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Get Active This Summer


Children’s ability to move their bodies with big and small movements, in all directions and different environments is one of the key components to school readiness and beyond.  Moreover, this is not something children just “know” how to do! Children need opportunities to practice and move their bodies through play.  This is called physical literacy.
Physical literacy means being confident and competent in your movements, trying new things, practicing what you already know and sharing joy with your loved ones through movement.  “This is something that children are struggling with nowadays” says Health Promotion Coordinator Nikki Dean, “one of the main reasons is that kids just don’t play like they used to 10 years ago or even 20 years ago”.  Formal research along with antidotal evidence shows that many children have difficulty performing skills requiring gross and fine motor competence.  You may wonder why this is of concern; it is because we know that in order for children to achieve optimal physical and mental development, they need to move!  Movement stimulates the development of systems in our body integral for literacy, attention and learning.
However, it is not all doom and gloom!  There are many ways to improve our child’s fine and gross motor skills with play being the basis for learning.  First and foremost, the most important thing you can do as a parent is to provide numerous opportunities for your child to be active.  This should be through both free play and structured activity.  To break this down further, we will look at gross motor skills and then explore how screen time and a small element of risk influences our kids. 
Gross motor skills are larger movements that involve the arms, legs or other large body parts to perform movements like running, hopping, jumping and throwing.  These fundamental movement skills are foundational to being active for life.  The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommends that preschool children get at least three hours of activity at any intensity spread throughout the day.  The goal is for preschoolers to increase gradually the intensity of their activity so that by age 5, at least one of the three hours is spent in energetic play.  Some ways to promote gross motor development in your child include:  playing games that involve running, hopping, skipping, galloping, throwing, catching, kicking and balancing.  Encourage outdoor play with natural elements; jump in puddles, play in mud, climb a tree or set up an obstacle course with anything you have on hand.
It likely won’t surprise many people to suggest that one of the biggest barriers to active play is screen time and technology which includes TV, computer, iPad and, smart phones.  This is not to say that all screen time is bad, and there may be some opportunities for education with technology.  However, we all need to take an active role in setting limits on screen time for children.
Age appropriate risk is another important part supporting our children to be physically literate. Yes, we need to be safe in today’s world, but if we do not let kids fall, then they will not learn how to get back up.   Learning to fall safely is an important part of life.  It can be exciting and challenging for kids to climb one step higher and small successes build confidence.  Sometimes, when the environment is safe, we need to resist that urge to say “be careful!”
Prairie Mountain Health has been working with our local and provincial partners to encourage physical literacy by holding workshops and training opportunities for Early Childhood Educators, coaches, recreation professionals, community volunteers and parents.  Watch for more opportunities to play and learn with us!  There are also many activity programs for pre-school children throughout the region.  Contact your local recreation department or public health unit for programs in your area.  In the meantime, get outside as a family and take advantage of summer!


Take Advantage of Summer to get Active with your family – use some ideas from our summer bucket list to get started!

• Play with sidewalk chalk
• Blow bubbles then chase and pop them
• Run through a sprinkler
• Free play at the playground
• Go on a scavenger or treasure hunt
• Go on a nature hunt and then make art with your finds!
• Go for a family bike ride
• Go for a walk or hike and pack a picnic lunch
• Try geocaching
• Make mud pies
• Raining outside?  Dance in the rain or catch raindrops on your tongue
• Start an annual outdoor family Olympics
• Count how many times you can somersault, cartwheel, hop on one foot or frog jump before you get tired
• Play catch
• Check out a local pool or splash pad
• Fly a kite on a windy day
• Give your cars, dolls and other toys an outdoor bath
• Learn to hula hoop
• Build an outdoor fort
• Jump rope

References: Preschooler focus Newsletter (McMaster University) Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play (accessed from Participaction) Fit Kids Healthy Kids Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

Remember to Wash Your Hands

Think about all the things you touch in a day.  The light switch in the bathroom, the coffee machine at work, the keyboard at your desk, the shopping cart at the grocery store. Think about how many other people have touched those things? 

Hand washing is one of the most practical and effective ways of preventing the spread of disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). So why do so many people neglect to do this simple task?

According to the Registered Nurses Association of Manitoba only 1 in 3 Manitobans wash their hands after using the bathroom.  Not only should you practice hand washing after using the washroom.  Everyone needs to be encouraged to wash hands many times throughout your day, this includes:
• Before, during, and after preparing food
• Before and after eating
• After diapering young children
• Before and after caring for someone who is sick
• After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
• Before touching your eyes, nose or mouth
• Handling pets/animals
• When your hands are visibly dirty

Proper hand washing means:
• Rinse hands with warm, running water, add soap to palms and rub hands together to create lather
• Thoroughly cover all the surfaces of your hands and fingers (including nails) for 10 to 15 seconds
• Rinse under warm, running water
• Dry hands thoroughly with single-use towel or hand dryer
• Turn off the tap with a clean paper towel
If your hands are not visibly soiled, and soap and water is not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (but ensure the alcohol content is at least 60 percent).

Wash your hands often and help reduce the spread of germs.


Three New Nurse Practitioners


Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) is pleased to announce that three new Nurse Practitioners (NPs) have successfully been recruited to provide services within the health region. Two of the three NPs were PMH-sponsored students and recent graduates of the Nurse Practitioner (Master of Nursing) Program.

The three new NPs will be working out of the communities of Melita, Ste. Rose and Winnipegosis.  PMH will be providing notification to residents regarding clinic hours of operation and how to make an appointment to see the NP in the three communities very soon.

“One of our strategic directions and priorities involves continually improving access to care for patients, clients and residents within our health region,” stated Penny Gilson, Chief Executive Officer of PMH.

“With assistance from Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living we have been able to support a ‘grow your own’ type of strategy, which sees nurses upgrade their training to become qualified Nurse Practitioners,” Gilson added.

Nurse Practitioners work independently from physicians and prescribe medications, order and manage the results of screening and lab work, request diagnostic tests (like x-rays, CT scans and MRIs), do suturing and casting as well as some other minor procedures.  However, as part of a team approach, there may be times when a NP needs to consult with a physician, specialist or other health care professionals to ensure that overall health care needs of clients are met.

Besides general primary care, NPs focus on wellness and healthy lifestyles.  A NP is able to provide screening, management, education and follow-up for patients/clients that have chronic illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure.   

PMH sincerely appreciates the assistance and guidance of physicians and other NPs that helped recent graduates with their mentorship phases required through the NP Program.

In the Prairie Mountain Health region, there are currently 13 full-time and two casual NPs on staff. They are based in or serve the communities of: Baldur, Birtle, Boissevain, Carberry, Erickson, Glenboro, Grandview, Melita, Minnedosa, Roblin, Russell, Ste. Rose, Wawanesa, Winnipegosis and the 7th Street Health Access Centre in Brandon. 

Some NPs also provide service on the PMH Mobile Clinic, which has been seeing patients in the region since February 2014.  They can also be found working in a variety of settings including primary care clinics and personal care homes.


Read the latest edition of Thrive featuring an article on our Nurse Practitioners: Enhancing Access to Care Within Prairie Mountain Health




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