Health Services

The Roblin Centre will be closed on October 11

October 7, 2016 • Written by

sorrywereclosedRed River College’s Roblin Centre will be closed on Tuesday, October 11 in order to allow for necessary work to the water main adjacent to the campus.

During that time the water will be shut-off and for the health and safety reasons classes will be cancelled and the campus will be closed to the general public.

Regular operations are expected to resume on Wednesday, October 12.

Red River College has been advised that this outage will not affect the adjacent RRC properties located in the Exchange District.

Classes, programs, and services offered at the Massey Building and the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute will carry-on as scheduled.

RED Forum – Important Student Information

May 9, 2016 • Written by

This is a reminder that all classes will be cancelled on Friday May 13, 2016, (unless otherwise indicated by your program,) in order for Red River College to host the RED Forum – A day for all RRC employees.

RED Forum is a one-day professional development event that will focus on Relationships, Education, and Direction, and will take place entirely at the Notre Dame Campus. For more information on the RED Forum, you can visit

In addition to classes being cancelled, the following areas will be closed:

  • Notre Dame Library
  • The Campus Store
  • The Print Shoppe
  • The Buffalo and Voyageur Cafeteria
  • Otto’s
  • Tim Hortons
  • The Cave
  • The Ox
  • Student Services Centre and Registrar’s Office

All services will re-open for student use on Monday, May 16, 2016.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

If you have any questions, please speak with your instructor, class rep, or the program coordinator for your program area.

Anxiety Forums at RRC: Tuesday, Feb. 2 and Thursday, Feb. 4

January 29, 2016 • Written by

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It’s exam time soon. Are you already worried? Does your stomach clench at the thought of studying or taking the exam? Do you sweat, shake or feel like you are going to vomit? Does your mind go blank as soon as the paper is put in front of you? What about everyday life? Do you find your mind spinning, trying to balance life and commitments and feel like you are falling short? Does worry keep you up at night? Do you feel your heart racing or like you can’t breathe out of the blue? Do you feel paralyzed by thoughts of the future?

Clinic Psychology, along with the Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba and RRC, is pleased to bring you a unique opportunity to learn how to handle stress and anxiety. In this open forum event, some of Winnipeg’s best psychologists will speak about the process of stress and anxiety and offer ideas about how to better cope. The best part is you will have an opportunity to ask the experts your burning questions in the Q & A portion. How often do you get free psychological advice?!? Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

Caution: Attending this event could lead to better sleep, higher test scores and a sunnier disposition. You may want to bring a friend.

Notre Dame Campus

Tuesday, Feb. 2


White Lecture Theatre (GM42)

Exchange District Campus

Thursday, Feb. 4


CGA Manitoba Hall (P107), Roblin Centre

Free Lunch: Pizza and Drinks

National Non-Smoking Week – 19-25 January 2014

January 16, 2014 • Written by
RRC Library has many smoking related items in its collection, including many self-help books on the topic of quitting smoking. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

The RRC Library has many smoking related items in its collection, including many self-help books on the topic of quitting smoking. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

Mid-January is the perfect time to revisit your New Year’s resolutions. If you’ve already let them slip, don’t worry too much as it is never too late to begin a life altering change to any bad habit. If one of your resolutions is to quit smoking, this is a good time to start as National Non-Smoking Week (NNSW) is January 19 to January 25.

National Non-Smoking Week is a yearly event in Canada. Since 1977, it continues to be observed on the third full week of January. Canada is a world leader in tobacco control. Smoking is at an all-time low in Canada and the number of Canadians that smoke on occasion has dropped to 17%. As well, the rate of Canadians who smoke on a daily basis is even lower at 14%.

Despite this achievement, tobacco use continues to be the most important cause of premature death in Canada. It is a leading cause of preventable lung disease, including lung cancer, and is also a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It has negative effects on nearly every organ of the body and is responsible for more than 37,000 premature deaths every year in Canada.

Not to mention… smoking is a very expensive habit. Are you a millionaire? Maybe not… then why not quit today?

“Weedless Wednesday” is on 22 Jan 2014

The Wednesday of National Non-Smoking Week is termed “Weedless Wednesday”.

Quitting smoking may be easier said than done, right? A great suggestion is to take advantage of “Weedless Wednesday” to kickstart the process of quitting smoking.

