Growing Up Canadian: Health

Growing Up Canadian: Health

| 45 min

Early campaigns to fight poverty and disease and help children grow up healthy led to the introduction of the school nurse, nose blowing drills and lice inspections. From open-air schools to confusing sex education classes, Health was a part of the curriculum throughout the last century.

This episode traces the rise of dental care, from early century programs in schools to dentists traveling to remote areas by boat or train. Canadians recall terrifying epidemics and lengthy periods of quarantine. Home remedies were frightening enough to keep children from complaining about being ill. Over the course of the century we see the impact of public health care on children's lives.

Health is one of a 6-part series entitled Growing Up Canadian. These documentaries explore the myths and realities of Canadian childhood through family life, schooling, work, play, health and the media. The series marks the contribution of childhood and youth experience in defining Canada as it grew into full nationhood in the 20th century.

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  • executive producer
    Sheila Petzold
    Ken Stewart
    Marcel Clément
  • producer
    Hoda Elatawi
  • series creator
    Sheila Petzold
  • director
    Susan Terrill
  • writer
    Susan Terrill
    Sheila Petzold
  • participant
    Lundy Befrene
    Henry Bishop
    Carl Brewer
    Kathryn Burke
    Herménégilde Chiasson
    John C. Crosbie
    Emily Dazé
    Misa Friesen-Kobayashi
    Barbara Gowdy
    Fred Greaves
    Bernard Guertin
    Louise Guertin
    Jack Harrison
    Ellaina Jancewicz
    George Jordan
    Rosemary House
    Sarah Kapoor
    Myrna Kostash
    Clare Laking
    Christina Lamey
    Kay Lorente
    Greg Malone
    Natalie MacMaster
    Bob Mellor
    Denis F. Mildon
    Mary Pratt
    Edith Samuel Manierka
    Mary Sexton
    Jeannette Shannon
    Karen Shopsowitz
    Cameron Terrill
    Carolyn Thomas
    Hellie Wilson
    Jamie Zeppa
  • narration writer
    Sheila Petzold
    Jamie Zeppa
    Susan Terrill
  • narrator
    Becky Rynor
  • interviews
    Susan Terrill
    Sheila Petzold
  • additional interview
    Andrea Hossack
  • original concept
    Sam Kula
  • director of photography
    Karl Roeder
  • music composer
    Andrew Huggett
  • off-line editor
    Tiffany Beaudin
    Douglas von Rosen
    Richard Millen
  • online editor
    Tiffany Beaudin
  • graphic designer
    Ron Allen
  • production manager
    Shelley Coultish
    Kate Yule
  • production coordinator
    Shannan Thomson
  • script editor
    Sheila Petzold
    Penny McCann
    Susan Terrill
  • archival research
    Vivian Hanwell
    Kate Keating
    Kate Yule
    Erin Brophy
  • research
    Helen Dundass
    Jody Nassr
    Isobel Ripley
    Sheila Petzold
  • additional research
    Shelley Coultish
    Pam Gaffield
    Sophia Geeves
    Fern Graham
    Dave Pyette
    Lea Robinson
    Theresa Rowat
    Susan Villeneuve
  • sound recordist
    Don Stewart
    Peter Kettlewell
    Kate Kechnie
    Larry MacDonald
    Jane Porter
    Vaughn Rowsell
    Eldy Gouthro
    Douglas von Rosen
  • additional camera operator
    Mike Tien
    Roland Pirker
    Raymond Hagel
  • production services
    Derek McClintock
  • grip
    Don Black
    Lewis Hill
    Marcus Hutchings
    Mathew Reid
    John Roche
    Henrietta Veerman
    Chris Anderson
  • sound engineer
    Robin Dumas
  • post-production services
    Nancy Bissonnette
  • production accountant
    Cheryl Williams
  • production assistant
    Jason Claude
    Kathy Dunphy
    Sophia Geeves
    Henrietta Veerman