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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: http://tinyurl.com/nn6b95d 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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Anthrax

Anthrax was reported in three farm locations in Sun Country Health Region in August, 2010. Deaths from the naturally-occurring anthrax have been reported in bison, cattle and horses. 

Cases of naturally-occurring anthrax in animals are reported every year in Canada including sporadic cases in Saskatchewan. These animal cases pose minimal risk to the public.

Anthrax spores can survive in the environment for long periods. Periods of flooding can move spores up to the soil surface, and drying of wet areas will expose spores to grazing livestock. When animals graze on soil where spores are present, they can ingest the bacteria directly from the soil or from plants.

For more information about anthrax, please check out the web sites below or call the Public Health Inspector Supervisor at 842-8623:

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA):
 http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/disemala/anthchar/anthchare.shtml
 http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/disemala/anthchar/situatione.shtml

Saskatchewan Ministry of Health:
http://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/diseases-and-conditions/anthrax

Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture – Frequently Asked Questions:
 http://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/Anthrax_FAQs