The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

New social media sites for parents and families in Durham Region

WHITBY, ON November 17, 2015 - Durham Region Health Department has launched a new social media forum designed to engage with local parents and families, providing trusted information on a variety of health-related topics.

Durham Healthy Families can now be found on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube offering information that targets parents and caregivers of children from birth to 18-years old.

“The Durham Healthy Families social media sites were developed as a way to engage and interact with parents through various social media platforms,” explained Lynne Rushak, a public health nurse with Durham Region Health Department. “The sites allow followers to post comments, ask questions and obtain direct feedback from a public health nurse who moderates the discussion.”

Every day, a new topic is identified as the topic of the day for conversation. Topics that could be discussed include health before and during pregnancy, breastfeeding, vaccines, child safety, sexual health, physical activity, cancer screening, alcohol, and substance misuse and mental health. The sites are facilitated by public health nurses who will also follow what’s trending on these topics as a way to join the conversation and provide up-to-date information on the latest concerns.

The Durham Healthy Families social media sites are moderated Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To join the conversation, please visit or, or check out the YouTube channel at Durham Healthy Families. To speak privately with a public health nurse, please call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729. For more information on Health Department programs and services, visit

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Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:

Glendene Collins - Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999 or

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For more information, please contact Health Department.