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Smokeless Doesnâ€™t Mean Harmless
Dec 03, 2014
When it comes to tobacco, smokeless doesnâ€™t mean harmless. Thatâ€™s the message of Know Whatâ€™s In Your Mouth (knowwhatsinyourmouth.ca), a youth-developed campaign highlighting the dangers of using smokeless tobacco.
Itâ€™s Flu Season in Ontario â€“ Protect Yourself and Your Family â€“ Get the Flu Shot
Nov 05, 2014
Every year around this time we begin to hear a lot about influenza (â€œthe fluâ€) and the need to protect ourselves and our families.
Letâ€™s make health a priority this election
Oct 08, 2014
Some of the most significant impacts on the publicâ€™s health result from decisions made in city and municipal council chambers across Ontario.
Smoke-Free Housing â€“ Healthy, Legal, and In Demand
Sep 24, 2014
While provincial laws provide Ontario residents with extensive protection from secondhand smoke in enclosed public and work places, too many people living in multi-residential buildings are still being involuntarily exposed to secondhand smoke where they live.
High Temperatures Can Pose a Real Risk to Your Health
Aug 13, 2014
One of the expected impacts of climate change in Simcoe Muskoka is an increase in the intensity and frequency of heat warnings.
More people quitting tobacco with practice and support
Aug 06, 2014
People often say that quitting tobacco is the hardest thing they have ever done or tried to do. It can take many attempts before finally becoming tobacco free. But people are quitting every day, and so can you. In our region there are now more people who have quit successfully than there are people who still smoke.
You can reduce cases of foodborne illness
Jul 23, 2014
A foodborne illness (food poisoning) can happen when someone eats food thatâ€™s contaminated with harmful bacteria. Someone may not even realize they have eaten contaminated food â€“ you canâ€™t see, taste or smell these harmful bacteria.
Elect to improve your health
May 22, 2014
We are now less than four weeks away from the vote in the provincial election. This is an ideal time to consider the influence of government policies on your health and the health of your community.
Be Vigilant in Maintaining Good Oral Health, Reduce Risk of Dental Decay
May 07, 2014
It is no secret that I have been an outspoken advocate for good oral health in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. We know from our work checking the teeth of children that Simcoe Muskoka has higher rates of tooth decay than most other areas of the province.
Gaining a healthy amount of weight important during pregnancy
Jan 28, 2014
Most people know that gaining weight is a normal, healthy part of pregnancyâ€“â€“important for both mom-to-be and baby. What many donâ€™t know is that there are recommendations for healthy weight gain in pregnancy that are based on the womanâ€™s Body Mass Index (BMI) before she becomes pregnant.
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