Resources for Health & Wellness
Addiction support services provide help to individuals suffering from addiction related issues. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) provides specialized treatment options to clients with drug, alcohol, gambling or other addiction issues. You can also find local drug and alcohol treatment services through the Region’s Public Health website.
Alternative or complementary healthcare is any practice of medicine that is not considered to be conventional in North America. There are many forms of alternative or complementary healthcare, such as naturopathic medicine , acupuncture, midwifery, chiropractic services or other forms of holistic medicine. Many of the practitioners in these areas are licensed and fall under Provincial Regulated Health Professionals legislation. OHIP may not cover the full cost of these services though private healthcare plans normally cover a percentage of services.
Environmental health information is available online through the Health Department website and includes information about common environmental allergens, bed bugs, pesticides and other concerns. Another source of information is the Environmental Health Clinic, a unique multidisciplinary clinic, and the only one of its kind in Ontario. The Environmental Health Clinic is the clinical part of a joint clinical and research program of Women's College Hospital and the University of Toronto.
Harm reduction is about reducing harm by emphasizing tolerance, respect for personal choices and respect for human rights. It is about doing what is necessary to promote greater public health for all. Harm reduction is not only about drug use, but also other high risk activities such as sexual intercourse. To learn more, visit the Durham Harm Reduction Coalition or the AIDS Committee of Durham Region
Immunization is important because it protects people from serious vaccine preventable diseases. This includes vaccinations against serious illnesses such as Polio as well as the Influenza (the flu). Flu shots are available at no cost annually. You can find out about immunizations clinics and gain more information on the importance of immunization by visiting the Health Department website.
Oral health is extremely important. Oral health affects the rest of the body. There are a variety of dental programs available throughout the region including no cost dental programs for children and youth. To learn more visit the oral health section of the Health Department website.
Physical Activity Being physically active can help you to feel good, give you more energy and help you to maintain a healthy body weight. Physical activity can help children to feel good about themselves, grow stronger and improve their health and fitness.
To help families be more active, the Durham Region Health Department offers a free physical activity family toolkit. The toolkit helps families to better understand the benefits of being active and gives tips for building physical activity into your day. The toolkit also has a new resource called Move and Play Every Day, which offers more easy ways to help children be active.
For more information, or to order your free toolkit visit durham/ca/physicalactivity or call Durham Health Connection Line at 1-800-841-2729 or 905-666-6241.
Sexual health is about making sure you have the knowledge, skills, and ability to be able to make informed sexual choices and to ensure you act responsibly to protect your health as well as the health of others. To learn more about sexual health and the resources available in Durham, click here.