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  • Household food insecurity is rooted in poverty

    Nov 30, 2016

    Food or school supplies? Bus fare or winter boots? Imagine month after month not having enough money to put healthy food on your family’s table and to pay for rent and other basics like clothing, school supplies and phone bills.
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  • Know your favourite eatery: How you can find food inspection results

    Nov 15, 2016

    Foodborne illness—the term food poisoning is sometimes used—is caused by poor handling of food, allowing the growth of bacteria harmful to the digestive system.
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  • Celebrating National Breastfeeding Week in Simcoe Muskoka

    Oct 04, 2016

    October 1-7 is National Breastfeeding Week and there is a lot to celebrate in Simcoe Muskoka.
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  • Is the threat of rabies returning?

    Sep 30, 2016

    In spite of Ontario’s multi-faceted campaign of education, pet vaccination and distribution of vaccine-filled baits in the wild for foxes, raccoons and skunks, rabies cases continue to appear and pose a threat to people and animals.
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  • Students and the immunization schedule

    Sep 16, 2016

    Now that the dust has settled from the back-to-school scramble, parents are reminded of the need to ensure their school-aged children have their immunizations up to date.
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  • Safety critical to active transportation

    Aug 15, 2016

    Being physically active is essential to good health, and one of the easiest ways to be get moving on a regular basis is to use active transportation to get places you’re already going.
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  • Safer Summer Activity

    Jun 28, 2016

    The warm, inviting weather of summer creates an ideal opportunity for physical activity, such as hiking, cycling or enjoying time in a park alone or with friends and family. Beyond the benefits of physical activity, time spent in green space can improve people’s health and mental wellbeing. Research is showing the positive relationship between time in green space (parks, trails, gardens, playing fields, school yards, wooded areas, and other natural areas) and people’s health, both for children and adults.
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  • Next steps to reduce use of tobacco

    May 17, 2016

    Normally in public health we do not speculate about the outcome of an imaginary situation. Sometimes, though, it becomes irresistible to consider what might be prevented if certain unhealthy behaviours were eradicated.
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  • We can all minimize exposure to lead

    May 04, 2016

    International media coverage of Flint, Michigan’s crisis with lead in its drinking water underscores the importance of monitoring and protecting our drinking water. Ontario’s drinking water still remains among the best protected in the world, but lead can still be found in some metal taps, interior plumbing, or the pipe connecting a house to the main water system.
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  • Important changes to publicly funded oral health care

    Apr 18, 2016

    Visiting a dentist regularly is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your overall health.
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  • Mould in the home

    Apr 04, 2016

    With receding snow and spring weather approaching, mould spores become mobile in the air. Spores may enter a home through an open window or door during spring cleaning and if the right conditions are present, the spores can lead to mould growth.
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  • What have your hands touched today?

    Mar 03, 2016

    Our hands are a highway for the spread of illness. It can start at the grocer: maybe with a parent changing an infant’s diaper or someone sneezing into an open hand.
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  • Does economic gain trump health when it comes to alcohol sales?

    Feb 24, 2016

    We appreciate the actions of government to support local industries, and to stimulate the economy in challenging times. But a troublesome area of expansion is the alcohol industry, as new policies permit wider and easier access to alcohol products.
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  • Prescription painkillers: deadly when misused

    Feb 02, 2016

    In Ontario, you now stand a greater chance of dying from a prescription painkiller overdose than you do from a car crash. That’s the sobering reality we face from the epidemic level of painkiller misuse.
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