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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 salutes Mental Health Week

Sun Country Health Region is pleased to participate in the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) Mental Health Week from May 2-8, 2016.

“Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) works in partnership with the CMHA and we applaud the organization for focusing each year on specific aspects of the care for people with mental illness,” says Janice Giroux, Vice President, Community Services, SCHR.

This year’s focus is on reducing the discrimination and stigma attached to mental illness and asking the public to raise awareness and build support for people who need care and treatment.  

SCHR will use the week to increase awareness of many supportive programs, in particular a program called Changeways. This program is offered as an educational group therapy protocol designed to introduce clients to basic psychological self-care concepts. The program provides clients with instruction in a variety of problem-solving and lifestyle management skills, such as learning to cope with issues such as anxiety. The program also emphasizes specific, research-based strategies for dealing with life problems and transforming them into goals for change. The signs, symptoms, and causes of depression and the effects of diet, exercise, sleep habits, caffeine, and drugs and alcohol will also be covered.

Changeways is provided most often to clients experiencing depression, dysthymia, bipolar II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and adjustment disorder. It has also been offered to clients experiencing major life stressors or transitions such as retirement, immigration, and dealing with chronic illness. The program helps to support learning to think in a more balanced and realistic manner.

People can refer themselves to the program by calling Mental Health Services 306-842-8665 or toll free 1-800-216-7689.


More information about mental health services in SCHR is available on the Region’s web page at

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