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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Parent Mentoring Program

About the Program

The Parent Mentoring Program of Saskatchewan (PMPS) is a confidential home-visiting based, outreach program for parents who are pregnant or parenting newborn to 5 year old children. There are 16 PMP sites across the province. In Sun Country Health Region the program connects participants throughout the region with the Parent Mentoring Coordinator who provides regular guidance and support in the participant’s home at no cost to the participant.

Why Are We Here?

The Parent Mentoring Program strengthens families by providing support, encouragement, and information with the goals of improving pregnancy outcomes, enhancing healthy childhood development and improving parental skills and life choices.  We support parents be the best parent they can be.

How Can We Help?

The Parent Mentoring Program addresses overall family health including physical, social, intellectual, and emotional well-being.  The coordinator can assist with parenting skills, healthy lifestyle practices, safe environments and child development issues by problem solving, sharing knowledge, resources and helping access other services. Specific support is determined by parent’s goals.

Parent Mentoring Program Volunteers
The Parent Mentoring Program also recruits volunteer parent mentors to serve as role models, friends, supporters, and companions to participants in the program. Volunteers should have experience with children and have an understanding of young adults, typically obtained through life experiences, employment, or other volunteer activities. Volunteers are screened, orientated, trained, supported, and recognized by the program.

How to Access the Parent Mentoring Program

Referrals are accepted from physicians, social workers, teachers/principals, counselors, clergy members, health nurses, or other community agencies. Participants may also refer themselves to the program. Participant and volunteer applications can be found online at or by contacting the Parent Mentoring Program Coordinator at 306-842-8668 or 306-891-8760.



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