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Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week October 1-7

October 1, 2014 - Families Invited to Annual Record-Breaking “Latch On” Event on October 4 at Galaxy Theatres

This year in celebration of WorlScreen Shot 10-01-14 at 10.08 AMBreastfeeding Week, from October 1-7, 2014, the Peterborough County-City Health Unit together with the Peterborough Breastfeeding Coalition has planned a community event to promote the unparalleled health benefits of breast milk for babies.

On Saturday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m., the Health Unit and the Peterborough Breastfeeding Coalition, are calling on all breastfeeding mothers in the area to set a new world record for simultaneous breastfeeding at the 2014 Breastfeeding Challenge event at Galaxy Theatres.

This event rallies nursing women to “latch on” at 11:00 a.m. local time and be counted toward two new world records, including the most mothers breastfeeding simultaneously at one location, and the most mothers breastfeeding at the same time in a province, territory or state.  Following this, families will be treated to a free movie entitled the ‘Babies’.  This endeavour is part of the 2014 Global Breastfeeding Challenge, an annual international event led by the Quintessence Foundation who will post the results on their website www.babyfriendly.ca .

“It’s important that nursing mothers and their families gather together and celebrate the importance of breastfeeding,” said Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health.  “The longer a baby breastfeeds, the better it is for mom and the child.  Events like this are important so families know the community supports them and that breastfeeding in public is perfectly normal.”

Dr. Pellizzari noted that breastfeeding: provides children with nutritional, emotional, immunological, anti-allergenic, and developmental benefits for as long as a child is breastfed; and has lasting effects even into adulthood.

Breastfed babies have lower rates of otitis media (ear infections), respiratory infectio

 

ns, and gastrointestinal infections (diarrhea).  An analysis of 33 studies examining healthy infants in developed nations showed that formula-fed infants experience three times more severe respiratory illnesses compared with infants who had been exclusively breastfed for four months.  Babies who do not receive breastmilk have an increased likelihood of being hospitalized in the first year of life.  For very premature babies breastmilk is considered medicine and if a mother is unable to breastfeed, donor milk is prescribed as a means of protecting the baby from potentially deadly infections.  Over the long term, children who were breastfed as babies are less likely to be overweight and have lower rates of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Breastfeeding isn’t just good for babies, it also supports maternal health.  Women who breastfeed experience lower rates of breast and ovarian cancers.  In fact, the longer a women breastfeeds, the greater her protection is from ovarian cancer.

For more information about the health benefits of breastfeeding and local breastfeeding supports, visit www.pcchu.ca and under the “My Life & Health” section for Parents and Caregivers, click on “Breastfeeding”.

 

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For further information, please contact:
Dawn Hanes
Public Health Nurse
(705) 743-1000, ext. 289
dhanes@pcchu.ca

 

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National “Shout-Out” for Peterborough’s Access to Recreation Project

October 1, 2014 - Canadian Sport for Life Publishes Feature Article Celebrating Local Access to Recreation Leadership Initiative

The success of Peterborough County and City’s efforts to improve access to recreation for local residents is in the national spotlight following the publication of a feature online article today by Canadian Sport for Life.

“It’s wonderful to see the collaboration and hard work of our nine local townships recognized like this at the national level,” said Janet Dawson, Health Promoter at the Peterborough County-City Health Unit who facilitated the Access to Recreation (ATR) Project.  “Their leadership in creating a Peterborough area-wide policy to improve access to recreation for all residents truly was groundbreaking, and now can be used as a model for other municipalities across Canada.”

The Canadian Sport for Life movement advocates for alignment and collaboration of sport, education, health and recreation sectors as a means to provide quality sport and physical activity opportunities to all Canadians.  In their online feature article entitled “Peterborough County: Changing the Landscape of Municipal Recreation”, it describes how the nine county townships and the city overcame the systemic challenge of working separately and instead developed an overarching policy that improved access to recreation on many fronts.

One of these fronts is the better coordination of how local recreation programming is delivered. An example of this would be that municipalities now have a communication mechanism with other municipalities to plan when recreation and sports programming is offered so that they can attract the most appropriate demographic and avoid duplication.       The policy also helps remove barriers, such as cost and travel time, so that citizens can get the physical activity they need.

Described in the article as an “incredible success”, the workgroup has since formalized to look at other related issues, and now includes other key partners such as the City/County Social Services Department and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport. 

To learn more about access to recreation, please visit:

http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/5702981/access-to-recreation-key-messages-ospapph-pdf-559k?da=y

 

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
(705) 743-1000, ext. 391

 

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Fall Low-Cost Rabies Clinics on September 27 & 28

Sept 18, 2014 – Rabies Shots Available at Vets Across Peterborough City and County

Screen Shot 09-18-14 at 10.03 AMThe Peterborough County-City Health Unit and local veterinarians are teaming up again this fall to provide pet owners with low-cost rabies clinics across Peterborough City and County on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28.

