Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor living and the wonderful foods that go with it. However, a few basic precautions will ensure that the fun is not ruined by the arrival of uninvited guests to the party.
Using sunscreen is an important step in protecting you and your family from the sun’s harmfulultraviolet rays (UV). Too much sun can cause skin damage, wrinkles, eye damage, weakened immune system and skin cancer.
The job of stopping outbreaks of diseases like influenza or Norovirus in long-term care facilities and child care centres can seem like a daunting task, but Kyla Cullain and OPH’s Outbreak Management team work diligently and effectively to do so.
Communicable diseases can spread quickly in these facilities – and in 2010, a team of Public Health Nurses and Public Health Inspectors managed more than 230 outbreaks in local facilities. “It’s the city’s most vulnerable people who are affected – seniors, children and those with existing health problems,” says Kyla, a Public Health Nurse.
Each and every father, whether living at home with his child, or in a separate home, has a strong influence on his child. At a local event held recently to celebrate fathers, children were asked to tell us about their dad. ‘A best friend,’ ‘funny,’ ‘loving,’ and ‘awesome’ are only a few of the answers we received from children aged 4 to 6.
For many clients, Rita Pettes and Judy Taylor are the first stop in accessing the health care system: the two Public Health Nurses – OPH ‘s Street Health team – spend most of their week working with clients and staff at four downtown shelters and day programs. Together, with the outreach nurses from the Community Health Centres, the Mission Primary Care Clinic and the Royal Ottawa Centre for Mental Health, they provide vital health services to Ottawa’s most vulnerable population.
Supporting communities that want their parks and playing fields free of cigarettes and tobacco products is the idea behind the Play, Live, Be Tobacco Free campaign. After all, there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, even outdoors – which is why last fall, Heidi McKean, a Public Health Nurse with OPH’s Tobacco Control team, helped organize the installation of voluntary “smoke-free” signs in dozens of Ottawa parks.
When Lise Barette responds to a hoarding call, she sees rooms crammed with clutter, garbage and broken appliances. But above all, she sees a person – often isolated, without family, friends or neighbours to keep an eye on them – who needs help.
Men who are in-tune with their bodies and know the risk factors for common diseases have more control over their health. Cancer and heart disease are the two leading causes of death among men. Here are some tips to help you stay informed.
With prom season right around the corner, youth are going through their checklist to make sure they are all ready for the special day. For some, a visit to a tanning salon is as routine as getting a haircut. A 2007 high school survey of Ontario youth found that seven per cent of girls and 3.8 per cent of boys use tanning beds. By grade 11 and 12, 11 per cent of girls have used indoor tanning.
Why? They believe indoor tanning will improve their appearance. They also think they are getting a ‘safe’ tan and that it will protect them from sunburn. These are dangerous myths. There is no such thing as a safe tan. Sun bed users are exposed to high levels of ultraviolet radiation (UV).
Ottawa Public Health is hosting a Forum -Foods from diverse cultures: Application of food safety principles- to provide an opportunity for Eastern Ontario public health inspectors to network, share environmental health program information and, resources as well as opportunities to participate in educational sessions. In the past such meetings were held on behalf of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (Ontario Branch)
Photo: Audrey Downer, Ottawa Public Health Inspector and Dr. Levy, Ottawa Medical Officer of Health
When: Event took place on Monday, June 6, 2011 in the Council Chambers at Ben Franklin Place, Ottawa, Ontario
With a population that is aging and living longer, individuals may require care and support over a long period of time. The contribution of informal caregivers is vastly underestimated! Surveys have shown family members and friends provide 75 to 85 per cent of the care and support to seniors. Caregivers, whether it is a spouse, a daughter or a neighbor, become an essential link in the health care chain.
Caring for a loved one can be an emotional experience. At times it can be very rewarding, but can be frustrating and tiring as well. Seniors choosing to remain in their own home can often become quite frail and may not be able to do the day-to-day activities required to maintain their homes or care for themselves.
Summer is here and it is time to enjoy being outdoors in Ottawa! If you are riding your bike to get to work or to simply have fun, make sure you protect your head and brain by wearing a helmet that fits properly.