Nutrition Month – Good for You

Nutrition Month 2021

Nutrition Month 2021 - Good for You

March is Nutrition MonthThis year, dietitians want you to know that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to healthy eating – let us help YOU find YOUR healthy!

Our nutrition is influenced by a number of factors that can impact our health. Dietitians aim to bring you closer to what YOU define as health. Whether it’s managing a condition, learning cooking skills, incorporating traditional foods, buying a supplement, or meal planning and budgeting, the Stoney Health Nutrition Team wants to provide personalized support.

Throughout the pandemic, the Stoney Health Services’ nutrition team of dietitians and health promoters have become very resourceful in finding ways to connect with the community virtually. Nutrition Month will features videos that highlight nutrition and how it overlaps with so many aspects of personal health and wellbeing and taps into many of our services and programs.

For nutrition advice, reach out to Stoney Health Services (adults, call 403-881-3920) and/or Renfrew Educational Services Stoney Health Team (children) to book an appointment with a registered dietitian.

All Nutrition Month videos will be shared on the Stoney Health Services YouTube channel (subscribe to stay up-to-date) or available upon release from this blog post. Scroll down to view the video collection.

#NutritionMonth Week 4: Family Nutrition

Lindsay MacCharles, Renfrew Education Service's dietitian, shares how parents can prevent the dreaded, "restaurant in your own home".
Like any first-time parent, health promoter Japeth Kaquitts is concerned as a provider for his family's nutrition.
Well Baby nurse Ritche Holm discusses some of the physical, emotional and social reasons why breastfeeding is so important.

#NutritionMonth Week 3: Sports Nutrition

Renfrew Education Services dietitian Lindsay MacCharles offers advice when planning your nutritional choices for your sports training or workout.
Health promoter Mel BigStony shares his personal journey as a competitive athlete and learning to balance nutrition for optimizing his sports performance.
Renfrew Education Services physiotherapist Trevor Anderson offers a few solid tips to improve your sports performance through nutrition
The Stoney Health's Nutrition Team tackles some common sports nutrition myths as part of Nutrition Month.

#NutritionMonth Week 2: Nutrition and Mental Health

Watch as health promoter Kiana Daniels shares her personal struggle with anxiety and it's impact on her health and the food choices she made.
Substance use counsellor TJ Powder discusses the connection between addition and poor nutritional health.
Dietitian Paige Thomsen offers advice on key questions - When? How? What? - to ask when considering your nutrition and eating choices.

Ótáp Ímisskaan | Indigenous Youth Leadership Program

Ótáp Ímisskaan | Indigenous Youth Leadership

Ótáp Ímisskaan | Indigenous Youth Leadership
Ages 13-30
This training will focus on defining leadership with self, team development, problem solving and community building.

Starting: February 19, 2021
10 am -12:30 pm

Call, text or email to register:
Cory Beaver: 403-554-0413 or

Brought to you by the Îyârhe Nakoda Youth Program in partnership with the Ótáp Ímisskaan Leadership Training Program from the University of Calgary.

Ótáp Ímisskaan | Indigenous Youth Leadership Program starts February 19, 2021

Kind Words of Support from neighbouring Banff Hospital Staff

Kind words from Banff Mineral Springs Hospital staff to all Stoney Nakoda people. 

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 “To the residents of Stoney Nakoda First Nation, On behalf of Mineral Springs Hospital, we want to extend our deepest well wishes to you all. The battle with COVID is brutal; it is a lonely struggle at times and we want you to know we are here to help in any way we can. You are not alone! We are praying for a swift recovery for those ill and strength for those providing care for their loved ones. You are resilient, and there will be beautiful days ahead. You are in our prayers.” – Margie Smith, Site Administrator

COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing Schedule for February

COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing Schedule in February

  • Drive-thru testing site will be open for the next two Saturdays from 12-3pm. ( Feb. 6, Feb. 13)
  • Results will be followed up by Stoney Health Services staff on the next business day, Monday the 8th and Tuesday the 16th.
  • Reminder to isolate as directed after testing and/OR  after receiving text from AHS of positive results.
  • Drive-thru testing will be open Monday-Friday from 11:00-3:30 pm until further notice.

