February 26,

Expectant Parents Invited to Attend Free Prenatal Health Fair on March 6

February 23, 2017 –  Expert Prenatal Advice and Newborn Parenting Tips!

Screen Shot 02-23-17 at 09.07 AMExpectant parents and their families are invited to a fun and informative night out to attend the Prenatal Health Fair hosted by Peterborough Public Health at the Holiday Inn on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This FREE must–attend evening of resources, support and information on “everything pregnancy and baby” is open to anyone with an interest in learning how best to prepare for having a baby, and what’s available in the Peterborough area.  The Prenatal Health Fair features interactive displays and demonstrations on a wide variety of topics such as nutrition for baby and mom, becoming a parent, baby’s development, and much more.

Car seat experts from the Peterborough and Area Car Seat Committee will share tips and answer questions about how to safely buckle up your baby, a massage therapist will demonstrate infant massage techniques, a public health nurse will discuss tips for sleep success, and hospital staff will share the many ways they provide support to get families off to a good start.  Fathers-to-be won’t want to miss trying on the “Empathy Belly” and visiting the fathering display.  You might even win the door prize of a gift card to shop for baby at Lansdowne Place!

For more details, please call Kris Hazlitt at the Peterborough Public Health at (705) 743-1000, ext. 254.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 391

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Power of Words

February 16, 2017 –  Families Encouraged to Give Voice to Literacy Skills by Marking World Read Aloud Day on February 16

Sounds like it’s a good day to read aloud and share stories with your child.

That’s the message Peterborough Public Health is sending to local families on World Read Aloud Day, which is being marked today (Thursday, February 16). The global awareness day celebrates the power of words and the importance of supporting literacy skills in young children.

“Literacy is crucial for a child’s emotional and physical well-being, as well as future success,” says Leisa Baker, a Public Health Nurse with Peterborough Public Health. “Reading aloud supports literacy skills by helping children learn new words, understand story themes, and improve listening skills.”

To mark World Read Aloud Day in their community, local families, educators, child-care providers and others can get connected and find out activities by visiting the special website (www.litworld.org/wrad) set aside to mark the day. Baker also provides a few suggestions on how adults can create a powerful and memorable read aloud experience with children.

“Read the story beforehand, so you are familiar with it and can stop to ask questions of your child to spur interest and engagement in the plot,” she says. “Be animated too, by changing your voice during the read aloud to match the expressions of the characters and emotions of the story. This will help to bring the text to life!”

Using different voices for different characters can also help children recognize the dialogue in the story, and better understand a character’s traits, Baker adds.

To further support literacy skills in children, area residents can visit Kid Talk (www.kidtalk.on.ca), an online portal supported by the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, Peterborough Public Health, Five Counties Children Centre and the Northumberland Child Development Centre. People concerned about a child’s speech skills can also call Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000 and speak to a Public Health Nurse.

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For further information, please contact:
Leisa Baker, Public Health Nurse
705-743-1000, ext. 312

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February 11 Board of Health Meeting Summary

February 15, 2017 – To view the meeting summary for the February 11, 2017 Board of Health meeting click the image below:

170211 Board of Health Meeting Summary – February

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Peterborough Public Health Endorses Statement Supporting Muslim Community

February 15, 2017 – Peterborough Immigration Partnership Response to Quebec City Mosque Shooting

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February 13 – 17, 2017 Marks Drug Awareness Week in Peterborough

February 13, 2017 –
Photo Opportunity February 13, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at Mather & Bell Pharmacy

Police, healthcare and public health partners are encouraging the community to use Drug Awareness Week as a time to have serious conversations about substance use and abuse.

More info here.

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