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Nutrition Tips Winter 2015

Children who have meals with their family not only eat better and are healthier; they learn to socialize and do better in school. Family meals give a time and place to keep up with what is going on with everyone, help each other out, and tell family stories. Enjoying family meals help to keep food in its place as only one of life's great pleasures. Pay attention to the food and enjoy it when it is time to eat, forget about it between times. A rushed morning without breakfast can make eating well challenging. Try these quick breakfast ideas: A long afternoon commute can make eating well challenging. Pack a snack for the afternoon before your ride so you aren’t over hungry when you get home. Healthy food choices at home and at school can help students do better in school and be healthier over all. Part of learning about healthy eating is practicing. If your children’s’ school does not teach food preparation, ask your school administration how you can help to support offering classes. Snack foods like chips, candy, and pop fill children up, but don’t supply any of the nutrition they need to grow and learn. These foods should not be offered in school. Help the school community council and school administration in your children’s school to promote healthy foods in the school.

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SCHR adopts new program

Sun Country Health Region has adopted a new, Patient First program called Releasing Time to Care (RTC) that will assist nursing staff to spend more time with patients.

The program will be implemented over the next 18 months on the medical/surgical ward at the Weyburn General Hospital and will be spread initially to all centres providing acute care in the Region.

Releasing Time to Care is about staff creating sustainable quality improvements, and releasing time for nurses to spend on more direct patient care.  

The Releasing Time to Care (RTC) program was developed in the United Kingdom with dramatic results. It has been adopted by the Health Quality Council in Saskatchewan to assist Health Regions in enhancing the patient care experience.

Over the summer, staff members on the medical/surgical ward at Weyburn General Hospital are learning about the program and how they can use it to improve patient care within their specific work environment.  

“We are extremely pleased to work with the Health Quality Council to implement this program,” says Marga Cugnet, Vice President Primary and Integrated Health.

“Sun Country Health Region wants to improve the patient experience. One of the ways to do that is to increase the time nurses can spend with their patients. We are confident our staff will run with this program and we will all benefit.”

The ultimate goal of Releasing Time to Care is to reduce time spent on wasted activities like searching for medical equipment, duplicated paperwork, and improving communication between staff and patients and their families.

“The essence of the program is teamwork,” ways Mrs. Cugnet. “It’s about front-line workers gathering and analyzing evidence, and working together to improve their environment and their activities.”

Posted July 23.


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