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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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Flu clinics begin

Influenza immunization clinics for the public began all across Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

SCHR strongly recommends seasonal influenza vaccine for everyone. The Region’s priority in the initial weeks of the program is to protect the people who are most at risk for complications from influenza but everyone is encouraged to get a flu shot.

Individuals who will benefit most from influenza immunization include:

  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • People with chronic health conditions or severe obesity
  • Pregnant women (during any trimester)
  • Residents of nursing homes or other care facilities
  • Children from 6 months of age to 23 months of age

Dr. Shauna Hudson, Medical Health Officer for SCHR says “we also want to protect the family members and contacts of the individuals listed above so they don’t spread influenza to the people most at risk for complications.”

The other groups that are also a priority for immunization include:

  • Household members and close contacts of infants under 6 months of age,
  • Child care and day care workers who provide care to children younger than 2 years of age, and
  • Health care workers, health care students, and health care volunteers.

Check out all the dates and locations of influenza immunization clinics in SCHR at:

You can find also out about upcoming flu clinics by checking out the Events Calendar on the SCHR home page at or by calling your local Public Health Office at:

Weyburn Public Health  - 842-8618
Estevan Public Health   - 637-3626
Carlyle Public Health    -  453-6131
Coronach                    - 869-2555
Kipling Public Health    -   736-2522  
Oxbow Public Health    - 483-2313 
Radville Public Health   -  869-2555 
Redvers Health Centre - 452-3464

Dr. Hudson also reminds people not to visit long term care facilities when they have a cold or influenza.

“People can decrease the risk of spreading influenza and other respiratory infections by not visiting long term care residents when they have influenza symptoms,” she says.

In addition to getting the flu shot, the public can also help prevent the spread of influenza to friends and family by using proper handwashing techniques. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer and use cough etiquette (sneezing into your sleeve).

Posted oct 12.

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