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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Citizens living in Sun Country Health Region can check the air quality in different areas of the province (Regina / South; Saskatoon / Central; or Prince Albert / North) by visiting the Environment Canada Air Quality Health Index at:

When air quality changes, for example with forest fires, people need to see if they are at risk for health impacts. Check out your risk by going to:

People who have heart or lung conditions may experience breathing difficulties when air quality changes and should take precautions. Information about the precautions you should take to minimize the impact on your health for different air quality levels can be found at this Environment Canada site. This site also has information and precautions for the general public:

If you have any questions about outdoor air quality, call your local Public Health Inspector.

For specific questions about your health condition, speak to your doctor or call HealthLine for 24 hour health advice at 1-877-899-0002

December 2015

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