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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 00:00

15 minutes for your kids’ literacy

            “Spending at least 15 minutes a day doing literacy activities with children has many benefits,” says Shelley Shaughnessy, a Family Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit.

            “You get to spend

            The Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre has been named the first recipient of the Telecare Mona Hall Legacy Fund. The $5,000 grant will fund a

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 00:00

Lindsay Legion gives hospital $20 thou

            The Lindsay Legion has donated $20,000 to the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation’s “Bright Lights — Caring Connections” Holiday Appeal, to support the purchase of new

            The Peterborough County-City Health Unit (PCCHU) is asking all parents to make sure they’ve submitted their child’s current immunization records to the health unit.

            “Many parents don’t realize it’s their

Friday, 11 December 2015 00:00

Bereavement support group changes

            The Circle of Hope peer support group presented by Kawartha Lakes' Hospice Services of Community Care is now offered on the first and third

Friday, 11 December 2015 00:00

Buy a book for Christmas

            They may seem old-fashioned, but books still make fantastic gifts this holiday season. They can open up new chapters in children’s lives.

            According to the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, books are a

Friday, 11 December 2015 00:00

CKL throws down the bloody gauntlet

            The City of Kawartha Lakes has joined the staff at Fleming College, Ross Memorial Hospital and others as Canadian Blood Services corporate partners.

            “The need for donations is huge and we see this as a great

Friday, 11 December 2015 00:00

Did you know that Legally…

By Donna Wood

            Have you ever been tempted to supply or even buy alcohol for a minor (Under 19)? Were you aware of the legal ramifications?

            The consequences are very serious. It is illegal for

Friday, 11 December 2015 00:00

Gifts to get you going

            Want to get a “moving” gift for someone this holiday season? Gifts that encourage physical activity can have many benefits beyond just helping people stay healthy, says Lisa Kaldeway, a Health Promoter with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

            Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health, says Kaldeway, but being active also brings plenty of fun and enjoyment, especially when you can spend time with loved ones.

            Here are some ideas to encourage people to get active that won’t break the bank in the process:

• Include skip ropes, balls, yo-yos, yoga mats, swimming goggles, pedometers, bike helmets, and flex bands as affordable stocking stuffers that can motivate people to get moving.

• For older residents, walking poles can be a good buy.

  •   Snowshoeing is a great family pastime for exploring new ground on local trails that are free and accessible. It can also help to build strength, agility, balance and endurance. Used snowshoes may be available through second-hand-sports-equipment stores or kijiji.
  •  Sports like hockey, skiing and snowboarding require helmets, so if a loved one is involved in these activities, a new helmet is a sensible gift option. To find out the helmets appropriate for each sport, visit Parachute Canada (www.parachutecanada.org).
  •  Give a coupon book that lists fun activities to do together, including tobogganing, cross-country skiing, building a snowman, a friendly snowball fight, or skating.
  •  Donate to a local agency or sports association that provides free or low-cost recreation programs. In this area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes (www.bgckl.com) and Jumpstart (http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca) help offset the costs of sports equipment and registration fees. Many other local sports organizations also welcome donations to give children in Kawartha Lakes a chance to try out a new sport or recreation program.

            “When you give active gifts that get people moving, you are showing others that you care about their well-being and want them to look after themselves,” says Kaldeway.

            “Choose to be Smoke Free” is a free program from the Peterborough County-City Health Unit to anyone 16 to 45 years old who wants to quit smoking.

            The program combines

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