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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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New coordinator for parent program

Sun Country Regional Health Authority recently hired a new coordinator for its Parent Mentoring Program.

Laurie Kleppe-Snelling, a social worker who has worked in the field for 15 years, is the new coordinator.

The Parent Mentoring Program, based on a provincial model, is intended to enhance and increase the success of pregnancy, child health and development and parental life choices for parents in this area who request this assistance.

"Studies suggest that caregivers (parents, grandparents, family members) who receive mentoring support gain enhanced self-confidence, parenting skills, and ultimately require less long term help from child and family based services," says Laurie.

"We expect the program to increase parenting knowledge and abilities, continuing education, obtaining employment, learning to access community services, and make responsible and appropriate use of medical services," she says.

The program fills a gap and provides practical support and assistance to people who are pregnant and/or parenting a child to 5 years of age. Caregivers are matched with appropriate volunteer mentors for a period of one year or more, says Laurie.

Mentors provide support, role modelling, information, practical assistance, and friendship to caregivers. These services take place in the home or community at a time that is convenient to the mentor and parent. For interested volunteers, this provides an opportunity to both focus on parenting and help to strengthen families.

Laurie will coordinate pairing volunteer mentors with families, and also provide information to interested groups located within Sun Country Regional Health Authority.

For more information, please contact: Laurie Kleppe-Snelling; Parent Mentoring Program; Sun Country Health Region - Community Health Services Building - 900 Saskatchewan Drive; Weyburn, SK S4H 2Z9; Phone 306-842-8668; Fax: 306-842-8692; Email:

Media: For more information, please contact Laurie Kleppe-Snelling at 842-8668.

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