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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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Come Get Your Flu Vaccine - New clinics scheduled

There are two ways to get your flu vaccine in Sun Country Health Region:

1. Make an appointment - most influenza immunizations in SCHR are being done by appointment. Please call your local Public Health office to make an  appointment. 

        OR

2. Visit one of our FluMist drop-in clinics: 
       - Thursday, Feb. 6, Weyburn Square Mall, Weyburn, 4 -7 p.m.

      - Thursday, Feb. 6, Redvers Health Centre, Public Health Office, 6:30-8:30 p.m.   

       -Thursday, Feb. 6, Carlyle Community Health, 6:15-7:15 p.m. 

       -  Friday, Feb. 7, Radville Public Health 2-4 p.m.

      - Saturday, Feb. 8, St. Joseph's Hospital, Estevan, 10- 1 p.m.

Please note that FluMist is licensed for use in Canada for people from two to 59 years of age. It is not recommended for children under two, pregnant women, and people who are immuno-compromised.

The province is expanding the availability of flu vaccine to all people between two and 59 years of age who are eligible to receive FluMist. A large segment of Saskatchewan's population will again have access to influenza immunizations, following the arrival of more FluMist vaccine. 

Dr. Shauna Hudson, Medical Health Officer for Sun Country Health Region, reminds the public that in addition to vaccination, people can help protect themselves against influenza through frequent handwashing, coughing and sneezing into their sleeve, cleaning surfaces often and staying at home when sick.

Saskatchewan's remaining supplies of injectable vaccine are being reserved for infants, pregnant women and persons with compromised immune systems. Injectable vaccine will also now be made available to residents 60 and over, supplies permitting.

More injectable vaccine is expected in early February, and will be used for persons who are unable to get vaccinated with FluMist.

FluMist is licensed for use in Canada for people from two to 59 years of age. It is not recommended for children under two, pregnant women, and people who are immuno-compromised.

FluMist is also not recommended for health care workers who provide care to patients with severe immune-compromised conditions who require hospitalization in a protective environment.

Residents can check health region websites or call HealthLine 811 to find out when and where vaccinations will be available locally. Health regions will offer vaccinations by appointment or on a drop-in basis, depending on operational needs.

Additional information about influenza cases is available here: http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/influenza-flu 

Saskatchewan Health, in partnership with the regional health authorities, has implemented plans to ensure the current influenza vaccine supplies are used as effectively as possible.

For the most up to date information on the influenza and the eligibility groups check out this Saskatchewan Health web page - http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/influenza-flu.

If you want to receive the flu vaccine, please call your local Public Health office to make an appointment for an influenza immunization.

Public Health Nurses in SCHR can be reached at:

Estevan Public Health     637-3626
Weyburn Public Health   842-8618
Kipling Public Health       736-2522
Redvers Public Health    452-4020
Carlyle Public Health      453-6131
Coronach Public Health  267-5705 or 869-2555
Radville Public Health      869-2555
Oxbow Public Health      483-2313 

All flu immunizations in Sun Country Health Region are to be arranged by appointment only, with a Public Health Nurse.

Please call Healthline at 811 if you have questions about influenza. People who experience respiratory problems should see a doctor.

Updated January 30, 2014

 

 

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