Media Release

May 7, 2012

Public health professionals help us live longer and contribute to building healthier communities

York Region marks Canada Health Day on Saturday, May 12
NEWMARKET - The Regional Municipality of York will mark Canada Health Day on Saturday, May 12 and recognize the work of public health in improving the well-being of residents and visitors in York Region.
This year’s theme, “Healthy Communities, Healthy Canadians” encourages residents to be active and involved to live longer, stronger and happier.
The contributions of public health and public health professionals have played a major role in helping residents live longer and healthier. The York Region Community and Health Services Department Public Health Branch offers a range of programs and services to optimize the health of the community. The York Region Community and Health Services Multi-Year Plan proposes actions to keep residents healthy throughout their lifetime.
York Region public health accomplishments in 2011 include:
• Public Health Inspectors conducted 10,549 food premise inspections to protect residents and visitors against food-borne illness
• Nurses in the Infectious Diseases Control Division administered 45,575 vaccinations against influenza, hepatitis B, human papilloma virus and other diseases
• Registered Dental Hygienists and Certified Dental Assistants conducted over 48,000 dental screenings to identify children with urgent and non-urgent dental needs
• Public Health Nurses on the Elementary School Team assisted 126 York Region elementary schools to adopt programs relating to school health including nutrition and physical activity programs
Canada Health Day is sponsored by the Canadian Healthcare Association (CHA) and the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA). Originally known as National Hospital Day, Canada Health Day is celebrated annually on May 12 in honour of the birthday of Florence Nightingale, an innovator and reformer in public health. For more information on Canada Health Day, please visit
For more information on York Region’s public health programs, please call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit 
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Media Contact: Lisa Sposito, Community and Health Services, York Region
 1-877-464-9675, ext. 4106 • After-Hours Cell: 905-955-2533 •

Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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