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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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Renovated X-Ray Department re-opens

 The renovated x-ray department at the Redvers Health Centre re-opened on schedule on Friday, Dec. 5.

The department has been closed since late October for installation of a high technology x-ray unit to improve patient care.

The new Computed Radiography (CR) equipment will digitalize the image on a computer and allows the technician/physician to enhance the image for optimum quality. The image is produced very quickly and then is stored on the computer. The images can be viewed via computer at a later date.

The chemical-free process offers a healthier work place for technicians and the environment.

The x-ray unit comes with a suspended ceiling tube which has the ability to provide easier movement of the tube for better views for the x-ray examination and the x-ray table is adjustable, making it easier for patients and technicians to access.

Karen Ochitwa, Regional Director, Medical Imaging, says the CR equipment is a step closer towards the Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) that is being implemented throughout Saskatchewan.

"The CR will eventually allow images from Redvers to be sent to specialists, radiologists, and other health care professionals via computer networking," she says.

"This will result in faster turn around times in reporting, and treatment of the patient. When the province is prepared to connect Redvers to the PACS network, we will be equipment-ready," says Ochitwa.

"We are delighted with this new equipment," says Myrna Peterson, Community Health Services Manager for Redvers Health Centre.

"The renovations went smoothly and according to the schedule. We apologize for the inconvenience this fall but we are happy to have the latest technology for our patients physicians, and staff," she says.

The total cost of the project was over $365,000, with the Ministry of Health providing $167, 558 in funding.

The balance of the equipment/renovation costs of over $197,000 have been shared between the Sun Country Health Region and the Redvers Health Foundation.

Media: For more information, please call Marga Cugnet, Vice President Primary and Integrated Health for Sun Country Health Region at 842-8729.

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