Who are you and what do you do?
I am a Professional Home Economist currently doing a second Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Family Social Sciences. My ultimate goal in life is to become an MD with a PhD in Community and Family Nutrition. In my free time, I love to do volunteer work and currently I volunteer as the Marketing Coordinator for the United Nation International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Group at the University of Manitoba. I am also the current Young Professionals Network Contact for Canada for the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE).
How long have you been a MAHE member?
I have been a member of MAHE since 2012 and officially became a PHEc last year! I became the Director of Member Relations (Winnipeg) of the association since the MAHE Annual General Meeting in October 2015.
What do you enjoy most about being a MAHE member?
I am really passionate about Human Ecology and Home Economics. What I really enjoy most about being a MAHE member is that, through the collective effort of the association’s members, we were able to (and continuously do so) advance the profile of PHEcs and advocate the importance of Home Economics/Human Ecology education. I also enjoy the countless opportunities that MAHE has continuously provided to its members to collaborate with amazing groups and individuals from all walks of life!
What piece of advice could you offer to new PHEc’s or IPHE’s?
Be an active practising member and get involved with MAHE’s events! Being a PHEc is a very rewarding career with multiple avenues you can take as you go through the different stages of your life! Being an active practising member of our association will not only help you develop your knowledge and skills, but it will also help you help others and build long-lasting relationships!
For more, please see our recent interview with Diana Mager.
Updated in July 2015 by the Manitoba Association of Home Economists
Whether you are flying, driving, taking a bus, boat or plane, it is likely that you will be eating out on your vacation. It is important to continue eating a healthy diet so that you have the energy you need to enjoy your vacation. The occasional treats of high calorie, high fat foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle, but for most days of your vacation, keep healthy eating as a focus.
Being on vacation does not mean you must eat in restaurants the entire time you are away from home. If you are driving, pack a cooler with ice packs and healthy choices: sandwiches on whole wheat bread with lean meats, raw vegetables and fruit, yogurt, low fat granola bars and water. These foods are good for your health and easier on the budget than eating at restaurants. When traveling in areas where the water may not be safe, it is best to drink bottled water.
When staying at a hotel, bring along your own snacks instead of eating higher fat, expensive foods from the mini bar or vending machine. If there is a fridge in your room, stock it with perishable foods so you can have some meals and snacks in your room. This can save calories, time and money. If there is a Continental breakfast at your hotel, steer clear of Danishes, donuts and high fat muffins. Instead, choose fruit, whole grain cereal or toast.
For the times you want to eat out, remember to make healthy choices: salad with dressing on the side, steamed vegetables, lean grilled meats and avoid battered and deep fried foods. Condiments and sauces like mayonnaise, butter and cream sauces should be limited. For dessert, choose fresh fruit. If you want to have a rich dessert, split it with someone else. Most restaurants give very large servings, so share an entree with a friend and do not feel you have to clean your plate. You can also order an appetizer as a main dish. Aim to limit treats to one a day. Limiting alcohol intake is wise because these calories can add up quickly.
Plan for some physical activity while on vacation to boost your energy levels and help you feel great. It may take a bit of planning to eat well and be physically active on your next vacation, but you’ll be glad you did.
WRITTEN BY THE PUBLIC HEATLTH NUTRITIONISTS OF SASKATCHEWAN AND SUPPORTED BY
Originator: Carla Bodnarus, RD, Keewatin Yatthe Health
Editing Buddy: Catherine Abrametz, Mamawetan Churchill River
Carla Bodnarus, “Eating on Vacation”, Newspaper column, June 23, 2006.
Travel Sense, “Eating Healthy on Vacation”, www.travelsense.org/.
Every year communities suffer electrical outages due to uncontrolled stubble fires which damage Manitoba Hydro poles and power lines.
These fires and resulting outages can leave residents without energy for hours. Fallen poles and power lines are also extremely dangerous on the ground and can cause serious injury and death. As a landowner, you are responsible for damage caused by your grass fires and liable for the cost of repairing or replacing damaged utility poles.
If you choose to burn, plan carefully to avoid dangerous and costly situations. Be sure all safety precautions are in place. Check with your municipality for permits, guidelines and time frames. Cultivate a fire guard to protect hydro poles and carefully monitor your stubble burning.
Prepared by Linda Carter, PHEc Public Safety & Education Coordinator, Manitoba Hydro.