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Private Drinking Water

Spring-melt means lots of surface water and high groundwater that can pollute private wells.

Anyone using a private drinking water system should have their water tested this time of year.

Check with Public Health to have your drinking water tested at no charge.

April is Daffodil Month

April is Daffodil Month

The daffodil is a symbol of the strength and courage of those who will not give up the fight against cancer.

We ask you to reflect upon the thousands of people who are living with cancer and to remember those who have died.

The choices you make can help reduce your risk of cancer.

  • Be a non-smoker and avoid tobacco smoke.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Be physically active every day.
  • Stay at a healthy weight.
  • Limit alcohol use.
Public Assistance Request
Release Date: April 15, 2014
The Grey Bruce Health Unit is seeking assistance from the public in finding the owner of a dog involved in a biting incident that occurred in Walkerton. On the morning of Friday, April 11, a girl walking to school near the corner of Hinks Street and Johnstone Blvd. was bitten by a dog being walked by a man. The man continued walking. The dog is described as medium-sized, mixed breed, with black and white markings.

Are you protected against measles?
Release Date: April 3, 2014
Measles activity continues in Ontario, with 11 cases reported since the beginning of the year. The initial five cases were in travelers to Thailand, Europe and the Philippines, but there has been spread from these cases. While the majority of cases have not been immunized, a few cases have occurred in partially or fully immunized persons. Measles is also occurring in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. To date, no cases have been reported in Grey Bruce.

Time to Get Your Water Tested
Release Date: April 1, 2014
With the arrival of spring, the warmer weather can bring spring-melt and flooding. Lots of surface water and high groundwater can foul private wells and drinking water systems. With that in mind, the Grey Bruce Health Unit advises anyone using a private drinking water system to have their water tested.

First Visit by First Birthday
Release Date: March 31, 2014
First Visit by First Birthday - the importance of early and regular visits to the dentist is the message for Oral Health Month (April). Parents should make sure infants see a dentist by their first birthday, even before they have all of their teeth. This starts a child on a life-long path to a healthy smile.

March is Nutrition Month - Simply Cook and Enjoy!
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Do you plan meals ahead of time? Do you make meals with new and exciting ingredients? Do you cook with your children? March is Nutrition Month, the perfect time to be inspired in the kitchen! Registered dietitians across the country support cooking basics and passing on of these skills to others. Everyone can join in by downloading Dietitians of Canada’s free apps Cookspiration and eaTipster to get tips and recipe ideas.

Random-acts-of-kindness replaces Neknominations
Release Date: March 3, 2014
These high-risk nominations are being recognized for the real danger they pose and are being replaced with raknominations, which are postings of “random-acts-of-kindness” with nominations or challenges for others to do the same. Similar to “pay it forward”, the idea is gaining momentum. People are posting videos showing charitable donations and other good deeds as a way to trigger a chain reaction of kindness.

Health Unit receives Accreditation with Exemplary Standing
Release Date: March 3, 2014
Accreditation Canada has updated the Grey Bruce Health Unit to Accredited with Exemplary Standing.  Achieving Accreditation Canada’s highest status comes after a review of additional evidence put forward as a follow-up to the Accredited with Commendation standing attained last September.

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