Food Charters: Designing Our Own Local Food System

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There’s been a lot in the news lately about local food and farming and so last week’s celebrations for Ontario’s fifth annual Local Food Week seems perfectly timed to promote the good things that are grown, made and harvested right here in Peterborough and in Ontario.  I am hoping that … Continue reading

Healthy Living – The Hunger Winter

Healthy Living – The Hunger Winter
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Scientific experiments typically start with a question.  Perhaps something like, “I wonder if intervention A will lead to effect B?” This initial conversation leads to brainstorming sessions on how to implement the intervention, and which methods to employ to capture the effect. However, there are many questions about human physiology … Continue reading

Millbrook Entrepreneur Launches Online Camping Website- Pitched

Millbrook Entrepreneur Launches Online Camping Website- Pitched
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Growing up in England, Olaf Dunn was an avid camper and outdoor enthusiast.  His family spent vacations touring all around Europe with a camper staying in a variety of locations including rural and remote private campgrounds as well as some ‘wild camping’ locations where permitted.  He moved to Canada in … Continue reading

Public Health Issues in the Provincial Election

Public Health Issues in the Provincial Election
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With a provincial election in the air, no doubt health care funding will get loads of that air time. That’s not the case for public health: it usually takes a crisis like SARS or Walkerton to grab the public’s attention and propel us onto the political radar screen. In this … Continue reading

Cavan Monaghan Emergency Staff Equipped with Naloxone

Cavan Monaghan Emergency Staff Equipped with Naloxone
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At the April 3rd Council meeting, Fire Chief Bill Balfour requested approval to secure emergency kits of Naloxone used to treat opioid overdoses.  The request was prompted by a letter from the office of the Fire Marshal which outlined the expansion of the Ontario Naloxone Program to police and fire … Continue reading

Check in on Your Mental Health

Check in on Your Mental Health
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This May 7-13 is the 67th Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) week. Since 1951, CMHA Mental Health Week has been raising awareness to end stigma associated with mental illness by making this a “mental illness awareness week.”   It provides an opportunity to take a closer look at ways to maintain … Continue reading

Music Therapy Reaches Residents at a Fundamental Level

Music Therapy Reaches Residents at a Fundamental Level
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  Centennial Place residents are fortunate to receive regular visits from an enthusiastic young man delivering a special form of therapy.  Luke Lee Burton leads group and individual sessions of Music Therapy for residents every other week.  He brings with him extensive training as a musician and therapist, armed with … Continue reading

Community Care Hosts Breast Health Presentation

Community Care Hosts Breast Health Presentation
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  Last week two staff members from Peterborough Regional Health Centres’ Breast Assessment Centre came to Millbrook to discuss breast health.  This hospital department offers complete breast care services, from screening through a range of diagnostic tools and patient support.  In the event of a breast cancer diagnosis, their staff … Continue reading

Self-Management Workshops Help Patients and Caregivers Address Chronic Health Issues

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  The Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) which provides health care to our region, launched a series of six self-management workshops in 2016 designed by Stanford University to empower individuals with chronic health issues with the ability to take back a small measure of control over their physical … Continue reading

It’s Time to Erase the Difference in Funding for Mental Health Care

It’s Time to Erase the Difference in Funding for Mental Health Care
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It seems that the message that mental health is a serious and pervasive issue across the country is beginning to be heard, and that is good news.  It’s hard to address a problem you don’t recognize.  We’ve heard the statistics that one in five in Ontario will experience a mental … Continue reading

For Colonic Cleansing, it’s Buyer Beware

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In Thunder Bay, my public health colleagues have warned customers of two colonic cleansing locations to get tested for hepatitis B and C – infections that can be transmitted when instruments are not disinfected properly. But this warning, and the media investigations into this practice of instilling large quantities of … Continue reading

Life Labs to Move to Municipal Office

Life Labs to Move to Municipal Office
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In August, 2015, the medical testing and services company LifeLabs established an office and opened their doors to Township residents. They set up shop on the 2nd floor of the Old Millbrook School on Dufferin Street, Millbrook, in a room equipped with a sink and potable water adjacent to washroom … Continue reading

Planning a trip? Peterborough Public Health is Here to Help You Stay Safe

Planning a trip? Peterborough Public Health is Here to Help You Stay Safe
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Walking barefoot in the sand may be a liberating experience here in the Kawarthas, but beware of parasites if that beach is somewhere in the tropics. Recent headlines about tourists to the Dominican Republic who contracted larva migrans from their beach exposure serve as reminder that travel carries its risks … Continue reading

Create Your Own Mental Wellness Plan

Create Your Own Mental Wellness Plan
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Among the more popular New Year’s resolutions are ones focused on improving one’s health.  That usually means signing up for an exercise program, joining a gym or adding physical activities to the daily To Do list.  Physical health is not the only health item requiring our attention.  These days we … Continue reading

Behaviour Management Support for Long Term Care

Behaviour Management Support for Long Term Care
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As life expectancy extends, so does the time spent in a less functional body.  Long term care homes like Centennial Place seek ways to help their residents as they adapt to the inevitable physical and mental decline as centenary birthday celebrations become more common. While there are many challenges facing … Continue reading