Let’s Talk Brantford Health and Wellness Podcast

Let’s Talk is a biweekly podcast that answers health and lifestyle questions from residents in Brantford, Brant and Six Nations.

Hosts Mandy and Zile use their knowledge and connections to provide resources and information local residents need to know.

If you ever feel overwhelmed by all the health and lifestyle information out there, Zile and Mandy can help you get started!

If you have a health or lifestyle question you would like answered, please fill out the Let’s Talk Question Submission Form.


Mandy Samwell works as a Community Health Broker with The Brant County Health Unit. She values her work within the health system and as the President of Eagle Place Community Association, and how that work plays a role in community building. You’ve probably seen her around as she spends most of her time out in the Brantford Community. When not out and about, she keeps her mind sharp by reading mysteries, painting and playing video games.

Zile Ozols works in the Programming Department at the Brantford Public Library. She is a sci/fi horror reader, house builder, maker, and amateur vegetable gardener. Her passion for working for the community with the community drives her personal and professional decisions. Every day she endeavors to drink more water.


Episode 3

In Episode 3 we discuss mosquitoes, ticks, and sugar. Be sure to check out the resources we mention: resources about sugar, sugar substitutes, and artificial sweeteners recommended by a BCHU Dietician;  information about West Nile Virus (scroll down for solutions for standing water) and symptoms of WNV; learn about Lyme disease, the symptoms, and precautions to take, how to properly remove a tick, what a black-legged deer tick looks like, and send a photo to identify a tick.

Episode 2

In Episode 2 we discuss sun and heat safety, vitamins and minerals, and positivity and optimism. Be sure to check out the resources we mention: Canada Food Guide; Unlockfood.ca: Vitamins; Canadian Cancer Society: Sun safety facts; UV rays; Sun-savvy quiz; Indoor tanning

Episode 1

In Episode 1 we introduce ourselves and the podcast, and discuss water, nutritional labels, and healthy eating habits. Be sure to check out the resources we mention: Canada Food Guide; Unlockfood.ca; Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000


The content in this podcast is for informational purposes only, please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions or any medical issues that you may be having.