Myth! This widely held belief has been debunked. This 2008 article from The Guardian explains why: Scientists debunk the myth that you lose most heat through your head.
Despite the old saying, the reality is it’s still very cold in Ottawa, and a Frostbite Advisory is in effect until December 14th. For more cold weather tips visit: ottawa.ca/health
The holiday period around Christmas and New Year’s can be a difficult time for many people. It may highlight what many don’t have in their lives, whether it be an abundance of food, money or close family relationships. Some people may feel pressured to buy gifts or prepare expensive and elaborate meals when they can barely afford to make ends meet. Others may feel isolated or lonely. These feelings can have negative effects on our mental and emotional health.
Feeling connected and supported can help boost our mental and emotional health. During the holiday season, there are lots of fun and free seasonal gatherings. Click on the link below for dates and locations.
There are also fun and free educational opportunities, such as visiting a museum at certain times.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and Ottawa Paramedics are reminding residents to take precautions against the cold this winter. Be prepared for winter and lower your risk of frostbite and hypothermia.
The key to staying warm is dressing in layers. Three layers are recommended:
Cover as much exposed skin as possible to prevent frostbite. Mittens or gloves, hats and scarves are very important to protect against heat loss and frostbite. Boots should be warm and preferably waterproof.
Monitor local weather forecasts and storm warnings
On Tuesday June 18th, 2013 Ottawa Public Health hosted the first Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL)Forum. Ten local champions - known as innovators - shared their recipes for success in Ottawa communities to increase their healthy eating habits and active lifestyles.
Did you miss the forum but want to know about what’s happening in some Ottawa communities? Join us each month as some of our innovators share their stories.
This month, Jenna Sudds shares the story of the Kanata Food Cupboard and its Fresh Food Revolution. Read on!
Less than a year ago our Board of Management made the commitment to improve the quality of food offered to those in need in Kanata. We felt it was time to offer our clients a variety of fresh healthy foods – in addition to the standard non-perishable items offered at food banks.
With everyone committed to making this a reality, the Kanata Food Cupboard was reorganized into a grocery store. The result is that people in need are now able to choose the items they would like for their family instead of being given a set hamper of items. There are limits placed on the number and types of items, however, what is great is that clients are given a choice. The feedback received from making this one simple change has been tremendously positive. This new system eliminates the waste of products that were not being used by families.
This past June, the Ottawa Board of Health hosted its first Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Forum at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre. The forum brought together 10 local champions and 7 marketplace contributors to share their “recipes for success” for healthy eating and active living programs and initiatives here in Ottawa. 65 community partners attended the afternoon workshop and more than 100 Ottawa residents joined the fun for the evening session. The forum was a great success filled with positive energy, networking, chatter and inspirational stories and people.
We invite you to read and share our summary report and evaluation of the event and upcoming HEAL-related Ottawa Public Health events.
We will soon be posting a monthly blog featuring some of our HEAL innovators – profiling what they do to make Ottawa and healthier and more active place.
Feeling inspired? Take part in making Ottawa YOUR Ottawa – a place where people can eat well, be active and feel good anytime, anywhere.
November 18, 2013
Medical Officer of Health Verbal Update
Dr. Isra Levy provided members of the Board of Health with an update on Ottawa Public Health (OPH)’s contribution to recent developments at the municipal and provincial levels, such as consultations on provincial legislation regarding menu labelling and advertising to children, and OPH’s letter of support regarding the Draft Ottawa Transportation Master Plan, Draft Ottawa Pedestrian Plan and Draft Ottawa Cycling Plan.
The CCPN, of which OPH is a member, continues to be a champion for tobacco cessation, healthy eating and physical activity, and is a strong advocate for healthy public policy and prevention services. As well, CCPN has demonstrated the ability to leverage partner programmatic and service resources in a meaningful, efficient and effective way.
OPH has been working with the Poverty and Hunger Working Group, a community-based coalition, to improve food security in Ottawa over the past two years. The working group, which is led by the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres, focuses on increasing access to healthy foods in neighbourhoods with limited availability. In the last year the Poverty and Hunger Working Group has held thirty Good Food Markets, where affordable, nutritious fruits, vegetables and dry goods have been sold to residents in six Ottawa neighbourhoods.
The Board approved the 2014 Budget. Final approval by City Council is scheduled for November 27, 2013. For more information on the City of Ottawa 2014 budget process, please visit: ottawa.ca/budget2014.
For more information
All Board of Health reports, agendas and dispositions are available on ottawa.ca
Over the month of October, Ottawa Public Health and the Academy of Medicine Ottawa conducted the second annual ‘Sock Hop’ campaign.
We asked staff and regular visitors to drop off new and gently used socks and gloves that would be donated to keep some of our most needy residents warm this winter.
Keeping warm seems like such a basic need. We understand, however, that for many reasons, families, children, adults and older adults often go without basic provisions, such as warm socks and warm hands on a cold winter day.
We are hoping that with your help, we can warm some hands, feet and hearts this winter.
Thanks to this act of kindness - many in our community will be able to stay a little warmer and we are grateful for your contributions.
With our best wishes for the upcoming season!
Dr. Isra Levy, Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health and Dawna Ramsey, Executive Director, Academy of Medicine.
Caring for an older relative or spouse can be a very rewarding role, but also a very challenging one. I recall that my mom and I got along really well, but sometimes taking care of her was exhausting, especially since I worked full-time and had two young children.
I shared lots of laughs with her and remember vividly the time we lit 78 candles on her birthday cake and set off the smoke alarm. I also felt guilty and stretched-thin a lot of the time because I did not seem to have enough time for her or my kids.
Looking back, I wish I had known about the help that Ottawa Public Health (OPH) provides to caregivers. It would have helped me a lot.
If you are taking care of an older parent, relative or spouse, these feelings may be familiar to you. Fortunately, there are resources you and the person you are caring for can access. Some of these include:
If you have questions or concerns about caregiver support or would like to obtain a free copy of the “Caring for a Senior?” resource guide, please call 613-580-6744, TTY: 613-580-9656 or email us at email@example.com.
If you are a workplace looking for more information on caregiver support for your employees, please call or email the OPH Workplace Health Line: 613-580-6744, ext. 24197, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author: Linda Cove, Public Health Nurse, Ottawa Public Health
Are you a restaurant owner or operator? We want to hear your thoughts on Ottawa’s new menu labelling pilot project.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Marconi Centre, 1026 Baseline Rd., Ottawa, ON, K2C 0A6
A hot breakfast will be served at 8:30 and followed by the presentation from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Please RSVP to Ann Gregory at email@example.com or 613-594-8700 ext. 103
I truly had mixed feelings about coming back to work after a year of maternity leave. I was ready because I was getting tired of reading the same books and singing the same songs to my baby everyday - I was really looking forward to being once again, challenged on a professional level. All the “mommy friends” I made were also going back to work. However, the thought of having my little guy in daycare for 40 hours a week and having someone else spend more time with him than his own parents was heartbreaking.