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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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Audit results

Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) completed a full audit of health care facilities and programs during the first week of November to determine if syringes are re-used. The audit was completed on Friday Nov. 7. No additional facilities or programs were identified.

The regional audit was requested on October 29 by SCHR Medical Health Officer Dr. Shauna Hudson after similar discoveries were announced about one Alberta health facility. It was followed by a requirement for an audit from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health on Oct 31.

SCHR has instructed all health care personnel that, in all circumstances (including administration of medication to intravenous lines), syringes are to be used for one patient only and then discarded after use.

It is important to understand that the actual risk of acquiring an infection in this manner is extremely low. Some expert groups have put the risk at one in a million.

Patients won't likely be tested unless a committee of experts looking into the risk factors deems testing is necessary.

Individuals who may have questions or concerns are encouraged to contact a registered nurse at Healthline at 1-877-800-0002 or on the Internet at

SCHR regrets any anxiety this situation may have caused our patients, staff and physicians.

Media: For more information, please call Cal Tant, CEO, SCHR, at 842-8737.

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