The ozone layer is thinning so there is an increase in ultraviolet radiation from the sun which can cause skin cancer, early aging and cataracts.


Why don't you try to:


  • Stay out of the midday sun (11-4) when the ultraviolet rays are strongest
  • Sit under a tree or umbrella
  • Wear hats, sunglasses, long sleeve cotton shirts and pants
  • Use sun screen with both UVB and UVA protection and a SPF of more than 15.






Protect yourself and your family against West Nile Virus. Mosquitoes can pass on this virus to humans. Most people will not get sick from a mosquito bite. Some people who get bitten by an infected mosquito will get very sick.


Why don't you try to:


  • Wear loose fitting, long sleeved tops and pants
  • Wear socks and a hat
  • Stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
  • Use an insect repellant that contains DEET
  • Fix holes in your screens and doors.


For more information contact the O'Chiese Health Centre at (403) 989-3900.


Submitted by Sandy Livingston

From the O'Chiese Local Community Newsletter June 2009 Edition