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Chilly Start to New Year as Health Unit issues 2014's first Cold Weather Alert

A wintry blast has descended on the Middlesex-London region, prompting the Medical Officer of Health to issue Middlesex-London’s first Cold Weather Alert of the New Year. The Alert comes into effect immediately and will remain in effect until Saturday, January 4th when temperatures are expected to rise above -15 degrees C.


Looking For Support in Your Efforts To Quit Smoking? The Health Unit Can Help.

Starting the New Year with a clean slate is why so many people make resolutions each time we turn the calendar over. Whether it’s being more physically active or losing weight, many New Year’s resolutions focus on improving health, and there’s no greater health benefit than breaking an addiction to tobacco. However, kicking tobacco can be a challenge, which is why the Middlesex-London Health Unit is offering workshops tomorrow and this Thursday, which provide support and free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to those who want to quit.


Upcoming Nicotine Replacement Therapy Workshops

Do you want to quit smoking? The Middlesex-London Health Unit is hosting workshops in London to help you quit.


Local Activity Signals Start of Flu Season in Middlesex-London

The Middlesex-London Health Unit has received confirmation of the community’s first locally-acquired case of influenza A, which could indicate influenza is starting to circulate in the community. The Health Unit will continue to work with local hospitals, schools and long-term care facilities to monitor community influenza activity.


Local Tobacco Retailer Penalized for Repeated Tobacco Sales to Youth

The Middlesex-London Health Unit has handed an Automatic Prohibition Notice to Loblaws Inc. which operates as the Loblaw Superstore at 3040 Wonderland Road South, in London. The order went into effect Monday and will remain in force for the next six months, forbiding the operators from selling or storing any form of tobacco in their store until May 25th, 2014.


in motion™ Challenge Logs Over 2,000,000 Minutes of Activity

In late September the residents of London were challenged to add at least five minutes of physical activity to their daily routine. Today, Middlesex-London in motion™ announced that more than 1,600 people responded to that challenge and logged over 2 million minutes of physical activity, wildly exceeding organizers’ expectations for the initial year.


Increasing Access to Cancer Screening in Immigrant Communities: A Proactive Approach

If you’re a healthcare professional, register and attend the “Increasing Access to Cancer Screening in Immigrant Communities: A Proactive Approach” event, which is brought to you by Mobilizing Newcomers and Immigrants to Cancer Screening Programs.


With Winter's Arrival, Health Unit Reminds Local Residents to be Aware of Bats

The return of wintry weather, cold temperatures and the recent report of a bat which tested positive for rabies, have prompted the Middlesex-London Health Unit to increase awareness about what people should do when they encounter a bat. With bats seeking places to hibernate, there is the potential for residents to come into contact with the animals, which could create the risk of contracting rabies. Rabies is a serious disease caused by a virus; which when left untreated, is fatal to humans.


Health Unit's Annual Community Flu Clinics Get Underway this Weekend

The Middlesex-London Health Unit’s annual influenza immunization campaign gets underway this week. With flu season right around the corner the Health Unit will hold the first of its nine community-based immunization clinics on Saturday, October 19th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre at 656 Elizabeth Street in London.


Halfway Into the in motion Challenge, the Physical Activity Minutes are Adding Up

With the first two weeks of the in motion™ Physical Activity Community Challenge now complete, Londoners of all ages have been answering the call to add more physical activity to their lives.