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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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New program to help protect your heart

Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) is pleased to announce it is once again offering a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. The program began in December 2011 and is available to those with existing heart conditions or those who are at high risk for developing heart disease.

The program is designed to help people learn to live with their heart-related condition and how they can reduce the risks of developing a more serious problem in the future.

A need to review the program became evident in 2010-11. Clients accessing services at Regina General Hospital for heart-related care were being advised to attend a cardiac rehabilitation program when they returned to SCHR. In the last two years, almost 200 SCHR residents who underwent a heart procedure, like bypass surgery, angioplasty or stent-insertion, could have benefited from the program. 

Through the program, clients can find answers to questions like what is heart disease, how to reduce their risk factors, how food and nutrition affects heart health, and what kinds of medication, exercise and relaxation will help manage their chronic disease.

The program is based on the Heart Manual. The manual is a flexible, self-management program. It is individualized to allow clients to learn about heart disease at their own pace.

The manual also provides information on a wide variety of topics related to heart disease and helps clients learn to create action plans for themselves to achieve their lifestyle goals. It also provides information for family members and caregivers of those with a heart-related conditions.

At this time, the cardiac program accepts only those clients who are referred by Regina General Hospital. SCHR will expand the program in future to include all clients with heart-related health issues.

For more information, please call the Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator, Lillian Ly at 306-848-2160 or

Posted March 2 


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