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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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Get your flu vaccine!

Influenza immunization clinics resumed in Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.
The temporary precautionary suspension of influenza immunizations has been lifted.
The influenza vaccines are safe and effective. All clinics that were suspended will be rescheduled. Please watch this site for new dates.
For more information on the lifting of the suspension, go to SaskHealth.
Dr. Shauna Hudson, SCHR Medical Health Officer, strongly recommends seasonal influenza vaccine for everyone but especially those at high risk for complications from influenza.
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 protect themselves and get a flu shot.

Some of the individuals who will benefit most from influenza immunization include:
  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • People with chronic health conditions, weakened immune systems, or severe obesity  
  • Pregnant women (during any trimester)
  • Children from 6 months of age to 59 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 and hospitalization for influenza."

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, and
  • Health care workers, health care students, and health care volunteers.

Dr. Hudson is strongly encouraging all adults 65 years of age and older to get their flu shot. "Getting your flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and decrease your risk of pneumonia and hospitalization. Getting your flu shot protects your grandchildren too – if you don’t get the flu you can’t spread it to them."

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

You can find also out about upcoming flu clinics by calling your local Public Health Office at:

Weyburn Public Health.....842-8618
Estevan Public Health……..637-3626
Carlyle Public Health…….…453-6131
Coronach Public Health....267-5705 
Kipling Public Health.......736-2522
Oxbow Public Health….……483-2313
Radville Public Health.…..869-2555
Redvers Public Health…….452-3464

Dr. Hudson also reminds people not to visit our long term 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 cold and flu 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)


Media: For more information, please contact Joanne Helmer, Communications Coordinator, 842-8353.






























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