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
Idling – It Gets You
December 27, 2006
It is a myth that vehicles need to idle to warm the engine before
driving. Idling costs money, wears out engines and generates needless
Minute Gifts For Older Adults
December 19, 2007
Looking for a last minute gift for a senior or older adult? Show how
much you really care by giving gifts that encourage safety.
Seasonal Childhood Injury Prevention
December 12, 2006
The holiday season brings fun and excitement for both kids and parents
but, it is not a time to forget childhood safety. The statistics on
injury rates for children show why safety is so important.
Living with HIV
December 5, 2006
Over 40 million people world-wide live with Human Immunodeficiency Virus
(HIV). Thousands more are infected daily. November 24 to December 1
marks Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness week; dedicated to increasing public
awareness about HIV/AIDS.
Tips for Fresh Produce
November 28, 2006
You’ve seen the reports in the news; Salmonella in bean sprouts,
botulism from carrot juice, and spinach with E.coli. In light of these
recent outbreaks, the Health Unit advises some simple precautions to
reduce the risk of foodborne illness related to fresh produce.
Developmental Assets – Building
Blocks for Youth
November 21, 2006
Developmental assets are the positive experiences, opportunities and
personal qualities that all young people need to develop into
responsible, successful and caring individuals.
Alcohol…The Number One Drug of Choice in Grey Bruce
November 14, 2006
Alcohol is the most available and readily used drug in Grey Bruce. It is
as though alcohol has a special status and drinking seems like the
normal thing to do. The message is not lost on our youth.
Immunization: Is It Still Necessary?
November 7, 2006
Few people have seen a case of diphtheria, whooping cough, polio or
measles. Not long ago, parents dreaded these often fatal diseases. The
success of vaccines means today’s parents no longer live with that same
fear. Ironically, some parents now fear the vaccines themselves.
November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month
October 31, 2006
November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month – a month to focus on
preventing violence against women. Think it’s none of your business?
How Much Sugar
Do You Consume In A Day?
October 24, 2006
When choosing a snack, do you think of your teeth? You should because
your teeth are meant to last a lifetime.
Influenza …What is the Difference?
October 17, 2006
All the talk about viruses and flu shots makes it easy to confuse colds
and influenza. Both are respiratory infections caused by viruses but the
differences are significant.
Difference in Your Workplace
October 10, 2006
Canada’s Healthy Workplace Week celebrates what is going on in your
organization and what can be done to make things better. What is working
well in your organization?
Preterm Labour -
A Community Health Issue
October 3, 2006
In Ontario, about 1 in 12 babies are born prematurely. The birth of a
premature infant can have a great impact on both the family caring for
the child as well as the health care system.
RABIES: Have Your Pets
September 26, 2006
Rabies is a fatal disease that attacks the central nervous system of
humans and other warm-blooded mammals. You can do your part to prevent
the spread of this deadly disease.
Safe To Drink Water Directly From A Private Well?
September 19, 2006
There are regulations governing the construction, maintenance and
abandonment of wells, but ultimately homeowners are legally responsible
for their water supply and need to pay close attention to the safety of
their drinking water.
September 12, 2006
If you are the owner of a septic system this math equation applies to
you! There are three good reasons why you should care and maintain
your septic system.
Understanding Children with
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
September 5, 2006
Each year in Canada, 30,000 infants are born suffering the life-altering
effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). As an umbrella term,
FASD describes the range of disabilities that can occur in an individual
whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.
August 29, 2006
“Depending on how widespread the flu pandemic is, our daily routines may
be disrupted. For example, companies may have to close down some of
their operations. Cities may decide to provide essential services only.
Public health officials may cancel public gatherings..."
August 22, 2006
Vaccine or immunization programs are unparallel in preventing diseases.
At the beginning of the 20th century, infectious diseases including
measles, diphtheria, whooping cough and smallpox were common and the
leading cause of death worldwide.
Global, Act Local
August 15, 2006
Its time we reassess where we are getting our food and what price we are
willing to pay for sustainable choices. Here are three things you can do
to support local agriculture.
A Hangover Is The Least
Of Your Worries!
August 8, 2006
Most people know drinking too much alcohol leads to some unwelcome
symptoms the next day. But a hangover’s trademark headache, upset
stomach and fatigue may be the least of your worries.
Breastfeeding - Anytime, Anywhere
August 1, 2006
“You are making my customers uncomfortable,” said the waitress, “would
you like a more comfortable place to feed your baby?” Mary was
just starting to breastfeed her baby at the local coffee shop..."
Holidays and Hand Washing
July 25, 2006
Although nothing can replace the effectiveness of warm water, soap, and
paper towels for hand washing, sometimes attending summertime activities
means that fully equipped washrooms are not close by. This makes it
especially challenging with a child in tow whose dire need for a well
equipped bathroom may appear entirely without notice!
Hot Tub and Spa Safety
July 18, 2006
We are seeing a large increase in number of hot tubs and spas installed
in homes and backyards in the recent years. We generally associate spas
and hot tubs with fun and relaxation but there are a number of potential
health and safety issues users need to know. Proper care and maintenance
greatly reduces the potential of becoming ill from your hot tub.
Food Safety on the
July 11, 2006
Whatever you are cooking up on the grill this summer it’s important to
prevent foodborne illness. Here are some tips.
July 4, 2006
Preterm birth is an important health concern as 1 in 12 babies in
Ontario are born prematurely. Preterm labour is labour beginning before
37 weeks gestation. Premature babies are at a higher risk of health
related complications throughout their life.
