Parenting Program

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        Be the Best Parent You Can Be We often hear people say that parenting is the toughest job in the world. But, anyone who becomes a parent also realizes that the moments that melt your heart make it all worthwhile. Parenting can be a challenge and not every moment of every day is filled with sunshine. … Read More

Emergencies can happen any time – Are You Ready?

Know the Risks that are Specific to Chatham-Kent! Here are some of the risks: Flood Blizzard/Snow Storm Tornado Severe Weather (Heat/Cold) Storms Blackout Infectious Disease Outbreak Transportation Accident Industrial Accident  Make a Plan!  Every Canadian household needs a plan, how to meet and contact others in your family Learn about First Aid – it could save a life Plan escape … Read More

Vision Screening Program for SK Students

The 2018 Ontario Public Health Standards require Public Health Units to implement a universal Vision Screening Program for SK students. The Ottawa Public Health Unit created an excellent video reinforcing the importance of comprehensive eye exams, signs of potential vision problems, and a preview of vision screening. We have begun its senior kindergarten vision screening pilot and will provide vision … Read More

Vision Related to Video Games

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With the winter months upon us, children may spend more time indoors and on their video games. However, too much time focusing on a screen can strain your child’s eyes. Here are a few tips to ensure your child is safely enjoying their video games: Balance video game time with plenty of creative, outdoor and quiet play. Keep their screen … Read More

Is Your Child Protected?

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We have recently mailed out over 1500 immunization letters for elementary and secondary children either in need of a vaccine or needing to report their shots. There are 2 reasons to choose vaccination: To protect our children and ourselves- even if we think our chances of getting any disease is small; they do still exist and can infect anyone who … Read More

Vision Screening Program 2019

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Did you know…   The CK Public Health will be piloting a vision screening program for senior kindergarten students beginning in January 2019? With a full SK vision screening program for all Chatham-Kent elementary schools starting in the 2019/2020 school year. The 2018 Ontario Public Health Standards require public health units to implement a vision screening program for SK students. Detailed … Read More

Cannabis is now legal in Chatham-Kent

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There is a lot of information about the legalization of cannabis in Ontario. Here in Chatham-Kent, we’d like to highlight some of the key issues about this topic. This page will be updated regularly with accurate evidence based information to support local residents during this time of change. Health Risks What is Cannabis? Harm Reduction Cannabis and the Law Resources … Read More

I CAN Breastfeed…

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I Can Cope With Advice Given By Those Unsupportive Of Breastfeeding What?? You’re still breastfeeding that baby? Some women will hear that when their babies are 2 months old or when they are 2 years old. It can be hard to hear those negative comments from those that are closest to us. Here are some tips for dealing with those … Read More

I CAN Breastfeed

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I Can Include My Partner in the Care of my Breastfed Baby Picture this… You wake in the morning, after a sleepless night, where your baby wanted to feed every hour, on the hour. You are tired and have just enough energy to get your baby latched to feed ONE MORE TIME, but there are so many things that need … Read More

I CAN Breastfeed…

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I Can Get Enough Rest While Nursing My Baby How many times, as a mom-to-be, have you heard people say, “Better get your rest before the baby comes, because once they are here you won’t get any”? Although getting enough rest can sometimes seem almost impossible for new moms, the good news is that, with a little planning, it can … Read More

I CAN Breastfeed…

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I Can Breastfeed My Baby Even If He/She Is Jaundiced You should be waking up my sweet baby, it’s time to eat. Why are you so tired and sleepy when feeding? Even your skin and whites of your eyes look yellow. Your baby may have jaundice. Over 50% of babies develop a condition called jaundice in the first couple of … Read More