Making Health Happen -
Weekly, the Public Health Unit submits
articles to numerous newspapers in Grey and Bruce Counties under the banner
Making Health Happen. Public health nurses and public health inspectors
write the articles, covering public health issues of interest to the general
Planning – Car Kit
December 27, 2005
A winter emergency car kit can prevent a bad ice storm or snowstorm from
turning into a crisis situation. Winter storms and cold kill more than
100 Canadians every year, more than the total number of people killed by
hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, lightning and extreme heat combined.
Christmas Gifts for Older Adults
December 20, 2005
Finding meaningful gifts for older adults can be a challenge. Consider
gifts that help keep them safe and independent.
Where Are Your Choices Taking
December 13, 2005
Ever wish you could go back in time? Have you ever made a decision that
you later regretted? Making good choices can be hard; it becomes even
harder when alcohol or other drugs cloud decisions.
Hurried Families During the Holidays
December 6, 2005
The holiday season is a time of tradition and good cheer, but the busy
pace can lead to children’s over-excitement. What can you do? Try these
tips to help your family slow down and enjoy the spirit of the season.
Power Failure &
November 29, 2005
Winter storms create potential for power failures especially in rural
areas. If power goes out an immediate concern should be the safety of
refrigerated or frozen foods.
Colds and Influenza… How do I tell the
November 22, 2005
With all the talk about viruses and flu shots, it’s easy to confuse
influenza and the common cold.
Colds and influenza (flu for short) are both respiratory infections
caused by viruses but the differences are significant.
HIV/AIDS: What Can
You Do to Change the World?
November 15, 2005
The Grey Bruce Health Unit in partnership with the M”Wikwedong Native
Cultural Resource Centre and the AIDS Committee of Guelph examines the
world-wide AIDS pandemic with a screening of the documentary film A
Closer Walk. Narrated by actors Glenn Close and Will Smith, A Closer
Walk is the first film to depict humankind’s confrontation with the
global AIDS pandemic.
Young Children Against Flu Is The Best Protection
November 8, 2005
By now, Ontarians have become very familiar with the free flu shot
program, which is available to those aged six-months or older who live,
work or attend school in Ontario.
Booster Seat Safety
November 1, 2005
As of 2004, only 28% of Canadian children age four to nine regularly
used booster seats. To protect these children, new legislation is now in
effect that requires booster seats for children who are too big for a
child car seat but too small to be protected by a seat belt.
Tricks to Prevent Scary Teeth
October 25, 2005
Halloween can be a frightening time for parents monitoring the amount of
candy their children eat, but the candy trick-or-treaters collect on
Halloween doesn’t have to result in tooth decay.
The Adolescent Body, Mind & Soul
October 18, 2005
Parents, educators and those who work closely with teens can find it
difficult to – STRIKE A BALANCE between empowering youth, and at the
same time establishing appropriate boundaries. This theme is explored in
the 9th Annual Adolescent Workshop “Nurturing the Adolescent Body, Mind
Paying Down Your
October 11, 2005
Most of us would agree that good health is more valuable than anything
else. However many of us struggle to meet the demands of busy work and
personal lives and ignore our health. There are some simple steps you
can take to enhance your health and incorporate health practices into
your everyday life and into your workplace:
October 4, 2005
Providing a strong foundation for literacy for a child is the
cornerstone of ensuring the child’s educational success in the future.
Is it possible to nurture a child’s literacy skills?
RABIES: Protecting Your Pets and
Yourself Against Rabies
September 27, 2005
Rabies is a deadly disease of the central nervous system that affects
humans and other mammals. Grey and Bruce counties continue to
experience one of the highest incidences of rabies in the province of
Water – Pure and
September 20, 2005
What do you need to survive? Food, computer, ipod, special friend or car
are all items that might be named depending on the age of the
respondent. However, all of us would certainly die if we were deprived
of water for longer than a few days.
September 13, 2005
Following a few simple guidelines will protect you and extend the life
of your septic system. Daily household actions can have lasting and
costly effects on the life and health of your septic system and leach
field and the environment around you.
Working Together To Prevent
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
September 6, 2005
The effects from alcohol related birth defects are life-long and
therefore support for families and caregivers of a child with FASD are
extremely important. There is no cure for FASD and the key to treatment
is early diagnosis and support for families dealing with FASD children.
August 30, 2005
Public Health and the communities that we serve are increasingly aware
of the risk of a world wide communicable disease pandemic. Ontario
experienced the SARS outbreak in 2002, which heightened our awareness.
