Elementary/Secondary School Years - Physician Information

Parenting support for patients (HaltonParents)

    Mental Health Support for Youth

    Services for Secondary Students

    • A variety of school based mental health and addictions services are available for Halton youth. To access these services, youth and their parents can be directed to their school Social Worker
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    Asthma: local services and resources for physicians

    Halton Healthcare Services: Asthma Education Clinics

    One-on-one asthma education to children, teenagers, adults and their families by Certified Asthma Educators. A referral from a physician or other health professionals is required:

    Daytime and evening appointments at:

    • Milton District Hospital: 905-878-2383, ext. 7695
    • Georgetown Hospital: 905-873-0111, ext. 8199
    • Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital: 905-338-4691

    Services offered at the Asthma Education Clinics ( Brochure (PDF file))

    Resources for physicians

    Online inhaler training videos for patients from the Ontario Lung Association

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    Physical activity recommendations: 5-17 years

    Physical Activity Recommendations for Children 5 - 17 years

    Age Recommendations for Physical Activity Recommendations for Sedentary Behaviour
    Children and Youth
    5-11 years
    Children aged 5-11 years should get at least 60 minutes of moderate-to vigorous-intensity physical activity every day. This should include:
    • Vigorous-intensity activities at least 3 days/week
    • Activities that strengthen muscle and bone at least 3 days/week
    • More is better!
    Sedentary (or inactive) time should be limited. Try these tips:
    • Limit recreational screen time (e.g., TV or computer games) to less than 2 hours daily;
    • Encourage active transportation (walking or biking)
    • Limit extended sitting and time spent indoors
    Youth 12 - 17 years Youth aged 12 - 17 years should get at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity every day. This should include:
    • Vigorous-intensity activities at least 3 days/week
    • Activities that strengthen muscle and bone at least 3 days/week
    • More is better
       
    Sedentary (or inactive) time should be limited. Try these tips:
    • Limit recreational screen time (e.g., TV or computer games) to less than 2 hours daily;
    • Encourage active transportation (walking or biking)
    • Limit extended sitting and time spent indoors
    Definitions of moderate vs. vigorous activity
    • Moderate physical activity will cause teens to sweat a little and breathe harder.  Activities like: skating, bike riding
    • Vigorous physical activity will cause teens to sweat and be ‘out of breath’.  Activities like: running, soccer, rollerblading
    Adapted from Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

    Reference:

    • Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines (2011)
    • Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children and Youth (2011)

    Resources:

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    Nutrition resources: Parents of school-aged children

    For more information

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    Substance misuse - tobacco, alcohol, cannabis

    Physician Information

    Youth Friendly Websites

    • Active and Free (external link)
      Resource for girls aged 9-18 to learn about the negative effects of smoking, tips for resisting peer pressure, and peer advice on staying physically active and tobacco free.
    • Deal.org (external link)
      Resource for youth providing information on making healthy choices and overcoming challenges. It encourages leadership and invites youth to take a stand and get involved in their schools and communities.
    • Healthy Canada Youth Zone (external link)
      Information on the effects of tobacco to help youth make informed decisions about smoking.
    • Stupid.ca (external link)
      Site created by youth for youth to provide information on effects of tobacco products and to encourage youth to influence a smoke free community.

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    Concussion Resources

    Concussion Resources for Physicians

    Concussion Resources for Parents

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