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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Physical activity - community based
Community Based Physical Activity
Population Health Promotion aims to strengthen and build capacity among all members of a community, assist in removing barriers to, and creating supportive environments for, participation in physical activity through policy and community design principles.
Population Health Promotion also aims to promote and increase awareness in the community of the health benefits of regular physical activity and to motivate people to become more active.
Saskatchewan In Motion
- Only 15 per cent of Saskatchewan’s children and youth are active enough for health benefits.
- In 1999, about $2.1 billion of the total direct costs to Canada’s health care system was attributable to physical inactivity.
- A family that walks two miles a day instead of driving will, in one year, prevent 730 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
Active Healthy Kids Canada:
Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
Saskatchewan Supplement to Report Card on Physical Activity
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Weyburn’s Walkable and Livable Community Project
In August, 2010, Weyburn In Motion, in conjunction with Saskatchewan In Motion, Sun Country Health Region and the Regional Intersectoral Committee, conducted a three-day workshop with renowned community consultant Dan Burden.
The intent was to assist the City of Weyburn with future urban planning, to make Weyburn even more suited to “Active Transportation,” and therefore encourage walking, cycling, jogging and an active lifestyle for residents.
Dan Burden started the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute in 2009 to assist cities throughout the world in becoming more walkable, bicycle friendly, sustainable, socially engaged, and welcoming places by improving the built form.
Through on-site assessments, expert review of current projects, workshops, and a community presentation, Dan engaged city planners, business owners, community members and leaders in learning how to successfully rebuild residential blocks, neighborhoods and city to support a more walkable concept.
Dan’s report will be available soon.
Link to Walkable and livable Communities institute: http://www.walklive.org/
For more information contact:
Regional Health Promotion Coordinator
Weyburn, SK S4H 2Z9