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Good Health at RRC Balancing our Life with Good Eating Habits

November 13, 2013 • Written by

The Public Health Agency of Canada says healthy eating can build a healthy body, which is important for maintaining a healthy body weight. Healthy eating means eating a variety CFG of nutritious foods, which is important. Canada’s Food Guide  provides information that can help. You can also use the Nutrition Facts table on food products to help you make informed food choices.

Use apps like Fooducate while you shop to help you see through nutritional claims on your groceries.  Acting as your personal grocery advisor, this free app explains what is in a grocery store product and can suggest healthier options. It claims to not be funded by the food, drug, diet or supplement industries; also, it does not sell, peddle, distribute or otherwise offer magic pills, secret celebrity diets, or exotic supplements.

The transition to college or university is a critical period for young adults who are often facing their first opportunity to make their own food decisions. A research study done by the University of Lethbridge found that college students often have poor eating habits and that students tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. As well, they reported a high intake of high-fat, high-calorie foods.

Some students find it difficult to eat healthily while juggling a busy schedule. Here are some tips, which may help you eat well and achieve or maintain a healthy body weight.

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Eat Breakfast! – It really is the most important meal of the day.

  • You will feel more energetic and alert when you have a healthy start to your day.
  • Some options include oatmeal, whole wheat bread with cheese or peanut butter, or cottage cheese with fresh fruit. These are wholesome choices, and the protein will fill you up enough to keep you going all morning.
  • Click here  to find healthy, fast breakfast recipes and start your day off right.

Try not to get too hungry – Pack snacks

  • It’s best to eat something every three to four hours, which usually translates to three meals and one or two snacks daily.
  • Make a list of healthful snacks such as plain, low-fat yogurt and fruit, popcorn, a cheese string with a few whole-wheat crackers or half of a whole-wheat pita stuffed with vegetables and tuna.

Practice portion control – it’s vital to weight management. Watch this helpful video done by Canadian Living.

  • Use your hands to guide a healthy serving size!
  • Two open hands to guide you in selecting a healthy serving of vegetables.
  • Your fist indicates a healthy portion of grain products. Include a fist-size serving of fruit with or between your meals.
  • Your palm to measure a healthy serving of meat and alternatives.
  • Use a thumb tip-size serving of fat.

Stay well hydrated.

  • Females are suggested to drink 8-9 glasses of water a day, while men are suggested to drink 12-13 glasses of water a day.
  • Always remember to use a refillable water bottle instead of buying water bottles and throwing them away!

Eat slowly.

  • It’s a wonderful way to savor your food – and to eat less.
  • Start by putting your fork down between bites, chewing a bit more or cutting food into smaller pieces.

For more tips on eating healthily on a college student
budget click here.

This ends our blog series on good health at Red River 290px-WellbeingCollege. Being and staying healthy requires balance in our life and it can be done!

We appreciate feedback, so feel free to comment or give suggestions.Thank you for reading

Health Services Nursing Students Alexis and Candice


Let’s discuss stress and coping skills.

October 31, 2013 • Written by


Life is stressful, particularly life in a College or University. There is a lot going on as a student, holding down a job, stretching a small budget, relationships, breakups, cranking out that big paper or studying for midterms and finals. This is all a bump in the road of life.

What stress is: For the purpose of this blog; stress is your body’s reaction to circumstances in which it feels it needs more strength, stamina, and alertness in order to survive and thrive. This reaction involves a release of hormones into your bloodstream. This revs you up and gets you ready for action: your heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, and breathing increase, your blood stress itemsvessels dilate, your pupils dilate to enhance your vision, and your liver releases stored glucose for your body to use as energy. Both stressors and the body’s stress response can be either positive or negative. The Journal of Medical Science tells us that unresolved stress negatively affects your health and well-being.

According to Health Central  stress can be either chronic or acute. Chronic stress is long term and is the stress you feel while in school, thinking about the student loan you eventually have to pay back or worrying about your future job. This kind of stress causes more harm to your health over a long period of time. Acute stress, which is short term, builds in a short time frame and you feel it right before an exam, as your writing a paper or when thinking about whether to go to work or study for your exam. Acute stress causes more short term health effects.

What does stress do to us?

    • Chronic stress can cause:
      • Depression
      • Stomach ulcers
      • Heart disease
    • Acute stress can cause:
      • Headaches
      • Weight gain
      • Increased blood pressure
      • Insomnia
      • Sweating
      • Decreased libido
      • Increased emotions
      • Social isolation
      • Poor concentration and memory
      • Fatigue
      • Depression
      • And much more….

But how can I deal with it?

