Active & Healthy Living
For health-related topics, visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU)'s website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.
School Food & Beverage Policy Resources
Influenza (Flu) Information
The flu shot is recommended for everyone six months of age and over. The flu shot can help to avoid days off sick from school or work. It can also help prevent you from getting others sick. For young children and seniors, and for those with chronic illnesses, influenza can be life threatening - and we can all help to prevent the spread of influenza. The flu shot is available at most local pharmacies or from your health care provider.
For more information about influenza, visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's website.
Active and Healthy Living
Childhood is the best time to develop life-long healthy habits. Eating well and staying active are a winning combination for your children’s growth and development. They will feel good, be more alert, be ready to learn and stay healthy.
Making physical activity a regular part of the day provides many health benefits.
It’s important to help children and youth be active by being a role model and by giving praise. Make being active fun—grab a ball and try a new game, visit a park, play a game of pick-up basketball or hockey, explore a trail or go for a family bike ride. Walking to school instead of driving is an easy way to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behaviour at the same time.
Visit the Ministry of Health website to learn more about Ontario's whole-child Healthy Kids Strategy. View the Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines. A great resource for articles and tips on getting active is the physical literacy website Active For Life.
Physical Literacy Resources
Success Stories (from www.eatrightontario.ca)
Eye See...Eye Learn
The Eye See Eye Learn program provides comprehensive eye exams by local optometrists to Junior Kindergarten students. The eye exams are covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) when parents show their child’s health card. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the eye exam and if the child requires a pair of glasses, they will receive them free-of-charge courtesy of the participating Eye See Eye Learn sponsors. Get more information about Eye See Eye Learn.
Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO)
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has a no-cost dental program for eligible children and youth ages 17 years and under. Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) offers a full range of dental services, including checkups, cleaning, fillings, X-rays, scaling and more. HSO is available three different ways – through a full-service clinic at the health unit’s Barrie office, participating dentist or dental hygienist, or by visiting the health unit’s mobile dental clinic that travels to communities in Simcoe Muskoka.
Eligible children and teens under the age of 18 with urgent dental care needs, such as fillings and extractions, can be covered under the Children in Need of Treatment program. Both programs are in addition to dental screening offered to all students in grades JK, SK, 2 and 8 by oral health staff at the health unit. After screening, parents of children needing preventative care are contacted by the health unit and offered information about no-cost services available through school or health unit clinics.
Eligible children and teens under the age of 18 with urgent dental care needs, such as fillings and extractions, can be covered under the Children in Need of Treatment program. Both programs are in addition to dental screening available to students by oral health staff at the health unit in collaboration with the schools. After screening, children needing preventative care are offered information about no-cost services available through school or health unit clinics.
To find out more about the programs, eligibility requirements and how to make an appointment, call Your Health Connection Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 or visit the SMDHU's website.
Healthy Smiles Ontario Poster - Elementary (PDF)
Healthy Smiles Ontario Poster - Secondary (PDF)