March 26,

New Breastfeeding Room Opens at Peterborough Public Health

 March 22, 2017 – On-site Breastfeeding Support Also Available for Nursing Moms

Peterborough Public Health proudly announced today the opening of it170322 Breastfeeding Rooms new public breastfeeding room at its Jackson Square location on 185 King St.

“We’re excited to offer breastfeeding moms a comfortable, clean and dedicated space to nurse their babies when they’re downtown,” said Dawn Hanes, Public Health Nurse.  “This new room is large enough to accommodate other children and family members. Also, on-site breastfeeding support is available on Monday and Wednesday mornings from Public Health Nurses, if needed.”

The new breastfeeding room is found on the main floor just off the clinic waiting room and is available on a first come, first serve basis for families.  It is a home-like environment with a door that closes for privacy and a couch and tables.  The room is open during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hanes noted that this room adds to a growing number of dedicated breastfeeding rooms throughout the community, including those found at Lansdowne Place, Sears, and Peterborough Square.  “It’s really important that breastfeeding moms feel welcome and supported everywhere they go.  Breastfeeding is a natural way to protect babies from diseases, and it promotes emotional and brain development. Also, the longer a woman breastfeeds, the more health benefits she and her baby will receive.”

Breastfeeding support is available by calling the Family Healthline at 705-743-1000 for all parents who live in Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations, and the County and City of Peterborough. Parents with breastfeeding questions or concerns can also contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or visit


For further information, please contact:

Dawn Hanes, RN
Public Health Nurse
705-743-1000, ext. 289

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March 8 Board of Health Meeting Summary

March 10, 2017 – To view the meeting summary from the March 8th Board of Health Meeting please click on the image below:

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Great Big Crunch: Peterborough Kids Chomp into Healthy Eating!

March 9. 2017 – Hundreds of St. Alphonsus Catholic Elementary School Students Celebrate Nutrition Month with Tenth Annual Great Big Crunch Event

Today hundreds of students from St. Alphonsus Catholic Elementary School joined thousands more across Canada in a loud, simultaneous apple chomp as part of the tenth annual  Great Big Crunch event.

“We are honoured to be the host school for the Great Big Crunch assembly this year,” said Ryan Brooks, Principal of St. Alphonsus. “This is a great way to reinforce the importance of healthy eating for our students and staff.”

The local event is organized by Food for Kids in partnership with Peterborough Public Health.  “This event is a fun way for kids to get excited about healthy eating,” said Angela Fuchs, Coordinator of the Food for Kids Student Nutrition Program.  Food for Kids is a local organization that works to support Student Nutrition Programs.  “This event gets kids talking about locally grown apples and supports education around healthy eating, how food is grown and how food ties into our community.”

Now in its tenth year with participants from coast to coast, the initiative was started by Food Share Toronto, a food initiative that aims to improve access to affordable and healthy food in communities.  In 2016, the event attracted 450 registered “crunch-sites”, resulting in 153,011 people taking a united bite out of an apple in support of food literacy and local food.

“The Great Big Crunch falls during Nutrition Month, so this is a great opportunity to emphasize the importance of modelling healthy eating to children, and the key role healthy eating plays in children’s ability to learn,” said Lauren Kennedy, Registered Dietitian at Peterborough Public Health.

For more information about Food for Kids, to volunteer or to make a donation, visit


For further information contact:

Lauren Kennedy, MScFN, RD

Public Health Nutritionist

705-743-1000, ext. 233

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Board of Health Meets March 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, March 3, 2017 – Location: J.K. Edwards Board Room, Peterborough Public Health, Jackson Square, 185 King St., Third Floor

Media and the community are advised that the next Board of Health meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

To download the agenda and the online board package, please visit:

This meeting is open to the community and members of the media.  Guests are asked to use the buzzer located on the wall to the right of the main front doors to alert Peterborough Public Health staff when they arrive.  The board room is located on the third floor of Jackson Square, 185 King St. Free parking is available after 6 p.m. on the street or across the road at the King St. Parkade.


For further information, please contact:
Brittany Cadence,
Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 391

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Phone Service Restored at Peterborough Public Health

March 2, 2017 – All Incoming and Outgoing Calls to 705-743-1000 Working Properly

Peterborough Public Health is pleased to announce that its phone service is restored and functioning properly.

The community is advised that they can again use the number 705-743-1000 for any urgent or non-urgent public health matters.

PPH staff have a list of every call and fax not received during the outage and confirmed that there were no missed urgent public health calls.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we addressed the issue.

For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence

Communications Manager

705-743-1000, ext. 391

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