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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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SCRHA approves balanced budget

Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCRHA) has approved a balanced annual operating budget of $111 million for the 2008-09 fiscal year. This is a $1.9 million increase over the 2007-08 budget, or 3.4 per cent.

"Our 2008-09 budget reflects SCRHA's commitment to providing services and programs in our communities at levels consistent to those offered last year," says Earl Kickley, Chairperson of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority Board of Directors.

"We will continue to face service and financial challenges in 2008-09 due to shortages of human resources which equates into increased efforts around recruitment and retention, the rising costs of meeting patient and workplace safety standards, increased program and infection control requirements, and competitive open market pricing pressures on energy, equipment, facility maintenance, transportation, medical/general supplies and information technology infrastructure investments," he said.

The cost of operating Sun Country Health Region's new renal dialysis unit in St. Joseph's Hospital is now part of SCRHA's budget.

The 2008-09 operating budget allows SCRHA to continue to meet the health needs of the 53,000 residents living in the Region. SCRHA directs approximately 83 per cent of its operating budget toward salaries and benefits for almost 2,300 employees.

"Our 2008-09 budget keeps us on track to achieving our vision of Healthy people in Healthy Communities" says Mr. Kickley.

Media: For more information, please call Cal Tant, CEO, Sun Country Regional Health Authority at 842-8737.


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