What do you know about Healthy Smiles Ontario and your Kids?

Did you know? If you have kids age 17 and under and  you don’t have dental benefits, or they are limited—including Ontario Works or ODSP—we can help! We can help with: Your Healthy Smiles application Answer questions about your child’s oral health Where do you go? We are located at 177 King Street East at the WISH Centre For more information … Read More

First Tooth First Visit

The goal is to have a dental visit before there is a problem. Recommended routine dental visits will let your child’s dental provider catch small problems early. Here are 3 reasons to take your child for dental exams: You can find out if the cleaning you do at home is working. Your dentist can find problems right away and fix … Read More

Vision Screening Program for SK Students

The 2018 Ontario Public Health Standards require Public Health Units to implement a universal Vision Screening Program for SK students. The Ottawa Public Health Unit created an excellent video reinforcing the importance of comprehensive eye exams, signs of potential vision problems, and a preview of vision screening. We have begun its senior kindergarten vision screening pilot and will provide vision … Read More

Vision Related to Video Games

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With the winter months upon us, children may spend more time indoors and on their video games. However, too much time focusing on a screen can strain your child’s eyes. Here are a few tips to ensure your child is safely enjoying their video games: Balance video game time with plenty of creative, outdoor and quiet play. Keep their screen … Read More

Vision Related to Video Games

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With the winter months upon us, children may spend more time indoors and on their video games. However, too much time focusing on a screen can strain your child’s eyes. Here are a few tips to ensure your child is safely enjoying their video games: Balance video game time with plenty of creative, outdoor and quiet play. Keep their screen … Read More

Is Your Child Protected?

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We have recently mailed out over 1500 immunization letters for elementary and secondary children either in need of a vaccine or needing to report their shots. There are 2 reasons to choose vaccination: To protect our children and ourselves- even if we think our chances of getting any disease is small; they do still exist and can infect anyone who … Read More

Eye Health Issues and the Impact on Student Learning

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Please watch this eye opening video from the Ontario Association of Optometrists website. In this video four teachers with simulated vision troubles experience what it is like for students with these common issues to do school work. The teachers begin to understand and relate to the struggles children can have with eye health issues and the impact on student learning. … Read More

Vision Screening Program 2019

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Did you know…   The CK Public Health will be piloting a vision screening program for senior kindergarten students beginning in January 2019? With a full SK vision screening program for all Chatham-Kent elementary schools starting in the 2019/2020 school year. The 2018 Ontario Public Health Standards require public health units to implement a vision screening program for SK students. Detailed … Read More

Cannabis is now legal in Chatham-Kent

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There is a lot of information about the legalization of cannabis in Ontario. Here in Chatham-Kent, we’d like to highlight some of the key issues about this topic. This page will be updated regularly with accurate evidence based information to support local residents during this time of change. Health Risks What is Cannabis? Harm Reduction Cannabis and the Law Resources … Read More

I CAN Breastfeed…

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I Can Cope With Advice Given By Those Unsupportive Of Breastfeeding What?? You’re still breastfeeding that baby? Some women will hear that when their babies are 2 months old or when they are 2 years old. It can be hard to hear those negative comments from those that are closest to us. Here are some tips for dealing with those … Read More

Itchy Head? Think Head Lice

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With colder weather fast approaching and everyone back in school, we are likely to see the return of head lice. Some helpful tips to avoid head lice include: Check hair 1-2 times a week during the school year Avoid head to head contact Do not share personal items and head gear like combs, hats, and scarves Tie back long hair or braid … Read More

Healthy Smiles Card Expire July 31, 2019

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Is your Healthy Smiles Ontario card expiring July 31st, 2019? Be on the look out for a new card coming in the mail. If you did not get one or have any questions please call Oral Health Services at CK Public Health- 519-355-1071 Ext. 5700