A Note From Your School’s Public Health Nurse…


 Let’s Play, Live, Be Tobacco Free!

Will you be signing your kids up for any outdoor sports this year? Sport and recreation play an important role in the health and well-being of people of all ages. For kids, they are a great way to build skills, self-confidence, and make new friends. Another bonus to add to this list is that we can now attend their sporting events in a smoke-free environment.

 Tobacco is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Ontario. The use of tobacco products during sporting events (by the participants, volunteers, official’s coaches, leaders or spectators) sends a mixed message about tobacco use to our kids. For this reason, new legislation was introduced in 2015, which makes it illegal to smoke on or within 20 metres of children’s playgrounds and publicly owned sports fields and surfaces. This includes soccer fields and baseball diamonds, as well as tennis courts, splash pads and swimming pools, to name a few. To find out more about this legislation, visit www.playlivebetobaccofree.ca

Protect Your Brain! Wear a Helmet!

Bicycle riding season is just around the corner!  Remember to keep yourself and your children safe on every ride by wearing a bicycle helmet that fits properly and by following the rules of the road.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Before buying a helmet for yourself or your child, make sure it meets the correct safety standards and has a safety sticker from one of the following organizations: CPSC, Snell or ASTM
  • Make sure that the helmet fits properly! Visit Parachute Canada, parachutecanada.org/resources, for instructions on properly fitting a helmet
  • Helmets should be replaced every five years
  • If the helmet has been in a crash or is cracked or damaged in any way, it should be replaced immediately
  • Remember – different activities may need different helmets. If you are unsure whether or not the helmet is safe for the activity, check with the company that made the helmet!

You are your child’s best role model. Role model safe behaviours by wearing a properly fitted helmet yourself.   You only have one brain.  Protect it by wearing a helmet!

For more information about bicycle helmets, safety tips and answers to frequently asked questions, visit Parachute Canada at www.parachutecanada.org


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