Ottawa Health Day

Hello Ottawa,

My name is Sarah Horton. I am a grade 12 student at Garneau High School in Orleans.  Four years ago I approached Ottawa’s Board of Health to request that we, as the Nation’s capital, have an annual health day.  I am happy to report that the fourth Ottawa Health Day will be on October 16, 2014. 

The theme of Ottawa Health Day 2014 is Promote, Prevent, and Protect. There will be activities for all three of these themes:


OPH wants you, Ottawa, to promote a healthy lifestyle by eating well, being active and feeling good.  Join bestselling author, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and founder and medical director of the Bariatric Medical Institute Dr. Yoni Freedhoff who will speak to The Mythology of Modern Day Dieting. Dr. Freedhoff’s #1 national bestseller The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Workwill be available to purchase at this event. This event will take place at 7:00p.m. at the Centrepointe Theatre. Registration is FREE at


Safety before beauty! Prevent infections by knowing what to look for at your tattoo and body piercing studio, hairdresser and barbershop, and spa. OPH will be sharing its spa and tattoo places fact sheets and promoting its health inspection report website through social media. Visit for information on things you should know before visiting a spa or tattoo place and to consult our health inspection reports.


Join Dr. Isra Levy, Medical Officer of Health and Mr. Alex Munter, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) at a flu immunization launch event. Protect yourself and your family by getting your flu vaccine early. OPH will be providing early flu shots to children under the age of five at this event which will take place at OPH’s Immunization Centre, located at Mary Pitt Centre (100 Constellation Drive) at 1 p.m. Visit for more information about where you can get your flu vaccine.

Let’s promote, prevent and protect the health of Ottawa residents on October 16 and every day!


Sarah Horton

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