Be informed! The NWHU website has data on COVID-19, including the number of active cases, our region’s positivity rate, testing numbers, and even stats on vaccines given! Check it out!
June can be a busy month with school soon coming to a close and more play outdoors in warmer weather. Make sure children are drinking enough water to stay hydrated (all they need is water – they don’t need sport drinks!) and have healthy snack options such as fruits and vegetables, whole grain crackers, cheese cubes and/or yogurt.
Are you registering your child for JK for the upcoming school year?
Immunization is a school requirement under the Immunization of School Pupils Act. The NWHU may already have your child’s information, so you don’t have to do anything else. If you aren’t sure whether we have your child’s information, you can check by visiting www.nwhu.on.ca and clicking on Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON). Once logged in, you can even add any vaccines that you know your child has had that aren’t in the online record. Call the health unit if you need help, or to provide your child’s immunization record without using ICON.
Turn Off the Screens
For health benefits, children and youth should minimize the time they spend being sedentary each day. This may be achieved by:
Limiting screen time to less than 2 hours per day can help children:
- Limiting recreational screen time ( tv, video games, playing on the computer) to no more than 2 hours per day;
- Limiting sedentary (motorized) transport, extended sitting and time spent indoors throughout the day.
- Improve their health
- Do better in school & improve their self-esteem
- Have more time to learn a new skill
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Improve their fitness
- Have more fun with friends
Spending time at the beach is a great way to get outside, be active and enjoy time with family. Keep safe while swimming at beaches with these water quality tips:
- Don’t swim after heavy rains and high winds.
- Don’t swim if large numbers of waterfowl are present at the beach.
- Do not drink the water.
- Supervise children at all times.
- Don’t swim with an open cut or wound.
- Avoid swimming if the water is cloudy or murky.
- Check for physical hazards before entering the water.
- Wash your hands after swimming if you are handling foods.
Contact the Northwestern Health Unit, visit our website at www.nwhu.on.ca or download the free NWHUConnect – Healthy Environments app to access seasonal information about beach safety and closures, tick-borne disease prevention, safe drinking water, boil water advisories, extreme temperatures, bed bugs and food safety.
Stay within sight and reach of your child when they are in or near the water. Put your child in a lifejacket near the water and in a boat. Children can fall in quickly and silently without adults being aware. A lifejacket can help keep your child safe until someone can rescue them. Be sure to choose a Canadian approved standard lifejacket.
Any mosquito might carry disease; fewer bites equals lower risk.
Summer is just around the corner and unfortunately, so are the mosquitos. Prevent mosquitos from biting you and your family by:
- Wearing light-coloured clothing, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and a hat when mosquitos are active
- Use a bug repellent with DEET, following the directions on the label
- Get rid of any standing water around your home. Drain water from flower pots, wading pools and old tires. Change water in bird baths and pet food bowls.
Make time for your kids every day!
Your kids enjoy spending time with you and love the positive attention you give them. The time you have with your kids is an opportunity to teach them, play with them and show them how much you love them. Read a book together, eat dinner together, take a walk, talk about the high and low moments of your day. Uninterrupted time together is one of the best gifts you can give your child.
Do you Know What your Kids are Watching?
Young people look to celebrities for reassurance about their choices in fashion and behavior. Research shows that 10-14 year old children who see the most smoking on-screen are nearly 3x more likely to start smoking than children who see the least.
Ways to Protect your Children:
- Get Informed – the evidence is clear. The more children see smoking in movies, the more likely they are to start.
- Be Aware of what your children are viewing and learn what movies have smoking in them. Check out www.facebook.com/hookedbyhollywood for facts about current movies.
- Talk to your children about tobacco and movies and teach them to be media aware.