HEALTHY LIVING DIVISION
The Healthy Living Division of York Region Community and Health Services is a multidisciplinary team of public health practitioners committed to promoting and protecting the health of the York Region community. We offer a wide range of resources, customized educational opportunities, services and programs including, but not limited to, the following:
Where we live, work and play is important to our health and quality of our lives. Active Healthy Communities promotes using physical activity at any age to do errands, get to work or for fun. When we walk, cycle, rollerblade or use local transit, it is good for our health and good for our environment. Find out more about how you can become more physically active in your community.
If you are looking for health-related information for your workplace, we can provide you with Workplace Wellness information on starting and maintaining a comprehensive workplace wellness program. We can assist in creating workplace health policies and provide you with resources on a variety of health topics.
The goal of this program is to increase the awareness among community members of the need to participate in early detection and screening programs for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer.
This program includes:
In a healthy school, the entire school community works together to help children, youth and staff make healthy choices. Meaningful involvement from students, school staff, parents and community partners can help students build their skills. It can also make planned activities more effective. The health focus is specific to the needs and concerns of the individual school community. A Healthy School is a healthier place for learning and working.
York Region Community and Health Services, Nutrition Services offers a variety of programs and services to promote nutrition, improve food access and the availability of healthy foods for various age groups, including infants, children, youth and adults. These programs and services are offered in parent resource centres, elementary and secondary schools, workplaces, to child care staff, and in the area of food access and security. At the Nutrition Services website, you can find program information, practical nutrition information and links, fact sheets, and a sign up for nutrition e-bulletins.
Substance use: make an informed choice.
Anything that is taken into the body that changes the way you think, act or feel is a substance. People have choices to make every day and some of them will be about substance use. Our intention is to provide you with information on a variety of substances, trends in substance use, and social issues involving substance use so you can make an informed choice.
Injuries are preventable: an ounce of prevention goes a long way.
The Injury Prevention Program endeavours to increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills of the residents and employees in York Region to reduce the injuries and fatalities associated with unintentional injuries. Main program areas are: road safety, childhood and recreational injuries, and falls prevention and seniors issues.
Senior Services actively promotes healthy aging and increases awareness of fallls prevention for older adults. This includes advocating for the development of an Age Friendly Community.