WIC is here to help you and your little ones get the nutritious food they need to grow strong and healthy. 

Throughout the pandemic, WIC clients have seen an increase in WIC benefits including increase in fruit and vegetables allowances. Increases in WIC benefits have been shown to increase the amounts of healthy foods consumed by WIC kids. Let USDA know today: More healthy foods make for healthier kids! Take action: 

 Visit or call 231-256-0200 for more information or to sign up for WIC! 

Reproductive Health Services 

Did you know that routine screening tests can reduce your risk of cervical cancer? January celebrates and brings awareness about Cervical Health.  

The health department offers breast and cervical cancer screening and education at low/no cost. Financial assistance may also be available for follow-up diagnostic testing if an abnormal screening result is identified.  Screening includes a clinical pelvic exam, PAP test, screening mammogram, counseling, and referral. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 231-882-4409.  

New Proposed District Sanitary Code:

Approved by County Boards of Commissioners from Benzie and Leelanau Counties and the Benzie Leelanau District Health Department Board of Health.
As required by the Public Health Code, the new District Sanitary Code will go into effect 45 days after approval on January 27, 2023.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Our clinics will ONLY be offering Moderna vaccines for everyone 6 months of age and older. 

These clinics will be open to primary series and booster dose appointments. Parent consent is required for minors. Upcoming clinics in the Health Department can be found on our website.   

Anyone may call the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department’s public health information line at 231-882-2197 if they have questions or are not able to find a time or date that works for them and/or their child. Additional vaccination sites can be found at   

COVID-19 Testing Clinics

PCR and antigen testing available at no cost. No appointment needed.
Pre-registration recommended (but not required).To pre-register, click here

Home Rapid Test kits and KN-95 mask are available at both Benzie and Leelanau County offices from 8 am-4:30 pm.
Home Rapid Test kits can also be ordered online at and

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