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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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Beat the Bite - West Nile Virus Risk Increasing - Protect Yourself!

"The risk for West Nile Virus (WNV) infection is increasing in Sun Country. One of the mosquito surveillance traps has shown that we now have Culex tarsalis mosquitoes that are infected with West Nile Virus in SCHR. We expect the Culex tarsalis mosquitoes will peak in the next couple of weeks and this means the risk for West Nile Virus infection in humans will be increasing and that you need to protect yourself!”

"Enjoying the outdoors this August? Dr. Shauna Hudson, Medical Health Officer for Sun Country Health Region says “Then take precautions to make sure you don’t get bit by mosquitoes”:

  • Make sure that you wear a good insect repellant with DEET and that you follow the directions on the product.
  • The mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus are most active at Dusk and Dawn also in the early evening. They are especially active for two hours after sunset.
  • Clean up around the yard – the Culex tarsalis mosquitoes like tall grasses and weeds and lay eggs in standing water. Make it hard for them – drain all the standing water in your yard. 

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