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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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Hi-Risk Influenza Vaccination Clinics Start October 15th

Pregnant women are now included in Saskatchewan's publicly-funded immunization program which begins Monday, October 15 in Sun Country Health Region (SCHR).

Free immunization is available to all individuals in SCHR who have an increased risk of influenza-related complications. This includes pregnant women, adults over 65 years of age, residents of long-term care facilities, children six months to 23 months of age, and people with certain chronic health conditions.

For children aged 6 to 23 months of age receiving their first influenza immunization a second dose is required one month later and this will be available until March 31, 2008. Please check with your local Public Health Office for these clinic dates.

Pregnant women are encouraged to receive the flu shot. Dr. Shauna Hudson says "Pregnant women are more likely than non-pregnant women to require medical care and hospitalization for flu-related complications, should they develop influenza."

"The influenza vaccine is safe at any stage of a woman's pregnancy," says SCHR's Medical Health Officer, Dr. Shauna Hudson.

Dr. Hudson says it is also important that young children, especially those between six months and 23 months of age, receive the flu shot.
Dr. Hudson reports that children in this age group are more likely to be hospitalized if they get the flu than older children.

If you are interested in receiving a flu shot but are not eligible for the publicly-funded vaccine, talk to your physician or public health nurse about purchasing an influenza vaccination. Starting October 29, local public health offices will also be holding clinics for the general public.

Dr. Hudson recommends "that all Saskatchewan adults receive a flu shot from their public health nurse or physician to protect themselves, their friends and families from influenza this winter and reminds people that frequent hand washing also reduces the spread of influenza."

Residents eligible for the free flu shots will not be reimbursed if they purchase their vaccine outside the public program.

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