This largely flat walk takes you along the tree-lined, low-traffic avenues of the Central Experimental Farm and the beautifully maintained old buildings of the Canadian Agriculture & Food Museum. If you go on weekends or mid-afternoons, the Farm will be very quiet. In spring, take in the flowering trees around the farm, the tall corn in the middle of summer, or the beautiful fall colours. It’s like living in the country in the middle of the city. Paid parking is available at the Agriculture & Food Museum.
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With summer in full swing, it’s time for concerts, get-togethers and parties. Partying often involves drinking and other risks, including unprotected sex. Here are some ideas to help you keep yourself safe in the coming months while you enjoy everything that summer has to offer.
When you go out, make sure you plan ahead. Always keep some condoms on hand, and don’t forget to check the expiry date. For access to free condoms, check out the Sexual Health Centre’s Sex It Smartwebsite, where you can order condoms online and have them mailed directly to the address you provide for free.
Condoms are the best way to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STI), but it’s always a good idea to get tested regularly, especially if you have new or multiple partners. STI testing is available onsite at the Sexual Health Centre and satellite clinics. They offer the Get Tested Why Not? Service where you can go online, print off a requisition for a urine test and get tested for Chlamydia and gonorrhea at any lab in Ottawa - all without having to go to the doctor’s office.
Staff from the Sexual Health Centre will be at many community events this summer including the Ottawa Pride Parade, August 24th. If you see the Sexual Health team at an event come and say hi, get free condoms and information as well as other great giveaways!
Tell us what public health issues are important to you! The ‘Have Your Say’ survey is an opportunity for you to provide your input and help ensure the public health needs of our community continue to be met and improved. Your input will inform our 2015-2018 Strategic Priorities, which will set the strategic direction for the organization for the next four years.
All data collected through the survey will be anonymous and confidential.
In addition to the results from the ‘Have Your Say’ survey, our recently released State of Ottawa’s Health 2014 report, will also help inform our 2015-2018 Strategic Priorities. This report provides a snapshot of the health of Ottawa’s population, and will help us and our community partners identify local public health issues.
Growing up in a digital age I was constantly plugged-in, blasting music through my yellow walkman, and attending as many concerts and festivals as I could. I once recall lending my CD walkman to a friend. She put on the headphones and then said, “Wow, that is way too loud. How do you turn it down?” For some reason, that comment ‘stuck’ and from then on, I would make a conscious effort to turn down the volume since I had been listening to music way too loud for way too long.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Canada. Most cases are caused by over-exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or indoor tanning beds. There is no such thing as a safe tan - a tan is actually a sign of skin damage. Research has shown that as little as one sunburn as a child increases your risk of skin cancer later in life.
It is important to check your skin regularly as most skin cancers when spotted early can be successfully treated. When checking for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, you should look for:
Ask someone to check those “hard-to-see” places on your back, behind the neck, ears and legs. If you have any doubts about what you find or are simply unsure about what to look for, ask your health care provider.
This summer, stay protected by reducing your time in the sun. Remember that shade, protective clothing, hats and sunglasses offer the best protection and always remember to use sunscreen.
Enjoy the skin you’re in – no tan required.
June 2 - 8 is Sun Safety Awareness Week:
On the occasion of World No-Tobacco Day, Stéphane Giguère, CEO of Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) was on hand to affix new signage to mark the start of the OCH’s no-smoking policy. There are 102 Community Housing providers in Ontario that have a no-smoking policy including Niagara Regional Housing, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, Grey County & Owen Sound Housing Corporation & the Cochrane District Social Services Administration and Waterloo Regional Housing.
Recent surveys have shown that the majority of tenants support no‐smoking policies. The Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation recently surveyed its tenants living at Beaver Barracks (100% smoke‐free, including the property), and an impressive 98% of respondents indicated that they support the policy.
In addition, no-smoking policies in multi-unit dwellings offer cleaner, healthier indoor air for all residents and reduce the cost of cleaning and maintenance for owners and managers. Ottawa Public Health works with landlords and tenants to increase the availability of smoke-free housing in multi-unit dwellings. Often landlords do not know that no-smoking policies are legal, enforceable & non‐discriminatory. They do not prohibit people who smoke from renting accommodations, nor do they force tenants to quit smoking, but they do reduce the risk of fire and and protect neighbouring tenants from the harmful effects of exposure to second-hand smoke.
For more information about smoke-free policy development or for information on quit smoking programs, visit ottawa.ca/QuitSmoking or call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with OPH on Facebook, Twitter (@ottawahealth) or Pinterest.