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- New 2015 Annual Report Video Sheds Light on Role of Public Health in Tri-County Area -

A year’s worth of work carried out by the local Health Unit has been captured in a newly-released three-and-a-half-minute video.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has released its 2015 Annual Report in a video format. It provides an overview of the public health programs and services provided in 2015 to residents of Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. The 2015 Annual Report video can be accessed on the Health Unit’s websiteor YouTube channel.

“Public health tends to be invisible in the community, unless there is an outbreak of disease and illness,” says Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, Medical Officer of Health with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Most of what the Health Unit does is in the background, providing local programs and services to help people stay healthy. Our Annual Report video really captures what public health does in the area, providing a succinct snapshot on what our dedicated staff do each day.”

The video was produced in-house by Health Unit staff. It provides key statistics about what the Health Unit did in 2015 in three main areas: promoting health, protecting against disease, and preventing illness and injury. Among the highlights from 2015 featured in the Annual Report video:

• 406 people took part in parenting and prenatal education sessions offered by the Health Unit.

• Health Unit staff provided 324 home visits with families through the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program.

• Public Health Inspectors with the Health Unit conducted 1,283 inspections of local restaurants and other food premises.

• 54,650 doses of flu vaccine were provided by the Health Unit to local health care providers.

• Water quality testing was conducted at 49 public beaches in the area over the summer months.

• 2,383 fluoride varnish applications were provided to local pre-schoolers and Kindergarten students.

• Health Unit checks of local stores and vendors found 92.5 per cent did not sell tobacco products to underage teenagers.

•Health Unit staff provided 36 food handler courses in the area, resulting in 700 participants receiving their food handler certification.

For media inquiries, contact:

Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, Medical Officer of Health, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100.

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