May 31st is World No Tobacco Day
Media Release: World No Tobacco Day Goes Plain
Rabies Clinic - Saturday, May 28th, 2016
- Need to get your cat or dog vaccinated against rabies before the Health Unit’s clinics in September? Paulmac’s Pets Store (formerly PJs Pets) is offering low-cost rabies vaccination clinics May 28th at its Parkedale Ave store in Brockville from 12-4pm. Cost is $25 per animal (HST included) cash only. Call 613-345-7222 for more details.
2016 International Year of Pulses
- Media Release: 2016 International Year of Pulses
- These gluten-free ancient edible beans are high in taste, protein and fibre and low in cost, fat, and sodium. Go to Pulse Canada for recipes, nutrition information, history, education resources and more.
Zika Virus Information - Updated April 26, 2016
- Chief Public Health Officer of Canada and Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health report the first positive case of sexually transmitted Zika Virus
- Learn more about the Zika Virus and Public Health Agency of Canada's Travel Advisory
Healthy Smiles Ontario Program
(6 Provincial Dental Programs Amalgamated Into 1)
- Information about the New Program for the New and Past Clients
- Application Form for Eligible Clients – Print or Complete Online
- Information About the New Program for Health Professionals
- Fee Guide for Dental Providers
Talking to Youth about Drugs
Tips on talking to young people about drugs including marijuana and prescription drugs
Tips on helping to prevent youth from taking drugs
Proud Partner of The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville
HKCC Leeds and Grenville Promotes Run. Jump. Play. Every Day.
- Like The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville on Facebook!
Thinking of Quitting Smoking?
- Find Out All the Ways You Can Quit
Outbreak Status Report
- May 27, 2016 Outbreak Status Report
Every Kid in Our Communities of Leeds & Grenville Surveys
Triple P Awareness and Accessibility Survey
REMINDER: The Health Unit No Longer Accepts Ticks
- Information on Tick Submission Changes
- Information about Ticks and Lyme Disease
Making the Healthy Food Choice, the Easy Choice
Make the Healthy Food Choice the Easy Food Choice at Play and at School
More information on making the healthy food choice the easy choice
P.A.L.S. - Playground Activity Leaders in Schools
This program encourages all children to participate in activities at recess regardless of their gender, size or ability.
- Join our P.A.L.S. Facebook page!
The New Skin Cancer Prevention Act Now In Force
- Find out more information in our Sun Safety section
- Skin Cancer Prevention Act
The Health Unit is a Proud Partner of foodcoreLGL
Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Food Charter: Community Survey Results
- Go to foodcoreLGL.ca and endorse the charter!
Infant Feeding Survey
- Baby-Friendly Initiative Information
Up to Date Food Recalls
- Food Recall Alerts - High-Risk
Telephone Survey of Residents
- If you have been called by the Institute for Social Research, click here for more information.
Recent Press Release
Blue-Green Algae Awareness
Blue-green algae blooms are a natural seasonal phenomenon that may appear in our lakes, rivers and ponds. Many of these blooms are relatively harmless; however, some species have the potential to produce toxins which may be harmful to people and animals. The presence of blue-green algae and its toxins can only be confirmed through a laboratory test, so we recommend taking a cautious approach when you suspect a blue-green algae bloom. Toxins are released when the algae cells break down; these toxins can cause skin irritation, nausea and vomiting. When exposed to higher concentrations you can experience liver problems.
World No Tobacco Day Goes Plain
May 31st is World No Tobacco Day! This year's theme is “Plain and Standardized Packaging” for tobacco products. Many Canadians may not be aware of how much product promotion and marketing goes into pack design for cigarettes and other tobacco products. The tobacco industry, however, is critically aware how valuable the pack is for both recruiting new smokers and keeping brand loyalty among current smokers. Currently tobacco companies are manipulating pack size, shape and colour to minimize the health warnings as well as to target particular groups. Some cigarettes mimic cosmetics and come in sleek, iridescent packages. Other packs feature fold out marketing materials or attractive ‘inner’ packs that encourage the user to discard the outside portion with the vital health warnings. Considering that tobacco products are the only legal product that, when used as directed, kills 50% of users prematurely, the pack needs to reflect the toxic product inside.