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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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National Immunization Week

Immunization saves lives!  

Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) has one of the highest rates of immunization coverage in Saskatchewan.

Over 81 per cent of two-year old children and 95 per cent of seven year old children in SCHR have been immunized for measles, mumps, and rubella, for instance, compared with just over 85 per cent and for the province as a whole.

Over 92 per cent of two year old children and 91 per cent of seven year old children in the Region have been immunized for meningococcal meningitis, for instance, compared with just over 85 per cent for the province as a whole.

Those are important statistics to note during National Immunization Awareness Week in Canada, from April 23 to April 30, 2011.

Being immunized is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community against many serious communicable diseases.

A century ago, because of infectious disease, many children never reached their first birthday. Today, almost all the same infectious diseases exist, but members of the public are protected by immunization.

It’s important for everyone to be immunized. As more people are immunized, the risk of a serious vaccine-preventable disease is reduced for everyone.  

During National Immunization Awareness Week in Canada, the public is encouraged to learn more about how to protect themselves against vaccine-preventable disease.

The Canadian Immunization Guide recommends that routine immunizations begin at two months of age and continue through all stages of life.

“It is critically important that parents make sure their children receive all doses of the recommended vaccines. Otherwise they are at risk of some very serious diseases; recent measles cases in Saskatchewan and in Canada emphasize the importance of getting immunized,” says Dr. Shauna Hudson, Medical Health Officer for Sun Country Health Region.

“Infants are particularly vulnerable to diseases since they have not yet developed immunity to bacteria and viruses that cause diseases. Immunization triggers their immune systems to be prepared to protect them from these serious diseases,” she says.

Although receiving immunizations during childhood is critical, some vaccines do not provide lifelong immunity and therefore a booster (helper) dose is required to maintain immunity. Tetanus (lockjaw) is one example of a vaccine where a booster is required every 10 years.

One of the recent vaccine initiatives in Saskatchewan has been to reduce the spread of pertussis (whooping cough) to vulnerable infants and young children who may not yet be fully immunized by giving a Tdap vaccine (Tetanus Diphtheria acellular Pertussis) booster to new mothers and fathers.

Immunizations save lives so let’s keep up the immunization coverage rates in Sun Country Health Region! Help protect yourself, your family, and your community by ensuring your immunizations are up to date.

Spread the word and be vaccinated!

In 2010, a grade 6 student from Estevan won the National Immunization Poster Contest with this terrific poster.

Copies of this poster can be ordered from this link:

For more information on vaccines and immunization programs and immunization week call the local Public Health Nurse and visit the following websites:

Saskatchewan Ministry of Health

Canadian Coalition for Immunization Awareness and Promotion

Caring for Kids

Canadian Pediatric Society 

Local Public Health Office Contact Information:

Estevan Public Health       637-3626
Weyburn Public Health      842-8618
Kipling Public Health        736-2522
Redvers Public Health       452-3464
Carlyle Public Health        453-6131
Coronach Public Health     267-5705
Radville Public Health       869-2555
Oxbow Public Health         483-2313 

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