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

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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

Healthy Communities Conference

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The Healthy Communities Conference was a Great Success. About 180 delegates met to learn how population health is essential to a successful community. People of all ages and backgrounds gathered Thursday January 27 at Club Lentinas in Chatham for the Chatham-Kent Next Generation: Creating Healthy Communities Conference. They learned about the Chatham-Kent Community Picture and the Social Determinants of Health. … Read More

Breakfast in a Hurry

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Do you find preparing breakfast a challenge? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and provides the energy you need to start your day. Research has proven that breakfast helps improve your mental and physical performance. It is very hard to make up for the nutrients lost from skipping breakfast and it has been shown the nutrients missed … Read More

Aim for 8 Fruit & Vegetable Program

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As part of our Aim for 8 Campaign to encourage the residents of Chatham-Kent to eat more vegetables and fruit, CK Public Health has again partnered with local farmers markets in Chatham and Ridgetown to offer a fruit and vegetable voucher program. This year we have also partnered with local businesses and other vendors to help expand this program throughout … Read More