COVID Drive-thru Testing Weekdays

Testing Monday thru Friday, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm until further notice at the Centax Gas Station.

COVID Drive-thru Testing Weekends

Testing available Saturdays (Feb. 6 & 13) from 12 - 3:00 p.m. at the Centex Gas Station.

New Pantry, New You | How to Read a Label

New Pantry, New You | How to Read Food Labels

When you are building your stocked pantry, compare nutrition labels, and choose products with the lowest amounts of sodium, added sugars, saturated fat and trans fat.  But how?

Follow these simple steps:


  1. Look at the Serving Size: The serving size is at the top of the Nutrition Facts table. All the information in the Nutrition Facts table is based on this amount. Compare this to the amount of food you actually eat. For example, if the serving size listed is one cup but you ate two cups, then you need to double all the amounts listed.
  2. Look at the Calories: Myth – Calories need to be avoided. TruthCalories are used to measure energy in food. If we require more energy (laboring job, exercising), more calories may be needed. If we deprive ourselves of calories during the day, our brains will create cravings to help us meet our energy needs. If we consume excess amount of energy, our bodies store it as fat.
  3. Look at the % DV: The percent daily value (% DV) shows you if a food has a little or a lot of a nutrient.


    • 5% DV or less is little of a nutrient
    • 15% DV or more is a lot of a nutrient

% DV is meant to act as a benchmark to determine if that food is high or low in a certain nutrient. You can use it to compare the nutrient content of different foods. We try to:

  • Get more: vitamins, minerals, fibre, protein
  • Get less: saturated fat, sugar, sodium

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Begins for Stoney Nakoda Community

COVID-19 Vaccines are rolling out to the Stoney Nakoda community

January 13, 2021 – Small batches of COVID-19 vaccines have started arriving for the Stoney Nakoda community. These vaccines will be distributed in a phased distribution schedule (detailed below) as determined by Alberta Health Services. 

Stoney Tribal Council Chiefs and administration have been in dialogue with provincial health officials to discuss the rollout and secure vaccines for the community. 

  • Health-care workers in intensive care units
  • Staff in long-term care and designated supportive living facilities
  • Home care workers
  • Health-care workers in emergency departments
  • All residents of long-term care and designated supportive living, regardless of age
  • Health-care workers in COVID-19 units, medical and surgical units, and operating rooms
  • Paramedics and emergency medical technicians

Health care professionals are at a high risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 to patients, each other and within the community. We will vaccinate Stoney Health Services staff to ensure that they are protected and can better serve the health and wellness needs of Stoney Nakoda members.

  • As soon as vaccines arrive, Stoney Nakoda elders and seniors 65+ will be contacted and invited to get vaccinated.
  • Vaccines are not mandatory and it is the choice of each person to get vaccinated. 
  • Stoney Health Services will provide guidance to ensure each person has the necessary information to make an informed decision for their family.

Vaccine distribution is limited by supply. The Stoney Nakoda community will be informed as the vaccine distribution plan unfolds. More details in the coming weeks.

G4 Health COVID-19 Survey

G4 Health

G4 Health | COVID-19 Survey

G4 Health

Please consider participating in this survey administered by G4 Health. The information collected will be used by G4 Tribal Council partners for administrative purposes, including providing services and education, as well as to allow our leaders to advocate for our nation members.

The survey is anonymous. However, the information collected by G4 Health is being collected in accordance with the Privacy Act

Should you have any questions related to the collection of the survey information, please contact Dalton Dodginghorse at

Survey link:

New Pantry, New You | Week 2: Pantry Staples/Household Essentials

Week 2 | New Pantry, New You

Pantry Staples and Household Essentials

Each day this week our Stoney Health Nutrition Team will be highlighting different household essentials to have in your pantry.

Tuesday Tip: Grains

Go-tos: Whole Wheat Pasta, Brown Rice, Whole Wheat/Grain Bread, Whole Wheat Tortillas, Whole Grain Cereal, Oats, Whole Grain Crackers, Barley

New Pantry, New You | Kiana's Pantry Makeover
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Wednesday Tip: Protein

Go-tos: Canned Meats & Fish, Beans, Lentils, Canned soups with meat

Quick Tip: As much as possible, limit ultra-processed foods. Buying whole ingredients to cook at home is usually the option that will not only provide the best nutrition, but often can be a better value and allow you to cook and share the meal as a family.

