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Camp Bridges 2017

A camping experience for children and teens who have lost someone within a safe, supportive and fun environment.  They are free to share thoughts and feelings with peers who have also experienced a death of someone close.

March is Nutrition Month

Take the fight out of food!  March is Nutrition Month.  Spot the problem. Get the facts. Seek support.


World Kidney Day is March 9

World Kidney Day is March 9, 2017.  On World Kidney Day, we want people to know how important kidneys are, and that there are ways to help to keep our kidneys healthy.  The theme of World Kidney Day this year is obesity and kidney disease.  Obesity is excessive fat that may impair health.  Obese individuals have an 83% increased risk of Kidney Disease, compared to individuals with a healthy weight.  By losing weight, an obese person can improve their health and decrease his or her risk of kidney disease. 

Kidneys are important organs.  Our kidneys do the following jobs:

• filter blood to remove extra fluid and wastes from the body
• help control blood pressure
• help make red blood cells and maintain healthy bones

Kidney disease, or damage to the kidneys, is often a long-term complication of either high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes.  If this damage worsens over the years, it can progress to Kidney Failure.  If a person has Kidney Failure, he or she will need a kidney transplant or dialysis to stay alive. Per patient, per year, hemodialysis costs over $85,000. In the Prairie Mountain Health region, there are 4 hemodialysis units.  They are located in Brandon, Dauphin, Russell, and Swan River.  Each hemodialysis treatment lasts about 4 hours.  Patients need 3 treatments each week.  In Manitoba, there are over 1200 patients on in-hospital hemodialysis.  There are also 350 people doing dialysis treatments in their homes.  Being obese may hurt your health.  Obese people are more likely to have high blood pressure and are also more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.  80% of cases of type 2 diabetes occur in people that are obese.  In 2014, worldwide over 600 million adults were obese.  The last community health assessment (2015) found that in our health region, Prairie Mountain Health, 24% of adults were obese. Strategies for weight loss also decrease your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure and will reduce the chance of developing kidney disease. 

Be kind to you kidneys.  Try to fit some of the suggestions below into your day.

• Keep fit and active.  Try 20-30 minutes of activity daily
• Manage your blood sugar levels
• Monitor your blood pressure
• Enjoy healthy eating and keep your weight in check
• Maintain a healthy fluid intake
• Do not smoke
• Get your kidneys checked if you have one or more of the high-risk factors. High-risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. 

Before making major changes to the amount or type of exercises you do, please check with your doctor or nurse practitioner.  For more information about World Kidney Day visit:

 If you would like help with weight loss, managing Type 2 diabetes, or high blood pressure, please call the Prairie Mountain Health Chronic Disease Education program at 1- 877- 509- 7852.

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP)

 Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is FREE if you qualify.


• Single with income under $30,000
• Married Couple with income under $40,000 plus $2,500 for each dependent
• 1 Adult & 1 child with income under $35,000 plus $2,500 for each dependent

 Listed are the following communities in which this service is available.

 7th Street Health Access Centre 20 – 7th Street, Brandon

Walk-in Service
March 3 – April 28

Mondays & Fridays
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (first-come, first-serve)

Drop Off Service
7 days a week from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Leave your information with staff and a volunteer will complete your return.  Drop-off service continues until the middle of September.



Birtle Medical Clinic
843 Gertrude Street
Birtle MB

Adult Learning Centre
131 Main St. South
Minnedosa MB

Riverdale Municipal Office
670 2nd Avenue
Rivers MB

Carberry Service for Seniors
132 Main Street
Carberry MB

7th Street Health Access Centre
20 7th Street
Brandon MB

Border Regional Library
312 7th Avenue S
Virden MB

Elkhorn Leisure Centre
10 Richhill Avenue
Elkhorn MB

HAND Office/Service for Seniors
430 Brown Avenue
Neepawa MB

Souris Valley Recreation Office
32 3rd Avenue W
Souris MB
204- 483-5214

Tri-Lake Health Centre
86 Ellis Drive
Killarney, MB

Neepawa Public Library
280 Davidson Street
Neepawa MB

If you have any questions please contact 7th Street Health Access Centre at 204-578-4800.





A communication tool for patients and family members to keep track of health information and share with health care providers.

Prairie Mountain Health strives to create tools and resources to help patients and families engage with their health care provider. The first tool we are sharing is My Patient Passport. You will hear the term patient and public engagement, this refers to the opportunity where patients, families and members of the public are encouraged to be active partners in their own clinical care and self-management. This passport will help do just that.

My Patient Passport is a booklet to help patients and family members to keep track of health information and to share this information with their health care providers. Use this passport to record and organize your healthcare journey.   This passport is owned and managed by the patient.

**Click the image to print your own patient passport.



Tips on how to use your patient passport:

  • Fill out the booklet with your current healthcare information. Update as your health changes and date new entries.
  • Take it with you when you visit any of your healthcare providers. Keep it in a handy place.
  • Keep your information private. You are responsible for the privacy of information in this passport.


Finding new ways to work together is essential and an ongoing goal for Prairie Mountain Health and the region wants to ensure that the needs of patients and families are at the centre of all care.

A copy of My Patient Passport can be found at all Prairie Mountain Health facilities.  Copies are also available at participating physician clinics and pharmacies within the region.  Visit for more information or to print a copy of the passport.





#DietitianProTip: Keep conversation light at the dinner table! Take the Fight out of Food!
Get Better Together Spring classes starting soon in Russell. Click here for details:
SHOAL LAKE - Women’s Wellness Clinics for Cervical Screening at Shoal Lake Medical Clinic Mar 28 10am-3pm Call 204-759-2755 for an appt.
McCREARY - Women’s Wellness Clinics for Cervical Screening at McCreary Medical Clinic Mar 28 10am-3pm Call 204-835-2586 for an appointment.
Get Better Together Spring classes starting soon in Rivers. Click here for details:
Brandon - FREE “Living with Diabetes” class April 3, 6:30pm at Public Health, registration required call 204-578-23…
Get Better Together Spring classes starting soon in Boissevain. Click here for details:
Quick fix and quackery? No thanks. Find nutrition info you can trust: #NutritionMonth