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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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Community Advisory - Increasing Risk of West Nile Virus in SCHR

As of July 20, 2017

Increasing Risk of West Nile Virus in SCHR – West Nile virus infected mosquitoes identified in Sun Country Health Region


Sun Country’s Medical Health Officer, Dr. Lanre Medu wants to notify the Region residents that the risk of West Nile virus infection is increasing. This past week, some of the mosquitoes (Culex tarsalis) that were caught in our surveillance traps were found to be infected with West Nile virus.


The provincial mosquito surveillance program identified infected mosquitoes in traps collected on July 11 in the Estevan area. This positive pool is occurring a few weeks earlier than 2016 and there may be an increase in the number of pools, increases in infection rates and possible human infections.


To decrease your risk of infection, Dr. Medu is advising residents to take precautions to reduce infection from West Nile virus throughout the rest of the summer.


Dr Medu recommends you follow the “FIVE Ds”:


1.       Wear an effective insect repellant containing DEET. Repellents with Icaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are also effective. Apply according to directions.


2.       DRAIN standing water. Mosquitoes require water to complete their life cycle. Eliminate or reduce all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs like wading pools, wheelbarrows, containers, rain downspouts and gutters, pet dishes and birdbaths, etc. Reduce places in your yard where adult mosquitoes can thrive like tall grasses and weeds.


3.       Reduce the amount of time spent outdoors between DUSK and DAWN. The mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus are most active at dawn and dusk and also in the early evening. They are especially active for two hours after sunset.


4.       DRESS appropriately. Wear long sleeves and long pants (wear light-weight clothing to minimize the potential for heat-induced illnesses). Mosquitoes may be more attracted to individuals wearing perfumes and colognes.


5.       Mosquito-proof your home. Make sure that DOORS and windows have tight fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.


All people in the region need to prevent infections by getting rid of mosquito-friendly places in their yards and taking personal precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes in the places where they live, work and play. Dr. Medu says. “People who work outside, especially at dusk and dawn, and those who are camping over the next few weeks are at higher risk of being bitten by mosquitoes and should pay particular attention to preventing these bites.”


While the risk due to Culex mosquito is increasing, there is no need for adult mosquito control at this time.


For more information on WNV, go to the Government of Saskatchewan website




Media: Please contact Dr. Lanre Medu, Sun Country Health Region Medical Health Officer at (306) 842-8659.





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