A Day in the Life of a Public Health Inspector: Seasonal Workers Edition

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It’s a well known fact that Chatham-Kent is a world leader when it comes to agriculture. In fact, we are the number one producer in all of Canada for tomatoes, carrots, seed corn, pumpkins and cucumbers. We also lead the provincial pack in producing green peas, broccoli, cauliflower and quail. High production levels of asparagus, field peppers, Brussel sprouts and … Read More

A Day in the Life of a Public Health Inspector: Special Events Edition

Many people know that Public Health Inspectors examine local food establishments like dine-in restaurants, fast food joints, and even your favourite corner convenience store. What many people don’t know is the role that PHI’s play when it comes to ensuring on-site safety of special events across Chatham-Kent. This year alone, your CK Public Health Inspectors were responsible for the inspection … Read More

How to Safely Dispose of Needles

Watch the video below for a step-by-step guide on how to properly dispose of needles found on public or private property.   For more information please contact the CK Public Health  at 519.355.1071 ext. 5901 or email ckpublichealth@chatham-kent.ca    

Smoking and vaping in Schools

Smoking, Vaping, and Schools in CK Since the holiday season of 2018, CK Public Health has seen a huge uptake in smoking and especially vaping in and around Chatham-Kent schools.  There have been some recent changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (2017) dealing with schools, so here is a brief guide. 20m Away or You’ll Pay The Smoke-Free Ontario Act … Read More

Local CK Elementary School’s Health and Wellness Efforts “Good as Gold”

Chatham-Kent’s own École Saint-Francis Catholic Elementary School in Tilbury was one of 274 schools across Ontario that participated in, and completed, the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA) 6-step Healthy Schools process. Of those 274 schools, they were one of just 148 across the province who successfully achieved enough points to be certified as Gold. OPHEA’s Healthy Schools Certification … Read More

Eye See…Eye Learn® program available in CK!

Does your child need an eye exam?  This is time sensitive information if you have a student in JK!  Each year, thousands of children start school without ever having an eye exam. Parents often believe that their child will let them know that they cannot see well, but children are rarely able to tell that they have poor vision because … Read More

Opioid Use and Related Harms in CK

In August 2017, CK Public Health began an assessment to learn about opioid use and related harms in our community. On February 21st 2019, the CK Public Health “Substance Use Working Group” hosted a meeting to share assessment findings with community partners. The working group brought together front-line service providers, decision-makers, peers, and community members from different organizations across Chatham-Kent.  … Read More

Healthy Smiles Card Expire July 31, 2019

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Is your Healthy Smiles Ontario card expiring July 31st, 2019? Be on the look out for a new card coming in the mail. If you did not get one or have any questions please call Oral Health Services at CK Public Health- 519-355-1071 Ext. 5700

Hand, foot and mouth disease

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Did you know that people with hand, foot and mouth disease are most contagious during their first week of illness? Symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease include: fever sore throat decreased appetite lack of energy blister like sores in the mouth rash of flat red spots that may blister on the palms of the hands, the feet and sometimes … Read More

Nutrition Month – Week #3 Potential to Prevent and to Heal

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March is Nutrition Month and the theme for 2018 is “ Unlock the Potential of Food”.  Blog #3 is focused on Potential to Prevent/Potential to Heal. Did you know: Almost 80% of premature stroke and heart disease can be prevented through healthy lifestyle behaviours and certain diets are linked with slowing the rate of cognitive decline? One third of cancers … Read More

Mind your “Business”

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Mind Your “Business” The Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights team is looking to raise awareness about this connection during Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week from February 12-16th.  This year’s theme for the week is Mind Your “Business,” and the goal is to address and raise awareness to the connection between sexual health and mental health and the … Read More