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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Breastfeeding is the normal and healthiest way to feed babies.  Breastfeeding is natural but it takes time for mothers and babies to learn the skill. 

It may take even six weeks or more to get breastfeeding established. Support is available to get you off to a good start and to help you continue to breastfeed into the second year and beyond. 

Breast milk provides the best nutrition for healthy growth and development for the first six months of life. It protects against diarrhea, ear infections and other infections. 

Mothers benefit from breastfeeding because it helps them return to a healthy weight and it may reduce the risk of certain illnesses such as breast cancer.  

How can you help breastfeeding mothers in your community?

  • Support all breastfeeding mothers in your community to breastfeed as necessary in community facilities and at community functions.
  • Encourage business and facilities to provide clean and comfortable spaces where women can breastfeed in private if they so desire.
  • Breastfeeding is supported by human rights legislation. Employers have a duty to accommodate breastfeeding mothers when they return to work. For more information see the Saskatchewan Department of Labour booklet, Pregnancy, Parenting and the Workplace available from: 

Breastfeeding is natural but it takes time and mothers need support in their breastfeeding efforts from their families, communities and health care providers.

For more information contact your local Public Health Nurse: 

  • Weyburn Public Health     306-842-8618
  • Coronach Public Health    306-267-5705
  • Radville Public Health      306-869-2555
  • Kipling Public Health        306-736-2522
  • Carlyle Public Health        306-453-6131
  • Redvers Public Health      306-452-4020
  • Oxbow Public Health        306-483-2313
  • Estevan Public Health       306-637-3626