What’s in your medicine cabinet?

DON’T Flush It!         DON’T Trash It!         DON’T Share It! It’s time to clean out your medicine cabinet and return unused medicine to your local pharmacy for safe, FREE disposal! Why should I bother? 18% of Ontario youth reported non-medical use of a prescription opioid pain reliever. 75% of these youth get the medication from home. Certain medications can increase your risk … Read More

Pap Screening Saves Lives!

National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, October 23-29th Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with immunization and regular screening. This year CK Public Health has teamed up with Cancer Care Ontario and The Federation of Medical Women of Canada to bring awareness to Cervical Cancer and urge women to get their Pap test! According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, … Read More

Preventing pregnancy after sex

Missed pills? Broken condom? No protection? When accidents happen you’ve got a back-up plan! It’s called emergency contraception (EC), also known as the “morning after pill” or Plan B. You risk an accidental pregnancy when condoms break, when birth control is taken incorrectly, or if you were unprepared for sex. Unprotected sex, even if it’s just once, can lead to … Read More

World Suicide Awareness Day is September 10

  A lot of us have been touched by suicide….. Let’s Break the Silence……….Let’s Break the Stigma ! Come and join The Suicide Prevention & Education Committee of Chatham-Kent in a Suicide Awareness March and Memorial Vigil on Saturday, September 10, 2011 – 10:30 am to 1:00 pm…..rain or shine. The Awareness March will form at the parking lot on the corner … Read More

Make the Playground a Safe-ground!

Have you checked out Chatham-Kent’s new Kingston Park lately?  In addition to the splash pad, there are some new playground structures for your children to play on.  Did you know that each year in Canada, close to 30,000 children and youth are injured on playgrounds?  Follow these tips to make sure your children play safe all summer long! Remove cords … Read More

Quit Playlist

Quit Playlist  Are you trying to quit smoking and need some extra support? Check out the songs on our quit play list:   You Raise Me Up Fighter Man in Motion Stand It’s My Life True Colours Higher Greatest Love of All I Will Survive        There’s more you can do! Call the Public Health Unit at 519-352-7270,  … Read More

Is Your Drinking Under Control?

 A shocking report from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health came out this month.  Adults’ reporting daily drinking has increased from 5.3% in 2002 to over 9% in 2009!  Daily drinking can be just as dangerous as binge drinking. You may not remember the amount consumed over the week and may even end up drinking more. With all the … Read More

New Caffeine-Added Drinks Not for Kids

New caffeine-added drinks are arriving on our Chatham-Kent store shelves and marketed to all ages, although they may contain unsafe levels of caffeine for kids.     Caffeine may cause difficulty sleeping, headaches, irritability, anxiety, vomiting, and heart palpitations.  The long term effects of caffeine on child and adolescent brain development are unknown.  In addition, caffeine-added drinks usually have high levels … Read More

WALK ‘n WATCH Challenge

Attention!  All residents who have children that play or practice soccer on the field behind the Courthouse! Don’t sit – get fit  while your kids also exercise and you may have a chance to win a prize! For the months of July and August, 2011, we, the CK Public Health, in partnership with the Chatham Soccer Association,  challenge you to walk … Read More

Dad – Is it Your Right Time to Quit?

Make Father’s Day a special day. Consider quitting tobacco use. You are not alone in your desire to live a tobacco-free life. By quitting you will: Be a positive role model for your family Reduce your chances of cancer, heart disease and stroke Have more energy AND Your family will: Enjoy extra money for family activities Be less likely to … Read More

Canning Workshop Available

Are you interested in learning about the art of  home canning?  Join the CK Public Health and Chatham-Kent Foodlink on Wednesday, June 22nd from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the WISH Centre to learn more about how to can your own fruits and vegetables.  Registration is required and spaces are limited so be sure and reserve your spot early!  … Read More

Canning Workshop Available

Are you interested in learning about the art of  home canning?  Join the CK Public Health and Chatham-Kent Foodlink on Wednesday, June 22nd from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the WISH Centre to learn more about how to can your own fruits and vegetables.  Registration is required and spaces are limited so be sure and reserve your spot early!  … Read More