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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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H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) monitored

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and public health officials across the province are aware of the severe respiratory illness reported in Mexico and the southern United States.
Saskatchewan public health is closely monitoring the situation and physicians in Saskatchewan have been notified to ask patients presenting with influenza symptoms about their travel history.
"There is still a significant amount of regular seasonal influenza circulating in parts of Mexico so even if you have returned with the flu, you don't need to be alarmed," Provincial Chief Medical Health Officer Moira McKinnon said.
"However, because we want to be vigilant in our monitoring process, we would ask that anyone who has returned from Mexico and becomes ill shortly after to contact their medical professional."
Saskatchewan is working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada to monitor and respond to the situation as required.
People with questions or concerns are encouraged to call Healthline at 1-877-800-0002.
People are reminded the best way to reduce the spread of influenza is to practise good habits like frequent hand washing, and coughing and sneezing into the elbow, rather than hands.

For more information on influenza and self-care visit the Saskatchewan Health website at  

Flu self-help:

For more information, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website for travel safety : and for Human Swine Influenza:

For more information on H1N1 Influenza, visit the U.S. Centre for Disease Control at:

World Health Organization site with the number of confirmed cases in each country

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