Evidence shows that emergency plans improve our ability to respond.
Back to School
Immunization: Is Your Child Protected?
August 23, 2005
“Back to school” means a flurry of activity and new schedules. It’s
also a time to check your child’s immunization status. Has everyone in
your family received all of their needles on time according to their
age? Does anyone need a booster?
The Good Food Box
August 16, 2005
After working with the Grey-Bruce Good Food Box program for over a year,
I am amazed by the number of people who have not yet heard of this
wonderful opportunity, or who do not understand how it works. The Good
Food Box program aims to make fresh produce easy and affordable for
Alcohol and Boating:
Risky Business in More Ways than One
August 9, 2005
Boating season is upon us in Grey and Bruce Counties. Boats can offer
many opportunities for fun with family and friends, but boating becomes
dangerous when alcohol is put into the mix.
Breastfeeding: Good for the Community
August 2, 2005
Can you think of ten reasons why breastfeeding is good for your baby and
family? How about why breastfeeding is good for the community? Infant
feeding is a personal or family choice, and many people are not aware of
the ways in which breastfeeding benefits the community.
Fight the Bite! Protect
Yourself Against West Nile Virus Infection
July 26, 2005
Warm weather has arrived and with it those pesky mosquitoes! When
dealing with West Nile Virus, prevention is your best defence. The
chance of a person becoming infected from a single mosquito bite remains
quite low, but you can reduce that risk by following some simple steps.
Hot Tubs / Spas - Water
Quality and Safety
July 19, 2005
Don't lose friends over your hot tub! If you operate a hot tub, do not
expose your family and friends to conditions that can result in mild to
serious skin infection or possible respiratory illness.
July 12, 2005
How often is your child at the playground in the summer? It is important
to make sure children stay safe. More than 700 children will be
hospitalized for serious injuries after falling from playground
equipment this summer.
July 5, 2005
Are you dealing with bedtime challenges? Many children protest going to
bed, but the following tips may help improve or eliminate the tug-of-war
that often accompanies bedtime.
Cavities in a Can
June 28, 2005
Dental decay is on the rise among children and adolescents, and a major
contributing factor is their increased consumption of pop. However, the
high amount of sugar in soft drinks isn’t the only contributing factor
for checking child’s development is 18 months of age
June 21, 2005
As the parent of an 18-month-old, you’re enjoying a child who is
becoming more mobile and vocal. All children develop at a different
pace and if you wonder about your toddler, check his or her skills with
a developmental screen.
Fight the Bite! Reduce
Mosquitoes Around Your Home
June 14, 2005
Summer is here and so are the mosquitoes! Not only are mosquitoes a
nuisance but they can also transmit West Nile Virus. Here are some tips
to help keep mosquitoes away from your backyard.
Sun Safety for Everyone
June 7, 2005
Since 1990, the number of skin cancer cases has increased by
two-thirds. To stay safe in the sun the Canadian Dermatology
Association has these seven tips for sun protection.
Key to Butting Out
For Good – Professionals Can Help
May 31, 2005
As efforts to reduce tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke are
gaining momentum, society’s tolerance for smoking is diminishing.
However, smokers may feel caught between their addiction and their
desire to feel better and improve the quality of their life.
Public Health GIS
May 24, 2005
Within Grey and Bruce counties there are a number of organizations
involved, either directly or indirectly, with improving and maintaining
the health of our communities. Geographic information system development
within our region creates the potential for improved communications.
“Don’t Be Faked Out By Fake ID”
May 17, 2005
Today’s youth are faced with many choices and challenges as they make
their way to adulthood. An issue that has been identified in the
community is youth under the age of 19 using fake identification (ID) to
buy alcohol and cigarettes.
Get In Gear for the
May 10, 2005
Are you finding it difficult to fit activity into your day? We know that
we need more activity, but how do we fit it into our busy schedules? The
3rd Annual Bike/Walk Challenge is a great opportunity to change your
behaviour and be healthier. You could even win some great prizes by just
walking or biking to work.
Preparedness Week: May 1 - 7, 2005
May 3, 2005
Each year, thousands of Canadian families face emergency situations that
could change their lives. An emergency situation can happen anywhere and
at anytime, so we all need to be prepared to deal with these situations
at the personal, community, provincial, and federal levels.
