Composting is Food for your Garden

Composting provides you with rich organic matter that does wonders to improve the quality of your garden soil. There are differences between compost and fertilizer for your gardens.  The main difference is that compost feeds the soil, while fertilizer feeds the plant. When you add compost to your garden, you are feeding the good microbes and improving the soil.  Fertilizers, … Read More

Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

The weather over the last few weeks has finally started to warm up and that means you most likely have already designed, if not planted your garden. Today, we’re sharing tips to up your chances of success. To start, all gardens will need the following to help their plants grow well: LIGHT – Plants need, full sun, for at least … Read More

Enjoy the Sun Safely

It’s still safe to enjoy the outdoors during the pandemic. Along with keeping 2 metres from others, make sure you enjoy the sun safely! It’s fun to be outside on a hot, sunny day. The sun’s rays feel good, but too much sun can end in a painful sunburn, and over time may lead to wrinkles, age spots, eye damage … Read More

Container and Vertical Gardening

Maybe you live in apartment or a location without a lot of green space or room to grow the large garden you imagined. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up on growing your own garden. Container gardening is a great alternative to traditional gardens. They are one of the simplest ways to grow your own plants and they … 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

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow? The popular nursery rhyme makes it seem so easy to start a garden, but there is a lot of information that you will want to consider if you are interested in starting one at home and growing your own produce. To help you get started, we’ve put together some basics to … Read More

Dog Days of Summer are here-be safe when you’re BBQing

Summer are here—Time for relaxing, traveling, and spending time outdoors with family and friends. Summer is also a great time to fire up the BBQ and grill up some delicious eats. It’s important to make sure that safe food handling practices don’t go on vacation this summer! Follow these simple tips to prevent foodborne illness at your next cookout: Thawing … 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    

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

Youth Vaping

Have you noticed the increased popularity of vaping devices being sold and used across Chatham-Kent? Especially among younger audiences who are not permitted to buy them in stores unless they are 19 years of age? When looking at some details about what vaping is looking like in Ontario a recent University of Waterloo study shared the following conclusions: Vaping has … 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

Heat Warnings

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CK Public Health may issue a heat warning when Environment and Climate Change Canada predicts hot and humid weather. When we issue a heat warning—take extra precautions to protect yourself and loved ones from heat related health risks. We issue a heat warning when two consecutive days are forecasted to have a daytime high temperature greater than or equal to … Read More