Heart and Stroke Foundation research states that coping is one of the most important skills.  Learning to deal with stress will help you live a happy life.

Tips to manage your stress: Don’t worry, according to PsychCentral  stress can be managed once you find what works for you. A huge key to dealing with stressors is your resilience to that stress. Here are a few ideas on how you can develop your resilience to chronic or acute stress:

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  • Exercise. Yes, pounding out your frustrations in a run, walk, bike, or playing Wii can really help you deal with life’s stresses.
  • Get out in Nature. There are parks and walking paths all over Winnipeg, check out your nearest one the next time you need a break.
  • Make a list of what is stressing you out. Put everything that you need to get done or that is causing you stress on a piece of paper. Once you have that list, look at each individual item and write down small immediate things you can do to relieve each stressor. Your list will get smaller fast.
  • Get plenty of sleep, or take a nap to help you relax. This really helps for acute stress.
  • Get social with some friends. Sometimes you just need a night out to forget your troubles.
  • Stick to a routine. The more planned your week is, the less out of control you will feel and this will reduce your stress.
  • Set realistic goals. Whether it’s leaving time to study or write that paper, splitting time between school, work and your social life. Make sure you can handle it.
  • Reduce caffeine consumption. Or avoid it after 2 in the afternoon to ensure a good night’s sleep.
  • Learn to say “NO”. A big part of stress is that we take on too much. Simply saying no to more unnecessary Apple_DND_Reuterscommitments can be a big time saver and make you feel lighter. Don’t worry about being a people pleaser all the time.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, get some help managing your stress. Seek out someone to talk to or chat with a trusted friend or family member. RRC has counselling services available to you. Unloading can go a long way to reducing your stress. For more great tips on how to deal with your stress see Stress Management  website or RRC’s Managing Stress  information website.

Our next blog will have tips for good nutrition.

Alexis and Candice

U of M Practicum Nursing Students in Health Services

How is the flu vaccine made? Is it safe?

October 23, 2013 • Written by

egg1Did you know that getting the flu vaccine does not guarantee that you will not get sick?

Why is that?  

First of all, there are many strains of the influenza virus. If you do get the flu shot but come into contact with an influenza strain that was not in that season’s flu vaccine, the vaccine does not protect you against it. The vaccination only protects against 3-4 of the common influenza strains. Anyone with a chronic illness, the elderly, and very young children have weaker immune systems. As a result of their weaker immune system these individuals may not produce the same desired immune response to the vaccine as a healthy adult, and as a result are still at risk of getting the flu. That being said however, the immunity that they do get from receiving the vaccine is still better than not receiving the flu shot at all. By receiving the flu vaccine the chronically ill, elderly and very young may be able to prevent the virus from causing more damage it could have otherwise caused if they were not vaccinated.

A little about the virus…

There are different types (also called “strains”) of the influenza virus. Each year these strains undergo genetic drifts, which are minor changes in its genetics. Our immune system operates by identifying specific antigens on the influenza virus. These antigens are the elements that trigger your body to build up an immune response, resulting in future immunity. Since our body’s immune system is very specific, even small changes in these antigens can allow the virus to escape being detected. This means that you will need a new flu vaccine each year.

What is in the vaccine and how is it made?

First, researchers identify which strains of the influenza virus we are most likely to encounter this season by  looking at what influenza viruses are circulating around other continents (such as Asia). The most common circulating viruses (usually 3 to 4 strains) are selected and are injected into chicken eggs. Once the viruses have multiplied in the eggs, they are collected, killed, and made into the vaccine. The influenza virus used in vaccinations is DEAD, meaning you cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine! Each batch of flu vaccine is tested numerous times to ensure proper concentration, that the desired “antigen” (the element that triggers your body to build immunity) is present, sterility, and most importantly safety. Once the vaccine is approved by the manufacturer, the vaccine is submitted to Health Canada to make sure it is both safe and effective. Health Canada also performs on-site evaluations of the vaccine manufacturing process and requires samples for testing in Health Canada laboratories. Vaccines are only ready for use after they are approved by Health Canada. Health Canada is responsible for continuous monitoring of vaccine safety and any side effects once the vaccine is distributed for use.

Find out more in our post on common myths about the flu and the flu vaccine!

