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

An Update on Low Income Senior’s Dental Program

You’ve probably heard by now that the provincial government is rolling out a “Low Income Senior’s Dental Program.” This is exciting news! Although, we haven’t received all of the information yet! We want to keep the community updated as news and information is sent to us throughout this process. So, this is what we DO know: The new program specifically … 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

Need Your Well Water Tested? Don’t forget we’ve moved!

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Pick up a water bottle, free of charge, from us or your local municipal service centre. Keep the bottle closed until the moment you fill it. Take the sample on the day you are planning to return it to us. Run the water for 2-3 minutes; remove any aerators, etc. from the sample tap. Remove the tamper-proof, sealed cap from … Read More

Public Health Is A Return On Investment

Investing in public health is the smart and right thing to do! CKPHU would like to thank Canadian Public Health Association, in cooperation with the Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century and the Canadian Network of Public Health Associations who produced this short video.

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