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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Hantavirus disease is a rare, but potentially fatal infection. It is transmitted to people when they inhale airborne particles contaminated by the urine, droppings, or saliva of infected deer mice.

People are reminded that deer mice are present all across Saskatchewan and that they should avoid exposure to rodents. People need to take precautions in their homes, their workplaces, and when they are enjoying the outdoors during camping and other summer activities (e.g. cleaning out buildings/cottages closed through the winter, camping, moving woodpiles, etc.).

Preventing rodent infestations, identifying possible sources of rodent infestation, and following proper procedures for the clean-up of rodent infestations at home and at work to minimize contact to rodents and exposures to contaminated airborne particles will reduce the risk of Hantavirus infection.

Guidelines for the prevention of Hantavirus for workers and the public can be found here: 

For additional detailed information about cleaning up after rodents:

If a person develops symptoms like fever, muscle aches, cough, and shortness of breath within one to six weeks after exposure to mouse-infested areas, they need to seek urgent medical attention.

For more information about how to protect yourself and decrease your exposure to Hantavirus, please contact one of the SCHR Public Health Inspectors by:

For more information on Hantavirus, go to 

See the Ministry of Health news release for more information. The Ministry of Health reports that as of June 24, 2014 that since 1994 there have been 27 cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome reported in Saskatchewan with the most recent case in 2014:

You can also click here - Public Health Inspector - for more general information.