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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: http://tinyurl.com/nn6b95d 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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West Nile virus-infected Mosquitoes reported

West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes have been found in one of the mosquito traps in Sun Country Health Region (SCHR).

Residents of SCHR need to take extra precautions the rest of the summer to decrease their risk of West Nile virus (WNV) infection, warns Sun Country Health Region’s Medical Health Officer, Dr. Shauna Hudson.

"We are expecting to see infected mosquitos in several of our traps in the coming weeks," she says.

The numbers of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes being caught in the mosquito surveillance traps in SCHR have increased and peaked over the last two weeks.

"Now, with confirmed WNV infected mosquitoes it is important to use precautions to prevent WNV infection," she says.

Check out the Ministry of Health WNV risk rating for SCHR at http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/west-nile-risk.

“People can reduce their risk by getting rid of mosquito-friendly places in their yards and by taking personal precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes in the places where they live, work and play,” she says.

“People who work outside and families who are out camping and enjoying parks and lakes throughout southern Saskatchewan need to make sure they take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, especially at dusk and dawn.”

To decrease the risk of West Nile virus infection, Dr. Hudson is advising residents to take precautions to reduce their exposure to West Nile virus throughout the rest of the summer. 

Dr. Hudson recommends people follow the “FIVE Ds.”

FIVE Ds:

  1. Wear a good insect repellant with DEET. Apply according to directions.
  2. DRAIN standing water. Mosquitoes require water to complete their life cycle. Eliminate or reduce all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs like wading pools, wheelbarrows, containers, eavestroughs, rain downspouts and gutters, pet dishes and birdbaths, etc. Reduce places in your yard where adult mosquitoes can thrive like tall grasses and weeds.
  3. Avoid going out during DUSK and DAWN. The mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus are most active at dawn and dusk and also in the early evening. They are especially active for two hours after sunset.
  4. DRESS appropriately. Wear long sleeves and long pants (wear light-weight clothing to minimize the potential for heat-induced illnesses). Mosquitoes may be more attracted to individuals wearing perfumes and colognes.
  5. Mosquito-proof your home. Make sure that DOORS and windows have tight fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes. 

The mosquito surveillance program in Sun Country Health Region began early in June using mosquito traps that have been set up in three communities within the Region

The Ministry of Health assigns a WNV risk on a weekly basis in the summer. The risk in SCHR is now rated as “moderate.”

 See http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/west-nile-risk for more information about West Nile Virus Risk levels.

For more information on West Nile Virus, go to the:

 Posted July 25. Updated Aug. 11.

 

 

 

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