The Community Runs for St. John’s Anglican Church

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A few records were made last Saturday at the 13th Cavan Hills Country Run, organized and executed by the St. John’s Anglican Outreach Committee.  The best record set was the amount raised- $6,738.85.  The less desirable record was the temperature, at 31C.  The event has been held under a wide … Continue reading

Peterborough Public Health Launches Online Portal for Immunization Record Updates

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Peterborough Public Health is pleased to announce a new online portal that residents can use to keep immunization records updated for themselves and family members.  This new online system makes it easy to access and update immunization records, including parents and guardians. The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care … Continue reading

Local Mental Health Challenges Continue

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  Despite a growing awareness about mental health thanks to high profile media programs and a wide variety of educational programs offered in schools, corporations and to the public at large, the problem seems to be growing.  The recently released Vital Signs report on the Greater Peterborough area reports that … Continue reading

Slightly smaller Ontario apple crop volume this year, but quality will be excellent

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Ontario’s apple crop volume will be slightly lower this year compared to last, but the fruit will be larger, juicier, and more colourful. That’s what Ontario’s apple growers are seeing as they prepare to harvest the 2017 crop along the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Georgian … Continue reading

Is Screen Time Safe for Young Children?

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This summer brought a house full of young grandchildren and the discovery that the television was magical in keeping little ones quiet while others still slept. However, each time I reached for the remote, tiny pangs of guilt stirred in my chest: how safe is screen time for young children? … Continue reading

Montessori Principals Can Restore Dignity to Dementia Patients

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Centennial Place has a high concentration of residents suffering from various stages of dementia.  An umbrella term, dementia includes a number of different types of diseases that affect the brain, each with its own set of memory impairment symptoms, including Alzheimer’s, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia or Frontotemporal disease.  These … Continue reading

Bumble Bee Count Calls for Volunteer Census-takers

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In response to global concerns about declines in pollinator biodiversity, Friends of the Earth is launching its second “Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count” and offering downloadable “Census Cards” to help identify the bees. The campaign asks people to look for and take photos of bumble bees and to upload the … Continue reading

Don’t be fooled by furry critters in the wild

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What do bats, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, rabbits and foxes have in common? They live in our natural environment and they all have bitten humans in the last year, according to our records at Peterborough Public Health. Animal bites are reportable to public health and we follow up closely to make … Continue reading

Look and Feel Younger with the Right Yoga Moves

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Attempts to look younger usually focus on skin tone, wrinkles and obvious evidence of aging above the neck, and perhaps the sight of sagging skin under the arms.  But no matter how good we look in the mirror, once we start to move, our secret is out, because the most … Continue reading

Not all water systems are created equally

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Drinking water, instead of calorie-dense sugar-sweetened or caffeinated beverages, is the healthiest choice for children and adults alike. For those living on Peterborough’s municipal water system, there’s even the added benefit of fluoride for stronger teeth, a great value for those who can’t afford to see a dentist. And turning … Continue reading

Thank you, Kimberley Payne

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For many years, Kim Payne has written a column offering practical, common sense advice to help readers keep fit and motivated to pursue a healthy lifestyle. As a member of the Inscribe Christian Writer’s Fellowship, she combines her commitment to physical fitness with a desire to improve spiritual health through … Continue reading

East Central Therapy Dogs

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There is something very soothing about interacting with a gentle, friendly pet.   Scientific evidence has demonstrated both physical benefits as well as emotional ones from animal interaction which can provide comfort and reduce anxiety. East Central Therapy Dogs volunteers take their approachable and affectionate dogs to institutions around the community … Continue reading

What is Canada’s most significant scientific breakthrough?

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With Canada Day around the corner we’ve been debating this question. It’s a tough one to answer. During the 150 years since Confederation, we’ve made some remarkable discoveries. The invention of the pacemaker in the 1950s, pioneered by John Hopps in collaboration with Wilfred Bigelow and John Callaghan stands out. … Continue reading

A Higher Minimum Wage Improves Public Health and the Economy

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After months of consulting, the provincial government has introduced a bill to amend existing employment and labour laws that address several issues like pay equity for part-time and temporary workers, scheduling rules and better enforcement of the laws.  Also included in these changes is an increase to the minimum wage … Continue reading

Paying it Forward a Fitting Way to Remember

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The tone of the message was ideally targeted to the audience of St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School students last Friday morning. Dressed in a tee shirt and ball cap, the thirty-something speaker told a personal story of loss and recovery using the students’ own language, sprinkled with a healthy dose … Continue reading

Be Prepared So the Pandemic Flu Virus Doesn’t Become Your Worst Nightmare

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A quick scan of the planet today reveals at least six novel influenza strains infecting humans at the moment, as well as an outbreak in Saudi Arabia of “MERS-CoV”, a relative of the SARS coronavirus. Wherever there is life, there are mutating viruses, often starting their journeys in animals and … Continue reading

Healthy Living – Bad News for Two Fad Diets

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The past two months saw an evidence-based takedown of two popular fad diets. The first was intermittent fasting, or IF. IF has been proclaimed to be an easy way to cut calories and train your body to burn more fat and reduce weight. The basic premise of this diet is … Continue reading

Getting Started

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Do you hear the songbirds calling you to come and play outside? Maybe you’re thinking that you’d love to get into the garden, but your knees and hips are feeling stiff. Not to mention your sore back. However, the more sedentary your lifestyle, the stiffer your joints will become. Regular … Continue reading