New Pantry, New You | Josh's Pantry Makeover
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Thursday Tip: Snacks & Treats
Go-Tos: Granola Bars, Apple Sauce, Fruit Cups, Cookies, Corn Chips, Potato Chips, Popcorn, Trail mix 

Quick Tip: Water enhancers are a great substitute for iced tea and juice mixes made from sugar crystals, while still encouraging water intake.
New Pantry, New You | Japeth's Pantry Makeover
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Friday Tip: Flavour Builders

Sauces Go-Tos: Tomato sauce, LS soya sauce, Vinegar, Stock

Seasonings & Spices Go-Tos: Garlic Powder, Thyme, Basil, Rosemary, Sage, Oregano, Ginger, Chili Powder, Cumin, Cinnamon, Dill

Oils Go-Tos: Olive oil, Canola oil

Canned Vegetables Go-Tos: Tomatoes, Beets, Baby Corn, Mushrooms, Salsa, Peas & Carrots

Baking Supplies Go-Tos: Flour, Baking powder, Salt, Sweeteners (such as honey, molasses, white sugar, brown sugar). 

Quick Tip: When choosing between sweeteners, worry not! Although they have different forms of sugars making them taste a little different. They ultimately have very similar nutritional content.

New Pantry, New You | Mel's Pantry Makeover
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Saturday Tip: Reorganize

Scroll through these Spot the Difference pictures of Paige’s pantry and see how she reorganized her pantry to maximize space and make it easy to find things when cooking!

If you give your Pantry a makeover, we would LOVE to see pictures. Email pictures or questions to Paige at, or text to 403-803-7601.

Paige's Pantry - Before & After 1

Paige's Pantry Photo 1

Click on the photo and see if you can spot the difference.

Spot the Differences in Paige's Pantry - photo 2
Paige's Pantry Photo 2

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Paige's Pantry Photo 3

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Spot the Difference (answer key)

Click on each photo to see what's changed in Paige's pantry
Paige's Pantry Makeover - Before & After Answer Key

Paige's Pantry Photo 1 Answer

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Paige's Pantry Photo 2 Answer​

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Spot the Difference Paige's Pantry Photo 3

Paige's Pantry Photo 3 Answer​

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New Year, New Pantry | Week 1: Clean out the Pantry

Stoney Health Services Nutrition Team presents the “New Year, New Pantry” to provide the Mini Thni community with practical tips on how to improve the nutrition of their pantries. 

Each week, we will walk you through the steps on how to declutter your pantry, compare nutrition labels, pick meal essentials to make home-cooking easier, create a budget and shopping list.

We hope you learn how to upgrade our own pantries. Please comment with any questions or call the Stoney Health Centre and ask to speak to a dietitian!

Step 1: Clean out your pantry! 

Review the information provided in the pictures. Set your own goals and go through your pantry. Depending on how long ago the best before date is, you may want to discard. Throw away anything past it’s expiration date.

Follow our Nutrition Team on their journey as they take stock of their own pantries


Take picture or video in front of your pantry and announce 1 SMART goal for your pantry.

Stoney Nakoda receives national award for pandemic response

Stoney Nakoda receives national award for pandemic response
Nov. 13 — Stoney Nakoda First Nation’s COVID-19 pandemic response received national recognition from the IAEM Canada National Prepared Community award.

Stoney Nakoda Emergency Management director Mike Crawford, Bearspaw First Nation Chief Darcy Dixon, Chiniki First Nation Chief Aaron Young and Wesley First Nation Chief Clifford Poucette were on hand to receive the award on Nov. 13. The award recognized the Nation’s preparedness and the precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event marked the first time a First Nation community received the award.

The IAEM-CAN Prepared Community Award takes into consideration the following criteria:

  1. The community demonstrated the Emergency Management Principles of mitigation and preparedness that enhanced the public safety of their community.
  2. The community had a dedicated preparedness program in place.
  3. The community demonstrated progressive development of their preparedness program from recent years.

The community’s preparedness program benefitted people, businesses, and the community.