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

Finding Balance in Ridgetown

Women in the Ridgetown area are invited to register for Finding Balance at the Ridgetown and Area Adult Activity Centre during June.  Join us Wednesday mornings from June 1 – June 29th and learn to Keep Active, Check your Medications, Watch your Step and Eat Right.  This four week program is organized by Chatham-Kent VON, Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres and … Read More

Tanned Skin = Damaged Skin

Ever wish you could go back in time and tell yourself what you know now?  This video shows how the sun damaged your skin when you were younger – and now you witness its harmful effects.  Share this 6 minute clip with a young person in your life .   Did you know?          most sun damage occurs before age 18 … Read More

Smoking for Two?

Did you know that for every cigarette a pregnant woman smokes, the baby gets the effects of two?  There are over 4,000 chemicals in a cigarette.  More than 50 of these cause cancer.  These chemicals are passed on to the baby through the placenta causing a decrease in the amount of oxygen and nutrients that the baby receives. Risks to … Read More

Thirsty? Rethink your drink!

Did you know drinking 1 small bottle of pop is like eating 20 chocolate chip cookies?  Or drinking 1 large iced coffee drink can be like eating 5 ½ doughnuts?  In fact, based on the amount of added sugar they are exactly the same!  The extra calories in sugary drinks, such as pop and iced tea, can add up quickly. This … Read More

Celebrate Food!

Celebrate food….from field to table!  March is Nutrition Month and the 2011 campaign focuses on a celebration of food – from where it’s grown and harvested all the way to appetizing and healthy food on our tables.  Learning where food comes from by visiting local farmers markets or taking the time to visit one of the local farms or growers … Read More

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

Two girls on bicycles outdoors

New Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) announced new Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines on January 24, 2011. Under the new guidelines, children (5-11 years) and youth (12-17 years) require at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity activity per day while adults (18-64 years) and older adults (65 years and older) must get at … Read More