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Health unit giving out books for anniversary

For 60 years, the Northwestern Health Unit has been delivering public health programs and services.

This month, to celebrate its 60th anniversary, the health unit is providing all elementary schools in the region with a set of storybooks.

The Eagle Books are intended to help teach reading and health-related skills while integrating aboriginal culture into classroom lessons.

“The Eagle Books help make reading fun for children while also teaching literacy skills and valuable lessons about healthy eating, active living, and traditional ways,” said Mark Perrault, CAO of the Northwestern Health Unit.

Literacy and education are related to health outcomes. People with low literacy levels are more likely to have poorer health, lower incomes, and less community involvement.

“Health and social factors have a profound effect on learning,” said Al Cesiunas, superintendent of the Northwest Catholic District School Board. “All types of education, not just health education, support good health.

“This makes partnerships between public health and schools an important priority,” he stressed.

In addition to working with schools, the Northwestern Health Unit partners with communities to: 

•create safe and healthy environments at home, work, and play;

•advocate for public laws and policies that protect your health and safety;

•measure, monitor, and report on the status of community health;

•encourage involvement and action on decisions that affect your health;

•provide support, education, and information to help you make healthy choices; and

Since 1948, the Northwestern Health Unit has grown to include 14 offices that serve 19 municipalities and two unincorporated territories in the Kenora-Rainy River districts.

It is proud to have served this region for the last 60 years, and will continue to respond to local needs to help create safe and healthy communities.

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