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519-753-4937 extension 259. The Health Information Line is staffed by a Public Health Nurse from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Questions can also be sent to email@bchu.org.


Health Information line and Seniors Safety Info: 519-753-4937 ext. 259 Fax: 519-753-5942 Early detection of cancer and cancer prevention: 519-753-4937 ext. 459 Tobacco use and prevention: 519-753-4937 ext. 456 Healthy weights & heart health: 519-753-4937 ext. 458 Physical activity: 519-753-4937 ext. 457 Tobacco use and prevention: 519-753-4937 ext. 460


PROGRAMS AND SERVICES AT THE BCHU


Safe Medication Use – “Keep Track and Take it Back!”


This program is designed to help seniors taking several medications to keep track of what they are taking and when. It also encourages seniors to take back leftover and/or expired medications to their pharmacies. Local pharmacies are aware of the program and can supply seniors with a Medication Record Booklet and help keep it updated. This booklet is very useful and contains valuable information that could save a life, especially if the person ever needs unexpected urgent medical attention. Seniors are encouraged to keep an updated Medication Record with them at all times.


Access to Primary Health Care


Primary Health Care (PHC) is the first level of contact that people have with the health care system. Examples include a visit to your family doctor, nurse, pharmacy, health unit, clinic or community health centre (Grand River Community Health Centre). Primary Health Care focuses on promoting wellness, preventing illness and injuries and to some extent managing chronic conditions. Another feature of PHC is to provide access to the right health care at the right time. Close to 40% of Canadians have visited an emergency department (ER) in the last two years. Most of these visits (57%) were for medical conditions that did not require urgent care (such as sore throats or earaches). Offering access to appropriate primary health


care in the community when people need it can take some of the load off of the emergency department. In addition to providing cost- effective care, this may also improve access to ERs for people with urgent medical problems and reduce waiting times.


Prevent Osteoporosis – “Break Through to Better Bone Health”


This presentation includes useful information and advice on how to prevent the onset of osteoporosis. One in eight men and one in four women over the age of 50 have this disease. There are concrete steps that people can take to lower their risk of getting this disease. To learn more, seniors can attend a two-part educational series offered in the community.


My Turn My Time My Plan


This program is designed for women aged 50-64. It provides resources and information on how women this age can care for themselves and take time to create a plan to be more physically active. The benefits of physical activity are endless and include weight control, increased energy, improved mood, and better sleep. Of particular benefit to older adults, physical activity improves posture, increases muscle strength, bone density, flexibility, and coordination. All of this translates into better balance and a decrease in falls. Enjoy life to the fullest and make time for physical activity!


Contact the Health Information Line (extension 259) for information about other programs and services offered at the Health Unit.


Smoking Corporation Program


For more information or to register for our quit smoking programs call or email Phone: 519-753-4937 ext.455 Email: tobacco@bchu.org


Did you know...?


“A diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D helps make your bones strong. Good sources of calcium include low-fat milk, yogourt, salmon, rhubarb, sardines and almonds.”


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