The cost for a rabies shot is only $20 per animal and $20 for a microchip, cash only.  The clinics are for dogs and cats only and they must be restrained.

“Protecting your cat or dog against rabies is not just a good idea, it’s the law,” said Atul Jain, Manager of Inspection Services who oversees the rabies prevention and control program for the Health Unit.  “We hope that the community will take advantage of these low-cost rabies clinics because while it’s rare, when humans develop rabies from infected animals it is almost 100% fatal.” 

Provincial law requires that all cats and dogs over three months of age in Peterborough City and County must be vaccinated for rabies. Vaccinations protect pets from rabies and help protect your family if your pet is bitten by a rabid wild animal. A conviction for not having an animal properly vaccinated carries a $110.00 fine per animal.

Rabies vaccination clinics are taking place at the following locations throughout Peterborough City and County:

 

Location

(rabies vaccine $20 / microchip $20) *Cash Only*

Saturday,

September 27

Sunday,

September 28

Village Animal Hospital
108 Queen Street
Lakefield, ON

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

12 – 2 p.m.

Peterborough Veterinary Services
720 The Kingsway
Peterborough, ON

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

12 – 2 p.m.

Peterborough Pet Hospital
379 Lansdowne St. E.
Peterborough, ON

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

12 – 2 p.m.

Champlain Animal Hospital
2673 Lakefield Road, Hwy. 29
Peterborough, ON

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

12 – 2 p.m.

Peterborough West Animal Hospital
2605 Stewart Line, RR#3
Peterborough, ON

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

12 – 2 p.m.

Parkhill Animal Hospital
1535 Chemong Road
Selwyn, ON

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

12 – 2 p.m.

High Street Animal Hospital
815 High Street, Unit 7E
Peterborough, ON

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

12 – 2 p.m.

 

* Jackson Creek Pet Services will not be participating in this clinic at this time, but is supportive of this endeavour.

September 28, 2014, 12 noon – 3 p.m.

PJ’s Pet Store, (rabies vaccine $20 / microchip $20)

950 Lansdowne St. W., Peterborough, ON

Pet vaccination and the provincial baiting program are still required to keep rabies at bay for the protection of Ontario families.  Rabies is a deadly disease of the central nervous system that affects humans and other mammals. The virus is concentrated in the saliva of a rabid animal and can spread through a bite, cut or scratch, or if the saliva comes in contact with the moist tissues of the mouth, nose or eyes. There is no known treatment for rabies once the symptoms appear.  The disease cannot be treated, but it can be prevented through vaccination.

For further information about rabies prevention and control , including bat rabies, and the upcoming fall clinic schedule, please visit www.pcchu.ca and under the “My Home & Environment” section click on “My Home – Rabies Prevention” or call 705-743-1000.

 

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For further information, please contact:
Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
705-743-1000, ext, 391

 

 

 

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Keeping Serious Diseases At Bay: School-Based Vaccination Clinics Start Sept 22

September 17, 2014 - Parents Reminded to Provide Signed Consent Forms for Children Receiving HPV, Meningococcal and Hepatitis B Immunizations

Local grade 7 and 8 students will be offered free vaccines in schools by the Peterborough County-City Health Unit starting September 22.

Public Health Nurses will be visiting all schools throughout the city and county of Peterborough in the coming weeks to immunize all grade 7 students against hepatitis B and meningococcal disease, and grade 8 girls against HPV. All vaccines offered in school clinics are free of charge, safe and provide protection against these very serious diseases.

“We want to make it easy for parents to protect their kids by offering these vaccination clinics in the schools,” explained Edwina Dusome, Manager of Infectious Disease Programs at the Health Unit.  “Parents often have questions about vaccines so we encourage them to give us a call to discuss, and to seek out credible online sources as well based on good science.”

All grade 7 students will be eligible to receive vaccines to protect them against hepatitis B, a disease that can cause permanent liver damage and cancer, and meningococcal disease, a serious infection of the blood and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Grade 8 girls are entitled to receive the vaccine for protection against HPV, a virus that can lead to genital warts and cervical cancer. 

While all the vaccines are recommended by the Ontario Immunization Schedule, the meningococcal vaccine is now required for students under the Immunization of School Pupils Act.  This vaccine provides coverage against more strains of meningococcal disease than the meningococcal vaccine most children received when they were younger.

Public health nurses will be in schools giving immunizations throughout the fall so parents are strongly encouraged to return the consent forms to the schools so their students can receive the vaccine.  For further information, please call the Health Unit at (705) 743-1000.

To find out when public health nurses will be visiting schools, please visit www.pcchu.ca.

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For further information, please contact:
Brittany Cadence, Communications Supervisor
(705) 743-1000, ext. 391

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Board of Health Meeting Summary – September 10

September 15, 2014 – To view the meeting summary from the Sept 10 meeting of the Board of Health please click the image below:

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