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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CT scanner

Sun Country Health Region unveiled a regional CT scanner in St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan in early 2016.

About computed tomography (CT)

Computed tomography (CT) is an advanced method of using x-rays from multiple angles to view systems or organs in the body, often providing a three-dimensional view.

CT scans are often used to determine the extent of internal injuries after an accident or other trauma. They are commonly used to view very small bones and surrounding tissues such as muscles and blood vessels. Imaging can be used on all parts of the body to help diagnose internal issues. CT is a key tool immediately following a stroke to determine the best care options and improve chances of recovery.

Why does Sun Country Health Region need CT services?

Patients in southeast Saskatchewan often need to travel to Regina or another location for a CT scan, either because of an injury or to diagnose a medical condition.

The addition of CT services at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan:

  • Improves access for patients in southeastern Saskatchewan;
  • Helps meet increased demand due to population growth;
  • Increases overall capacity for medical imaging services in the province; and
  • Decreases demand for these services in Regina and regional hospitals in southern Saskatchewan.

How is this new service benefitting patients in South East Saskatchewan?

The availability of CT services at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan:

  • Provides patients in southeast Saskatchewan with access to specialized diagnostic services closer to home;
  • Reduces travel time and expense for patients; and
  • Reduces wait times, allowing for quicker diagnosis and treatment.

Quick facts:

  • The number of patients receiving CT service each year in Saskatchewan has increased by 24 per cent since 2008-09, from about 80,000 patients to almost 99,000 patients in 2014-15. There is a further increase of 2.6 per cent for 2015-16, totalling over 101,000 patients.
  • In 2015, over 2,600 patients from Sun Country Health Region were referred to the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region for CT services, with approximately 3,700 exams performed.
  • Approximately 240 patients will be served by the new CT scanner St. Joseph’s Hospital by end of March 2016.
  • It is anticipated the scanner will perform over 4,500 exams in 2016-17