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

Get active on National Health & Fitness Day

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National Health and Fitness Day is an initiative to make Canada the Fittest Nation on Earth! Saturday June 2nd, 2018 provides an opportunity for all citizens to Get Up, Get Out and Get Active. Here are some activity ideas for your family and friends; Let your kids plan the activities for the day! If you’ve never played Grounders or Manhunt, … Read More

Nutrition Month – Week #4 – Potential to Bring Us Together!

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The fourth blog in our Nutrition Month Series “Unlock the Potential of Food” is focusing on “Potential to Bring us Together”. Family meals offer a wonderful opportunity to unplug and connect with each other. It may take some work to figure out how to make family meals happen, but the benefits are worth it.  Children who eat with their family … Read More

Smoke-Free Housing Update

Good News for Smoke-Free Housing! The Ontario Ministry of Housing has completed the process of developing a Standard Lease, which includes a section that invites landlords and tenants to agree to a smoking policy. This will make it much easier for them to agree to smoke-free policies and over-time will greatly reduce exposure to second-hand smoke. The use of the … Read More

Smoke-Free Housing Update

Good News for Smoke-Free Housing! The Ontario Ministry of Housing has completed the process of developing a Standard Lease, which includes a section that invites landlords and tenants to agree to a smoking policy. This will make it much easier for them to agree to smoke-free policies and over-time will greatly reduce exposure to second-hand smoke. The use of the … Read More

Nutrition Month – Week #3 Potential to Prevent and to Heal

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March is Nutrition Month and the theme for 2018 is “ Unlock the Potential of Food”.  Blog #3 is focused on Potential to Prevent/Potential to Heal. Did you know: Almost 80% of premature stroke and heart disease can be prevented through healthy lifestyle behaviours and certain diets are linked with slowing the rate of cognitive decline? One third of cancers … Read More

Nutrition Month Week #2 – Potential to Discover: Kids in the Kitchen

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During Nutrition Month and the rest of the year, you have the potential to help children discover the joy of cooking and to help develop healthy habits when shopping.  Teaching children to shop and cook are essential skills that will help them become healthier adults.  A great way to teach children about food is to get them involved in the … Read More