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Dental van rolls into Rainy River

The Northwestern Health Unit’s new “Healthy Smiles Ontario” mobile dental van rolled into Fort Frances in September, bringing smiles galore.

Under the program, children aged 17 and under who met the program’s eligibility requirements received dental treatment.

The Northwestern Health Unit negotiated a special pilot project status for the “Healthy Smiles Ontario” program.

Rainbow Centre visiting

High school students in Northwestern Ontario will be hearing from youth peer-to-peer educators from the Rainbow Resource Center based out of Winnipeg.

The students will be learning about the impacts of bullying, marginalization, and discrimination experienced by those who are, or are perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQTS).

Parenting is the most important job: NHU

During November, the Northwestern Health Unit is promoting the message to parents that their job is like no other.

Being a parent is a big responsibility. Parents are role models to their children in learning how to behave, how to treat others, and how to make healthy choices in their lives.

Take time to talk to your children. Read, play, and share experiences with them.

Hep B campaign underway

Hepatitis B is one of several viral infections that can affect the liver.

Hepatitis B is spread by contact with body fluids–blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and saliva—and can be passed to newborns from infected mothers.

At least half of those infected have no symptoms, but all of those who are infected can pass the virus on to other people.

New signs installed at beaches

The Northwestern Health Unit has installed new permanent metal signs at municipal beaches across the region.

The signs advise the public of the potential for elevated levels of bacteria in the water for up to 48 hours after heavy rain and/or strong winds.

The health unit continues to test the water at beaches for bacteria on a weekly basis during the summer months.

Teeth love choices

Children’s smiles are being affected by drinking liquid sugar, which can come in the form of pop, sports drinks, and beverages with added sugar.

These choices of sugar-laden beverages are some of the culprits of increased levels of decay in area children.