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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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Facility repairs and upgrades

Sun Country Health Region is spending $2.78 million to make its most pressing infrastructure repairs and safety upgrades, thanks to the government's $1 billion Ready for Growth initiative.

Repairs or upgrades to roofing, flooring and fire alarm systems are among the projects that are planned to proceed this year.

"Replacing outdated safety systems and making basic building repairs are incredibly important to ensure the safety and comfort of patients and health providers," Health Minister Don McMorris said. "The government must protect our multi-billion dollar investment in our 236 publicly-funded health facilities. This year's funding partly addresses the significant backlog of maintenance, repairs and safety systems."

"The new funding for repairs and equipment will allow Sun Country Health Region to make badly-needed upgrades to several health facilities," board Chairperson Earl Kickley said. "We have wanted to make these improvements for some time. Now, thanks to this additional capital funding, we are able to fix problems that had the potential to affect the health and safety of patients and staff."

The 2008-09 provincial budget earmarked $100 million for health region infrastructure. Sun Country Health Region is receiving the increased funding as its annual block funding for capital infrastructure.

Each health region determines its most urgent priorities, and contracts with suppliers to get the work done.

Improvement projects include nurse call systems and security detection systems for wandering residents.

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For more information, contact:
Karen Hill
Communications Branch
Saskatchewan Health
Phone: (306) 787-4083

or Joanne Helmer
Sun Country Health Region

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