Pressing Pause on First Doses of AstraZeneca

  First and foremost, if you received AstraZeneca, we want you to know that you made the right choice to be vaccinated. To go without protection at a time when the COVID-19 virus is circulating widely, would have been significantly more unsafe than the risks associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. By choosing to receive this vaccine, you protected yourself, your … Read More

What to Expect: Personal Service Settings and COVID-19

dog getting their hair done

  What to Expect in Phase Two: Service Settings With more personal service settings opening in Phase Two, maybe you’re ready for a much needed hair or dental appointment or perhaps some physio or massage therapy? These types of services promote health and well-being, but, receiving health and personal care services at this time is not without risk. Going in-person … Read More

Places of Worship and COVID-19

Spirituality is important for mental health and well-being. In order for places of worship to re-open safely, in-person attendance is limited to  30% building capacity to ensure physical distancing. If attending an in-person worship service there are some important things to remember to keep you, your loved ones, and our community safe. Remember to: Keep 2 metres of physical distance … Read More

Nutrition staff on the front lines of the COVID-19 response

This week, we are shining a light on the role of our CK Public Health nutrition staff in how they have adapted their work to support the COVID-19 response. Public Health dietitians work with many community partnerships on a variety of topics every single day. During the current emergency response, CK Public Health has been fortunate to have such experienced … Read More

Paramedic Services Week 2020: Paramedics on the Front Line

paramedic logo with mask

Paramedic Services Week (May 24-May 30) The theme for Paramedic Services Week 2020 is Pandemic: Paramedics on the Front Line and demonstrates the important role that paramedics play on the front lines of the healthcare system during a pandemic. “During this pandemic we recognize, more than ever, the important partnership we have with Paramedic Services in keeping our community safe and healthy … Read More

When and how to wear a non-medical mask

Photo credit: Handmade by Amy S. Should I wear a mask out in public during the COVID-19 outbreak? Non-medical masks can be used by the public in situations where physical distancing (2 metres) cannot be maintained. For example, travelling to an essential medical appointment. In this case, the non-medical mask or face covering could help protect others from the spread … Read More

Backyard Gardens – Raised Bed or In Ground Garden?

As the nicer weather approaches, you may be thinking of starting a garden to grow produce this summer.  Gardens come in lots of different sizes and styles.  Some people prefer the traditional method of simply clearing space and planting directly into the ground.  Others prefer to use a raised bed garden to plant in.  Both are great options and which … Read More

Essential shopping during COVID-19

As businesses start re-opening, we are here to help you prepare and take the necessary steps to stay safe when going out for essential trips in the community. How we experience, navigate and operate retail environments to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will need to be continuously monitored and adapted. Here is Dr. Colby talking about the variety of control … Read More

Seniors’ Health and Well-Being During COVID-19 Pandemic

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is strongly urging those over the age of 70 or those with weakened immune systems or medical conditions to stay at home and self-isolate. Why is this so important? Seniors, people with weakened immune systems and chronic medical conditions are more at risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19. These measures are meant to help … Read More

Eating, it’s “More than Food”!

  March is Nutrition Month and this year we are talking about how healthy eating is about More Than Food! Dietitians are encouraging Canadians to consider not only what they eat, but how they eat too!  This aligns so well with the new Canada’s Food Guide and its reminders.  Be mindful of your eating habits by taking the time to … Read More

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder “Rises Above” Locally

On January 29th, in honour of Bell Let’s Talk Day 2020, a local event, “Rise Above PTSD: Stories of Redemption” was held at the Ten Seven Café & Lounge. 4 local first responders (Murray Dawson, Brian Knowler, Emily Hime and Gary Deroo) who have struggled with the demons of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, took part in a fireside chat about … Read More

Youth Vaping on the Rise

Youth Vaping on the Rise

Youth culture moves fast. “What’s in”, clothing, language, popular music and other trends change quickly and it’s hard to keep up with everything that is occurring. If you haven’t been paying attention, you might have missed that youth vaping in Canada has increased 75% in the past year (2017/2018). Here in Chatham-Kent, almost 32% of high school students have reportedly … Read More