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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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Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Who are they?

A Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse with extra education and experience. They work within an interprofessional collaborative team.

What can they do?

  • Provide quality care to patients. 
  • Work together with other health care providers.  
  • Refer to specialists.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Order diagnostic tests.
  • Diagnose and treat chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, etc.
  • Diagnose and treat acute conditions such as bladder infections, ear infections, colds, childhood illnesses, etc.
  • Perform physical exams including pap tests.
  • Treat injuries.
  • Suture cuts.

Where do they work?

  • Community Clinics.
  • Primary Health Centers.
  • Nursing Homes.
  • Hospitals.
  • Emergency Rooms.

What are the benefits of having a Nurse Practitioner in your community?

  • Nurse Practitioners provide a unique blend of healing and prevention.
  • Nurse Practitioners include you as a member of the team and work with you to achieve your health goals.
  • Nurse Practitioners work with your community to develop strategies for improving health in the community such as literacy programs, exercise promotion, safety educations, etc.
  • Nurse practitioners help communities assess their own needs and help find solutions to challenges.
  • Nurse Practitioners work with other sectors in the community such as education, business, seniors, churches, etc.
  • Nurse Practitioners provide holistic, cost effective, accessible care for individuals and communities.

Nurse Practitioners can be found at Primary Health Care Clinics in Sun Country Health Region. Go to http://www.suncountry.sk.ca/service/100/88/primary-health-care.html 

Names and locations are also available at  http://www.suncountry.sk.ca/service/211/88/doctor-and-nurse-practitioner-directory.html