How About a New
June 27, 2006
With summer here many people are eager to brighten their world with a
fresh coat of paint, whether it is refinishing a favourite piece of
furniture or painting a room. When it comes to good dental health,
there’s another paint to consider – dental sealants.
Sun Safe Summer for
Infants and Children
June 20, 2006
There is nothing better on a hot sunny day than a picnic, hiking or
biking, or an afternoon at the beach. The warm rays of the sun feel good
but too much sun is very dangerous for children.
Repel Mosquitoes around Your Home
June 13, 2006
Summer is here and so too are the mosquitoes! Not only are mosquitoes a
nuisance but they can also transmit disease. Here are ways to keep
mosquitoes away from your home.
Summer-Active To Maximize Your Health
June 6, 2006
Summer is the ideal time to work on those fitness goals Health Canada
states are crucial for optimal health. Exercising for your health
doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated, and it doesn’t have to
involve expensive equipment or joining a club.
In Any Form or Disguise
May 30, 2006
As governments fight back with prevention, treatment and protection
programs, tobacco companies continue to launch new weapons in the form
of products disguised to appear less harmful and more attractive.
Geographic Information System
May 23, 2006
Most of us are familiar with maps as a common tool for presenting and
understanding spatial and geographic information. Geography provides
language and framework for understanding our world.
Drinking… Talk About It
May 16, 2006
Was your teenager out last night? Did they drink alcohol, and if
so, how much? Was it one or two drinks or possibly much more?
The 2005 Ontario Student Drug Use Survey found 62% of all students
reported drinking during the past year.
Gardening – Reward
Yourself, Your Community and Your Planet
May 9, 2006
The earth and its inhabitants are paying a price for the globalization
of our food system. Not only is fresh produce costing more in dollars
and cents but also in the price paid by the planet.
The Air We
May 2, 2006
The word smog evokes images of brownish-yellow haze hanging over cities.
However, smog is not always visible. It is a mixture of air pollutants
that are too small to see. Smog often begins in urban centres, but smog
levels can be just as high or higher in rural areas.
in Your Garden
April 25, 2006
Garden season is soon upon us and so begins the process of fertilizing
and planting. There are risks if using manure as a garden fertilizer.
Tank Maintenance Tips
April 18, 2006
Tips on septic tank maintenance for inside and outside the home.
Turn Off the
Screens Challenge -- Press The Off Button, And Get Moving……!
April 11, 2006
Spring! It’s time for all students in Grey Bruce to press the ‘Off’
button and take the fourth annual Turn off the Screens challenge.
Students will try to live without television, video games and computers
(except for homework use) from April 24 to 28.
April 4, 2006
Every year across Canada, 70 children die and 4,000 suffer serious
injury in motor vehicle crashes. Correct use of child car seats reduces
the risk of injury by up to 75%. Car Seat Safety Checks held throughout
Grey-Bruce last year found more than 80% of car seats not correctly
World TB Day
March 21, 2006
March 24th is World TB Day. The aim is to mobilize
support for the fight against tuberculosis (TB) and raise awareness
about the international health threat presented by TB.
Eat and Learn
March 14, 2006
Ensuring children eat healthy foods and lead healthy lifestyles are
among the most important gifts parents can give their children. A child
well nourished physically, emotionally and spiritually is more likely to
succeed as an adult.
Food Choices Wherever You Go!
March 7, 2006
Making wise food choices wherever you go is not always easy. Recognizing
the need for healthy choices, and the reasons behind them, is finally
causing many places to make positive changes. Here are some of the
reasons as well as a valuable tool to help you make wise food choices
wherever you go.
You, Your Kids
February 28, 2006
Most adults have similar drinking habits to those of their parents. Your
children and teens learn by example from watching you. Here are some
things to think about to help set a good example for your children.
Children: What Parents Need To Know
February 21, 2006
An increasing number of children travel abroad with their parents.
Parents need to be aware of health and safety concerns, especially when
visiting developing countries. Proper preparation and attention to
health issues ensures the trip will be a safe and rewarding experience
for the entire family.
It's Your Choice;
Use Your Voice!
February 14, 2006
Sexual health matters to everyone. Sexual and reproductive health is
core to our identity and vital to overall health and well-being. Sexual
and Reproductive Health Week is an excellent opportunity to reflect on
how we can help foster a sexually healthy generation of individuals and
communities comfortable speaking about and expressing their sexuality.
Beds and Skin Cancer
February 7, 2006
Tanning first became fashionable in the 1930’s and 1940’s when designer
Coco Chanel introduced tanned models for her fashion shows. Today we
need to re-think our belief that tanned skin looks healthy.
January 31, 2006
Alcohol hand washes are the newest rage in hand hygiene. They
effectively reduce the number of germs on hands when hand-washing
facilities are not available. But they are only truly effective if
used properly. Here are some tips.
Whose Job Is It Anyway?
January 24, 2006
Asking whose job it is to be the parent sounds like an easy question,
but the answer is more complicated than you may think.
Meningitis: Our Teenagers
Are At Risk
January 17, 2006
Meningitis is infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. It
spreads through contact with the secretions of the nose and throat of an
infected person. Up to 10% of the adolescent and adult populations are
carriers of the bacteria responsible for this disease.
Children Safe This Winter
January 10, 2006
Skating, skiing, sledding and building snowmen are among our fondest
memories of winter. While these activities are enjoyable, it is
important safety be a part of the season ensuring children have fun and
remain free of injury.
January 3, 2006
Malaria is rare in Canada but may be widespread in areas where you may
be planning to visit. You need more that just your passports, traveler’s
cheques and suitcase if you are traveling outside North America or
Western Europe; you also need travel health information, vaccinations,
and anti-malarial medication.