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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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Sun Country receives accreditation status

Sun Country Regional Health Authority has received commendations and a three-year accreditation standing from the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation (CCHSA), after a one week survey this spring.

The Region received recommendations that will help staff focus on improvement activities to enhance the quality of care and services provided to patients, residents and clients. The CCHSA stated that the recommendations "aim to support your continued improvement efforts."

"It is because of the hard work and dedication of our staff that we continue to provide a high level of care to our patients, residents, and clients," said Chief Executive Officer Lee Spencer.

The Region was commended in the area of health promotion and protection through strong community and provincial partnerships, palliative care, and the falls prevention program. Some areas for improvement include measuring meaningful health "markers" to ensure quality of care, replacing or rebuilding physical plants and structures in some of the older facilities, and involving more staff and patients in the accreditation process.

"The accreditation survey uses outside surveyors who compare how we rate in comparison to national standards of excellence," said Mark Pettitt, Accreditation Coordinator for the Sun Country Health Region. The Health Region was assessed on four major dimensions of quality: responsiveness, system competency, client/community focus, and work life."

The survey took place from May 8-13, 2005 and involved a six-person survey team from across Canada. The survey team toured most of the facilities, interviewed patients, conducted focus groups with community partners, patients, and staff, and interviewed the region's 11 Continuous Quality Improvement teams.

This is the Sun Country Health Region's first accreditation. Each of the three former Districts that made up the region when it amalgamated in 2002 had accreditation status. The next accreditation survey will be conducted in 2008.

For more information, please call Chief Executive Officer Lee Spencer at 842-8737

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