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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The Sun Country Health Region Medical Health Officer (MHO) is a key member of the Public Health team. The MHO (Dr. Lanre Medu) works with other SCHR staff and health care professionals to plan and implement population and public health programs, including communicable disease control, disease and injury prevention, surveillance, health protection and promotion.

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Interest in the Canadian Listeriosis outbreak continues. The Sun Country Health Region's Medical Health Officer, Dr. Shauna Hudson, has posted some links to reputable and up-to-date information on the outbreak.

Senior citizens and pregnant women are at a greater risk of developing listeriosis and can reduce their risk of becoming infected by following the advice on the following Public Health Agency of Canada websites:

Protecting the Health of Senior Citizens - Click here

Protecting Your Pregnancy - Click here

Recommendations for Health Care Professionals - Link to Consensus Canadian Guidelines for Diagnosis and Management of Listeriosis - Click here

Latest update on Listeriosis outbreak from Public Health Agency of Canada - Click here