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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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SCHR Expanding H1N1 Vaccination Clinics

Sun Country Health Region is expanding the groups of people who are eligible to attend clinics for H1N1 immunization beginning on Thursday, Nov. 12.

The groups include:

1.  Immunocompromised individuals of any age, specifically:

    • Cancer chemotherapy patient
    • Cancer radiotherapy patient
    • Chronic renal failure
    • Hemodialysis
    • Leukemia
    • Lymphoma
    • Transplants (Solid organ, bone marrow, etc.)
    • HIV / AIDS
    • Other severe immunodeficiency disorders or on immunosuppressive therapy (e.g. high dose steroids, Remicaide, etc.

2.  People aged 10 to 35 with specific medical risk factors
that may compromise the person's ability to fight infection and avoid complications (other than immunosuppression as listed above):

    • Diabetes and endocrine disorders
    • Neurological disorders
    • Chronic heart diseases
    • Chronic lung diseases
    • Asthma
    • Morbid obesity
    • Cancer patients (other than leukemia or lymphoma and not on chemotherapy)
    • Non white cell haematological disorders (e.g. sickle cell disease) and other blood disorders
    • Kidney diseases
    • Liver diseases
    • Neurologic disorders
    • Others (not yet specified) other medical issues that may compromise the person's ability to fight infection and avoid complications.

3. Primary caregivers of child younger than 6 months of age (two per child)

4. Caregivers at day care involved in direct care of children in the under 6 month age group.

The above groups expands on the previous list of groups who should visit the nearest H1N1 immunization clinic, including children aged 6 months up to 5 years, children from Kindergarten to Grade 6,  pregnant women, and women up to four weeks post partum, and health care workers.

“We are expanding the individuals who are eligible for H1N1 immunization based on the priority groups and sequencing from the Ministry of Health based on the vaccine supply available and our regional planning,” says Janice Giroux, Vice President of Community Health for Sun Country Health Region.

“We want to protect those most at risk for complication from H1N1 first,” says Dr. Shauna Hudson, Medical Health Officer for Sun Country Health Region.

Dr. Shauna Hudson says it was important to add to the list the caregivers of children younger than six months old because infants that young cannot be immunized. “To protect them, we wanted to immunize their caregivers.” 

Please check the website frequently as the most up-to-date clinic information and information about the people eligible for vaccination can be found there. Go to:


Media: For more information, please contact Joanne Helmer, Communications Coordinator, Sun Country Health Region, 842-8353

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