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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: 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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World Diabetes Day is November 14

If you saw a number of staff members in Sun Country Health Region’s Primary Health Clinics wearing blue on Monday, Nov. 14, it was to promote diabetes awareness and the importance of early detection.  Diabetes is a condition in which results in too much sugar circulating in your body.

“Early screening and diagnosis can alter the path of the disease and reduce the risk of complications such as kidney disease, blindness, lower limb amputation and cardio vascular disease,” says Marga Cugnet, President and CEO. “It can even prevent some of the end-stage complications. Our staff members want to draw attention to these facts.”

“The strength of our program lies in empowering our patients to safely and effectively manage their chronic illness.  Our primary health care team approach provides the patient with the best possible plan of care based on their identified needs,” she says.

Diabetes Teams in Sun Country Health Region, including your family doctor, offer assessment, education, customized treatment plans and promote self-management. The Region offers certified Diabetes Educators from multiple disciplines such as nursing and pharmacy who facilitate the programs. The program uses the expertise of each professional such as nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and nurse practitioners and doctors as a team, often in a single, co-ordinated appointment to best treat the patient holistically.

Angie Wiebe, Diabetes Educator, says the Region offers individualized approaches with our teams and allow patients the opportunities to ask the questions that matter to them. Proper nutrition is also important to managing diabetes and the Region’s programs offer guidance and direction as well as tips and resources.

Information about Sun Country’s Diabetes Teams and programs is available on the website at   Patients should talk to their family doctor or nurse practitioner to find out if they are at risk and if a screening test is right for them.

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