Car Seat Safety

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury in children.  A correctly used car restraint will reduce the likelihood of a child being injured or killed in a crash by 75%.  Car safety checkpoint results from across Canada indicate that 4 out of 5 children are not properly restrained when in a vehicle.   Families First staff are trained  in the correct use and installation of automobile restraint systems (car seats) and can instruct parents on the proper installation of a seat.

Bike Helmet Safety

Staff at Families First are training to adjust bike helmets to ensure proper fit.  We do helmet safety awareness at public events in the area.

Home Safety Workshops

Injury prevention is a new concept for many parents.  The purpose of this program is to provide parents with young children information to identify dangers and  to help “safety proof” the home.

First Aid/CPR

Families First hosts a First Aid/CPR course once a year, it is offered free of cost to a parent with children under 7 years of age.

Other health and safety topics presented by guest speakers are:

Healthy Hand Washing (Public Health Nursing)

Dental Health (Dental Hygienist)

Head Lice Information (UPEI Nursing Students)

Doggone Safe (Veterinarian)

Fire Safety (Volunteer Firefighters)

Making Your Own Baby Food

A hands on workshop that shows parents a nutritious, low cost way to feed your baby.

Reading Food Labels

Trying to figure out what is the best choice in packaged food can get overwhelming.  There are so many symbols and so much information on a food package.  We help you sort through all of that to make the best choice for your family.

Crockpot Cooking

This program has 6 sessions, Families First provides the recipes, ingredients, shopping and cooking tips and a crockpot to each participant.  They prepare the meal at our centre while learning some new tips and meal ideas, then take the crockpot home, plug it in and a few hours later your family is enjoying a hot, nutritious meal.  After participating for the 6 sessions , the crockpot is yours to keep.

Cooking With Kids

Parents and children enjoy some time together in the kitchen.  The children learn skills needed to prepare a healthy snack and the parents get some new snack ideas.

Basic Shelf Cooking

We designed this program around the “Basic Shelf Cookbook” which features recipes that are made from low cost nutritious ingredients.   These ingredients can be keep for long periods of time without refrigeration.  With these basic items in your cupboards you can make lower fat, flavourful meals quickly and easily for your family while saving money.

Kitchen & Food Safety

Keep yourself safe in the kitchen!  Learn the difference between safe and dangerous safety practices in the kitchen. Topics covered include hand washing, cross contamination, burns and cuts and knife safety.

Meal planning and Reading Sales Flyers

So much time is spent wondering What’s for dinner?  Simplify your life by planning meals ahead of time.  Learn the basics of meal planning: steps of meal planning, ingredients and coupons, nutrition and presentation,  and making a shopping plan.

Other nutrition topics we offer are:

Preparing Healthy Lunches ( Heart & Stroke Foundation)

Portion Sizes (Community Nutritionist)

Fat & Sugar in Foods ( Community Nutritionist)