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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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SCHR achieves balanced budget

Sun Country Regional Health Authority approved a balanced operating budget for the 2014-15 operating year at its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 28.

The budget incorporates the Region’s vision, health priorities and strategic directions. The approved budget includes planned revenue and expenses totaling $146 million. Although this budget is slightly higher than the previous year, it is considered tight and largely status quo.

“The budget reflects some increases in contracts with primary health doctors, inflation and compensation increases. The Region received approval for a cataract program that is expected to be launched in November.  However, with additions and changes we have also had to make efficiencies to achieve a break-even status,” says Marga Cugnet, CEO, Sun Country Health Region.

The approved operating budget also includes strategic initiative and efficiency priorities, meeting the Ministry of Health targets for workforce optimization best use of staff time, and shared services.

“Although we received targeted increases, the Region was also challenged to implement efficiencies in its operations. The use of lean techniques and initiatives has helped achieve this balanced budget without laying off staff. We are learning how to strategically bend the cost curve and still maintain or improve quality and services.”

“Sun Country Health Region must continue to generate efficiencies in all areas to be able to fund those strategic initiatives that directly benefit patients and residents. We remain focussed on ensuring our long-term programs and services are sustainable.”

“Our operations are also being positively impacted by the improvement efforts underway by staff members and Patient and Family Advisors who are working with us,” says Mrs. Cugnet.

Posted May 30  

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