Friday, 14 September 2018

Beat the Back to School Snack Blues!

The hustle and bustle of back to school has begun and so has the dreaded thought of packing your kids or your own snacks and lunches.  As a mom of young kids starting in the school system and a Registered Dietitian, I am also starting this journey. I also constantly get messages from friends asking “what do I pack?”

I am sharing the Top 5 questions I get in hopes to reduce your stress of packing lunches and snacks and your school year off to a healthy start!

1. What do I pack?

- Snack foods are a huge industry and have a whole aisle dedicated to them which only adds to the snack confusion.  Most packaged items likely contain added sugar, added salt and an added expense
- Rule of Thumb – STICK TO THE BASICS! 
- Choose from the 4 food groups:
https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/nutrition/if-nfs-snacks-for-children.pdf

2. How do I get my kid to eat what I pack?

- Involving your kids in the packing, preparing and decision making of their snacks and lunches are an important part of developing healthy skills and healthy eating habits for the future.
- This does not mean a lot of work or mess. 
   o Assign jobs depending on age and skills. Younger kids can be involved in washing, mixing and putting food into containers. Older kids are able to be involved in practicing math and science by measuring and counting as well as the chopping, mixing and making decisions around what goes into their lunch.
   o Take your kids grocery shopping and have them pick out a fruit or vegetable each week. As a family, make a decision on how you are going to prepare or serve that food item.
 o Expect spills and messes and provide children with positive feedback on their cooking effort to encourage continued participation.
   o Choose a time during the day or week that your kids are more likely to want to be involved.  Avoid doing this when they are tired or busy and feeling rushed. You want this to be FUN!

Also remember that as a parent you are responsible for providing healthy options however your kids are responsible for their hunger in order to build healthy relationships with food.

3. My school is peanut aware/free what is left to pack?
- People are more aware of food allergies. Check with your school/child care facilities on their policies around food allergies. Some schools now might only be “nut aware” versus “nut free”.
- As soon as people hear “nut allergy” they panic – “what can I send it I cant send peanut butter sandwiches?”  THINK BEYOND PEANUT BUTTER.
- Be assured that there are a variety of healthy food choices that don’t contain peanuts!
https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/nutrition/if-nfs-peanut-and-tree-nut-free-meals-snacks.pdf

4. Seriously, Andrea, what do I put in my kids lunches and for snacks?

- Dips!! Most kids LOVE dips. Try pita chips and bean dip or salsa, cut up fruit with a yoghurt dip, cut up vegetables and dip or hummus.
- Change up your bread. Choose whole grain pitas, tortillas or wraps.
- Pick foods that are colourful.
- Make your own trail mix – whole grain high fibre cereal, dried fruit and roasted chick peas
- Have your kids pick out a fun lunch kit or containers.
- Kids might only have around 20 minutes to eat – try to have everything cut up and ready to go .
- Remember food safety – keep foods cool with ice packs or frozen milk or water and hot foods in thermoses.

Here are some great sites for lots of ideas for kids lunches and snacks and yourself that are fun to put together as a family!  I have put out a few recipes from these sites that I think would be great to add into any lunch or snack and will be ending up in my kids lunches this year!


Looking for great ways to get in protein? 

http://www.pulsecanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Cooking-With-Pulses.pdf
https://www.lentils.org/recipe
Check out the recipes for Lentil Granola bars, Roasted Chick peas and Chick pea Hummus and Lentil Bites.

Looking for family friendly meals?

http://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Recipes/Kid-friendly-award-winning-recipes.aspx
Check out the recipes for Chicken Crunchie Quesadillas, Creamy Zucchini Dip, Bagel Crunch, Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal, Potatoe Patties, Mini mushroom omelettes.


Andrea Shackel is a Registered Dietitian at the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network.

If you would like to see one of our Registered Dietitians, please ask your family doctor for a referral.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

September 2018 Newsletter

Our September 2018 newsletter is now available!

Inside you will find important information about changes to the PCN programs and services, our Fall 2018 workshop list, a sample of some of the resources available on our website, plus much, much more!

Feel free to forward it to your friends and family and have them subscribe by clicking the button in the newsletter.

September 2018 Newsletter

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Fall 2018 Health Education Classes now available!

Our Fall 2018 health education classes and workshops are now available for registration!
Register online at www.lbdpcn.com or call our office at 780-986-6624.


Thursday, 12 July 2018

Important changes at the PCN



Based on recent feedback and research, the LBD PCN is restructuring its programs and services to meet the growing needs of our communities.

The chronic disease management program (SMILE) and mental health program have merged together to form the Team-Based Care Program. As part of this merge, some of our programs and services will be changing.

These new services will soon be available:

- COPD and asthma support
- Mental health support for youth
- Extended hours at our PCN office in Leduc
- Healthcare providers will now be offered in many of our member clinics. Please talk to your family physician for details.

These services have been suspended until restructuring has occurred (please contact the PCN for more information):

- Tobacco cessation support
- Insulin starts

These services are no longer offered:

- Medication reviews
- Psychological support to bariatric patients

Our healthcare professionals are working to transition affected patients to services within the community. Our team is committed to ensuring a smooth transition and look forward to adding value to our programs and services.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Regards, 

Candra Tinis | Communications Lead
Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network
#301 4710 - 50th Street
Leduc, AB  T9E 6W2
Phone: (780) 986-6624

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Keeping teens active this summer

Our friends at Goodlife Fitness are giving students under the age of 18 a *FREE* membership for the summer! Even if you turn 18 over the summer, as long as you are 17 and under when you register, your membership is valid.

This offer is completely free to any Goodlife Fitness gym across Canada.

Pre-registration is open now and membership will be valid from July 3rd to September 2nd. Have your parent or guardian enroll you and you will be good to go!

REGISTER NOW!


Monday, 11 June 2018

June is Stroke Awareness Month

June is Stroke Awareness Month - do you know the signs of a stroke?


For more information on stroke and to find out if you are at risk, visit the Heart & Stroke Foundation website: http://www.heartandstroke.ca/stroke/signs-of-stroke
http://www.heartandstroke.ca/stroke/signs-of-stroke