Smoking for Two?

Did you know that for every cigarette a pregnant woman smokes, the baby gets the effects of two?  There are over 4,000 chemicals in a cigarette.  More than 50 of these cause cancer.  These chemicals are passed on to the baby through the placenta causing a decrease in the amount of oxygen and nutrients that the baby receives. Risks to … Read More

Thirsty? Rethink your drink!

Did you know drinking 1 small bottle of pop is like eating 20 chocolate chip cookies?  Or drinking 1 large iced coffee drink can be like eating 5 ½ doughnuts?  In fact, based on the amount of added sugar they are exactly the same!  The extra calories in sugary drinks, such as pop and iced tea, can add up quickly. This … Read More

Celebrate Food!

Celebrate food….from field to table!  March is Nutrition Month and the 2011 campaign focuses on a celebration of food – from where it’s grown and harvested all the way to appetizing and healthy food on our tables.  Learning where food comes from by visiting local farmers markets or taking the time to visit one of the local farms or growers … Read More

Smoking in Workplace Vehicles

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Since May 31st, 2006 the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) requires workplaces to be smoke-free. Many are unaware that this also applies to vehicles that are driven for work (such as a backhoe, delivery truck or a taxi). In the SFOA, the definition of an enclosed workplace applies to a vehicle or conveyance or a part of any of them that … Read More

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

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New Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) announced new Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines on January 24, 2011. Under the new guidelines, children (5-11 years) and youth (12-17 years) require at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity activity per day while adults (18-64 years) and older adults (65 years and older) must get at … Read More

Healthy Communities Conference

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The Healthy Communities Conference was a Great Success. About 180 delegates met to learn how population health is essential to a successful community. People of all ages and backgrounds gathered Thursday January 27 at Club Lentinas in Chatham for the Chatham-Kent Next Generation: Creating Healthy Communities Conference. They learned about the Chatham-Kent Community Picture and the Social Determinants of Health. … Read More

Creating a Healthy Workplace

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Many people spend the majority of their waking hours at work. Working conditions and balance between work and family have a great impact on employee health. CK Public Health Services has developed a variety of resources in the belief that maintaining a healthy lifestyle – at work and at home – is key to long term employee health and employer … Read More

Breakfast in a Hurry

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Do you find preparing breakfast a challenge? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and provides the energy you need to start your day. Research has proven that breakfast helps improve your mental and physical performance. It is very hard to make up for the nutrients lost from skipping breakfast and it has been shown the nutrients missed … Read More

Sun Myths

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Myth 1: “A good tan will protect my skin.” Wrong. Any tan is skin damage. You get a little protection for the moment and lots of problems down the road. Damaging skin to protect skin is a no-win situation. Myth 2: “Stay in the water and your skin won’t burn.” Wrong. Ultraviolet radiation penetrates the water. It can also reflect … Read More

Aim for 8 Fruit & Vegetable Program

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As part of our Aim for 8 Campaign to encourage the residents of Chatham-Kent to eat more vegetables and fruit, CK Public Health has again partnered with local farmers markets in Chatham and Ridgetown to offer a fruit and vegetable voucher program. This year we have also partnered with local businesses and other vendors to help expand this program throughout … Read More

Sun Sense for Parents

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Chances are your child will be spending a lot of time outdoors this summer. Unfortunately, too much sun can be harmful. Over time UV rays can cause skin cancer, premature aging and cataracts. As little as one blistering sunburn in childhood doubles the risk of developing melanoma as an adult. It is important that we practice sun sense at an early … Read More

Breastfeeding in Chatham-Kent

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For the first six months the only food your baby needs is breastmilk. Come to one of our breastfeeding classes and learn the basics of breastfeeding, including: Importance of breastfeeding Getting started Maintaining breastfeeding Pregnant women, partners and support people are invited. These free classes are located at the Health Unit. To register call the CK Public Health, 519.352.7270 ext. 2903. For … Read More