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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Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Competency Tools

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice competency tools include learning modules aimed at assisting Internationally Educated Health Professionals (IEHPs) to learn about interprofessional collaboration (IPC) in Canada and acquire skills to practice it. Interprofessional collaboration is important for Canadian-educated health professionals as well and it is part of their studies and the entry-to-practice competencies.

Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC) involves “working together with one or more members of the health team who each make a unique contribution to achieving a common goal, enhancing the benefit of patients. It is a process for communication and decision making that enables the separate and shared knowledge and skills of different care providers to synergistically influence the care provided through changed attitudes and behaviors, all the while emphasizing patient-centred goals and values.” (Health Canada 2010)


Communication and Cultural Competence Orientation Program

The Communication and Cultural Competence orientation program provides physicians with comprehensive information about Canadian medical practice, and in particular the communication skills and cultural competencies required for patient-centered care.  The free, online self-education program provided by the Medical Council of Canada is based on case studies that give examples of everyday medical practice in Canada, covering topics such as geriatrics, mental health, cross-cultural communication, intraprofessional teamwork, indigenous health, etc.

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English Language Training

Southeast Regional College offers free English as an Additional Language classes in Weyburn, Estevan, Moosomin, Assiniboia, Ogema, and Oxbow.  Click here to view details and register.

LINC Home Study is a free English language training program for eligible newcomers to Canada who cannot attend regular classes. The LINC curriculum allows students to learn about Canada and the Canadian way of life while learning English. Students study online or by correspondence and work one-on-one with a TESL certified teacher each week.  LINC Home Study is funded by Citizenship & Immigration Canada and delivered by the Centre for Education & Training through LEAD (Language Education at a Distance).

English Pronunciation Improvement Course (EPIC) - Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration is offering a free online English Pronunciation Improvement Course (EPIC) for immigrants at a Canadian language Benchmark level 8 or higher. For more information or to register, visit provides thousands of pages of free information and resources for both teachers and students. All materials are organized by skill and level for quick and easy access. For more information, visit