Is Manure Safe for
April 26, 2005
Publicity about illnesses due to E.coli
0157:H7 has made people more aware of the potential risk of
foodborne illness from manure contamination. If you use fresh
manure in the garden, there is a small risk that pathogens may
contaminate garden vegetables.
and Sewage Systems
April 19, 2005
The following information could be of interest to you if your home or
business is serviced by a private sewage system, such as a septic tank
system, and you are now planning an addition or renovation.
Pregnancy is a Sad Reality
April 12, 2005
Pregnancy is intended to be a time of great joy and anticipation. New
life is growing and developing, and parents are preparing for all of the
changes that this new baby will bring. For up to one in five women,
however, the experience of pregnancy precipitates the life-altering
experience of intimate partner abuse. It is a sad reality.
Turning Off The Screens
– No Hockey Playoffs This Year!
April 5, 2005
Having no NHL playoffs this year has made it easier for kids to Turn Off
The Screens. This annual event for kids’ health, now in its 3rd year,
has had a tough time competing in prior years. Not so this, time with
more than 35 schools and 11 Early Years Centres participating.
March 29, 2005
Consumers are being inundated with products for the home that promise to
protect you and your family from bacteria, viruses and other nastiness
that can make you sick. There is good scientific evidence that
triclosan promotes the emergence of bacteria that are resistant to
antibiotics and, with the continued widespread use of triclosan in the
community, antibiotic resistance is becoming increasingly problematic.
March 22, 2005
Parents hope that their children will grow up to be healthy. Imagine
that your healthy child is active in school sports, has a co-op
placement, works part-time and volunteers. Imagine that your healthy and
active son or daughter comes into contact with meningococcal bacteria
and dies within hours or days of hospitalization.
Food Safety and
March 15, 2005
The safe handling and preparation of food is always important in
preventing food poisonings. However, a power failure can result in
putting our food at risk. Review these tips to prevent food poisoning
during an outage.
Go the Healthy Way… Eat
Well, Live Well and Feel Great!
March 8, 2005
A healthy body weight has a positive impact on overall health and
wellness. It is associated with a decreased risk for chronic diseases
including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
March is Nutrition Month across Canada.
Serial Monogamy Puts Youth
March 1, 2005
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates among Canadian youth remain
unacceptably high. Recent trends show chlamydia rates continue to rise,
the most common reportable STI in Grey-Bruce. Chlamydia rates in
Grey-Bruce were more than four times higher in 2004 compared to 1997.
School Suspensions Due
to Incomplete Immunization Records
February 22, 2005
In the event that an outbreak of any vaccine-preventable disease occurs,
the Public Health Unit must know which students are not protected by
immunization. Failure to submit immunization records to Public Health
could result in students being suspended from school.
Common Courtesy Can
Help Prevent Colds And Flu
February 15, 2005
During cold and influenza season, one person with bad illness etiquette
can make hundreds of others sick. Medical experts suspect that the SARS
epidemic spread to Canada and other countries when a Chinese physician,
unaware he was infected, coughed in a crowded hotel elevator in Hong
Let’s Get Active One
Step at a Time!
February 8, 2005
People need to be active to be healthy. Our modern lifestyle and all of
its conveniences have made us sedentary – and that’s dangerous for our
health. Sitting in front of televisions or computers, riding in cars
for short trips, and using elevators instead of stairs all contribute to
Every BODY needs and
Every BODY deserves Sexual Health Information
February 1, 2005
Just as with cardiovascular health, people need to understand how they
can maximize their sexual and reproductive health and well being.
According to the Council of Ministries of Education, knowledge about
sexual health has declined in Canada since 1989. It's time we changed
Can You Still
Breastfeed When You Return to Work or School?
January 25, 2005
Many breastfeeding mothers are surprised to learn that breastfeeding
does not have to end upon their return to work or school.
Vaccination for Children and Youth
January 18, 2005
A vaccine that protects children and youth against meningitis serogroup
C is now available free of charge to certain age groups in Ontario. A
resurgence of meningitis C in Canada beginning in 2000 makes this
vaccination an important consideration for parents.
The Truth About
January 11, 2005
There are many myths that surround the issue of insufficient milk supply
– it is time to dispel such myths and uncover the truth.
Get Out of the Cold and
into a Mustang!
January 4, 2005
If you are tired of being left out in the cold because you smoke then
the Ontario Quit Smoking 2005 Contest is a great incentive to help you
kick the habit. How about revving up the New Year in a 2005 Ford