Register free for community forum on healthy eating

Register free for community forum on healthy eating

Here is your opportunity to share your voice and to help create a healthy Chatham-Kent. Take part in the free Healthy Communities Forum Chatham-Kent, which will be held on March 20 to 21, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Club Lentinas at 250 National Road, Chatham. The cost is free and space is limited. Priority will be given to […]

Ontario law will ban minors from tanning salons

Ontario law will ban minors from tanning salons

By Greg Holden The Ontario government is proposing legislation to ban those under 18 from using tanning beds. The legislation would: Prohibit the sale of tanning services to youth under 18 Require tanning bed operators to ask for identification from anyone who appears under 25 Ban advertising and marketing of tanning services targeted at youth under […]

Are you up-to-date with your immunizations?

Are you up-to-date with your immunizations?

Immunizations and Vaccines — You never outgrow the need, from infancy to adulthood. Immunization is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your children against preventable disease. When you receive a shot your body creates protection from diseases that can cause sickness, disability and even death. Did you know? Vaccines are among the […]

Some services cancelled at hospital for Family Day

Some services cancelled at hospital for Family Day

Some healthcare services offered at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (Chatham & Wallaceburg campuses) will be altered on Monday, February 18 for Family Day. Routine x-rays, ekg, and ultrasounds will not be available on February 18. These departments will be staffed to the needs of in-patients and emergencies. Ambulatory care services, out-patient rehabilitation services, out-patient laboratory services, […]

Wellness councils help school kids stay healthy

Wellness councils help school kids stay healthy

Do you know if your child’s school has a wellness council? A school wellness council is a group of students who plan activities to keep their peers happy and healthy. This group may go by another name, such as a safe school committee or anti-bullying group. The goal of these groups is to promote health in all areas […]

Syphilis is back

Syphilis is back

Did you think this was an illness of the past?  In fact, a few years ago this very well could have been the case. In 1997, syphilis was on the brink of elimination. However, the rates have been increasing over the past years and the rate is now thought to be double that of 1997. […]

Building healthy babies

Building healthy babies

Are you having a baby? The building healthy babies program would like to help your baby be born at a healthy weight. I recently had the opportunity to interview the women who are attending this fantastic group in Chatham to ask them what they like best about the building healthy babies program. Here are a few of their answers: […]

Food safety for seniors

Food safety for seniors

Health Canada is reminding Canadians of the importance of food safety for older adults. As we age, it becomes harder for our immune systems to fight off harmful bacteria. This means that older adults can come down with a serious illness if they eat contaminated food. For this reason, it is very important for older […]

Goal surpassed for new organ donors

Goal surpassed for new organ donors

Last month, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) asked its staff, physicians and volunteers, community partners and the Chatham-Kent community to register their consent to be an organ and tissue donor during the Gift of Eight Movement which ends at the end of March 2013. Three weeks after the announcement the goal of 250 was met. Today over 300 […]