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A look back at the World Hepatitis Day event in Ottawa on July 25, 2014 at Marion Dewar Plaza.

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If you are barbecuing this summer, remember to have your digital food thermometer ready. Ensure your meat is fully cooked - measure the internal temperature for 15 seconds and refer to the chart below.

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For more information on food safety visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca

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Residents in four Ottawa communities will now have improved access to healthy foods thanks to an innovative new mobile produce bus project. The MarketMobile pilot project will use a chartered OC Transpo bus to bring affordable fruit and vegetables to Ottawa neighbourhoods with limited access to fresh produce. The MarketMobile will visit four communities – Morrison Gardens, Caldwell, Hunt Club East and Vars - on Saturdays on a rotational basis from July 26 until the end of December. The full MarketMobile schedule is available at marketmobileottawa.ca

The MarketMobile is an initiative of the Poverty and Hunger Working Group, in collaboration with multiple public, private and community partners including Ottawa Public Health, the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres, Ottawa Community Housing, Loblaws Rideau and community members.  

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Cycling is a great way to travel, run errands and discover your community. We offer group training courses to children (9 yrs and over), youth and adults. In four hours, a certified instructor will take you through the basics to get your group ready for the road. All you need to qualify for a FREE cycling course is six people.

For your next gathering, why not throw a cycling party on us?

Contact the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 or adoptahelmet@ottawa.ca

Happy cycling!

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.

You might also be interested in: Stroll along the Rideau Canal: 3.32 km

"Whether you are new to boating or a seasoned veteran, two key things to maintain your health on the water are wearing a lifejacket and checking the weather forecast before you go out.

Use this checklist to make sure you can get the most out of each weekend:

  • Check marine forecasts and weather reports, alerts and warnings as weather can change unexpectedly.
  • Boat sober; a clear head allows you to more capably manage changing weather conditions and other emergencies.
  • Provide a lifejacket for each person in the boat. Ensure that it fits and is worn.
  • Make sure passengers stay seated.  Standing puts passengers at risk of getting bounced, falling overboard or causing the boat to capsize.”

To read the full article visit Young at Heart - Ottawa and the Valley’s Newspaper for people over fifty.

Help make the return of baseball in Ottawa accessible for all! On July 21st and 22ndThe Miracle League of Ottawa is asking the city to vote in the TSN/Kraft Celebration Tour for a contribution of $100K toward their fundraising goal.

Helping build the second-ever baseball field and playground for children with disabilities in Canada is as easy as the click of a button! Visit http://www.kraftcelebrationtour.ca/en/ for voting information.

Continue your support on social media! Follow @miraclelgueott, use the hashtag #MiracleWorker and like The Miracle League of Ottawa Facebook Page !

Share this video with your friends, co-workers and family and VOTE on July 21& 22!

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! 

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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.

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Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor and Board of Health member Mathieu Fleury and Regional Supervising Coroner Dr. Louise McNaughton-Filion spoke at the Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition event that took place today at Brittania Beach.