From Health Services Student Nurses Thomas and Alexis

Myth or Fact…………….The Truth Behind Flu Season

October 23, 2013 • Written by

Truth MythEach year many myths surround influenza and the decision whether or not to get vaccinated. In order to make the best and most informed decision whether or not to get the flu shot, it is important to understand what information is based on fact, and what is a common misperception or “myth”. Here are five of the most common myths about the flu and flu vaccine:

Myth #1:  The flu vaccine can give you the flu.     FALSE

The flu vaccine contains only deactivated or “dead” influenza virus. This means that the vaccination against the flue cannot cause you to catch influenza. Influenza nasal sprays may be referred to as “live attenuated influenza vaccines” as they do contain live flu virus, however it is important to note that these viruses are engineered to remove the parts of the virus that actually make people sick. The reason this myth is still around is because people often mistake the side effects of the vaccine (such as a runny nose or sore throat lasting for days) as them having caught the flu.

Myth #2: The flu is annoying but it’s harmless.  FALSE

As stated in our first blog “If you think flu season is coming up…you’re right!”, people commonly mistake the “stomach flu” and the common cold as influenza. In reality influenza is much more serious than either of these conditions. The flu will not only sideline you from school or work for up to two weeks, influenza hospitalizes 200, 000 people/year in the U.S, and it kills almost the same number of people per year as breast cancer kills! Influenza is more than annoying… It is potentially deadly.

Myth #3: People who are young & healthy don’t need to worry about getting vaccinated against the flu.   FALSE

It's Cool flu shotWhile it is true that a young and healthy person will likely fully recover after the flu, no one is protected against influenza without the getting the flu shot. Being young and healthy does not make you immune to the harsh symptoms of the flu or how long you will suffer from it. If you do not receive the flu vaccine you’re at greater risk of catching the flu, meaning you are more likely to suffer from sudden onset fever, coughing, headaches, sore throat, runny nose and extreme fatigue for up to two weeks! Students and staff need to be aware that catching the flu will mean missing numerous days of both school and work. This can all easily be avoided by getting the flu shot! Another important reason for individuals to get vaccinated is that influenza is easily transmitted to your loved ones. Even if you are healthy, your young children, chronically ill family members or friends, and the elderly have a greater risk of catching the flu, suffering from its symptoms, and are at greater risk of actually dying from the flu!

Myth #4: Flu shot protects me against influenza for years.   FALSE

As stated in our second blog “How is the flu vaccine made? Is it safe?”, the flu virus undergoes seasonal genetic drifts that change the identity of the virus each flu season, and allow it to go undetected by your immune system. Vaccination against the flu is specifically targeted at the strains of the influenza virus that are believed to circulate during this flu season only. This means that the immunity you received from being exposed to the flu or getting a flu vaccine in previous years will not be effective in the next flu season (or in following years).

Myth #5: The flu shot is the only way to protect myself from the flu. FALSE

Each year researchers do their best to design the influenza vaccine to target the most common strains of influenza circulating in the world. Sadly, this does not mean that the strains the vaccine protects you against will be the strains that you actually encounter-you may still get the flu even though you got the flu shot. One of the major benefits of getting vaccinated against influenza is that you may only suffer  mild to moderate flu symptoms rather than severe symptoms as a result of the protection you do receive from the flu shot! It is also very important to wash your hands often, cover your cough, and avoid individuals who appear sick to protect yourself as the influenza virus spreads easily through coughing, touching and sneezing. By keeping your hands clean and away from your face and mouth you can also decrease your risk of getting the flu. Many students can be touching the same equipment as you and germs spread by touching. Keep a little bottle of sanitizer in your pocket.

For more information concerning the flu and influenza vaccination check out the
our previously posted influenza blogs.

For dates and times of flu clinics held at RRC please visit the Health Services webstie for more information and to download the needed form to take with you to the clinic. Clinics start at Stevenson Aviation Oct 22, NDC Oct 23,24,25, EDC Nov 1 and LTC Nov 7,8. There is no cost for getting the flu vaccine. See you at the clinic for your flu shot!

From Health Services Practicum Nursing Students Alexis and Thomas

If you think flu season is coming up…you’re right!

October 3, 2013 • Written by

Don't Get FluFlu, cold or stomach flu – which is it?

You may be wondering: Do I have the flu, or stomach flu, or just a cold? Contrary to popular belief, the “stomach flu”, which is the general term used to describe nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, is not actually caused by influenza. Influenza is a respiratory virus, meaning it affects your lungs and chest, not your stomach.


Although they can seem similar, a common cold causes a runny/stuffy nose, sneezing, a sore throat and is much less serious than a flu. The greatest distinguishing factor between the two is the gradual onset of a cold as opposed to the sudden feeling of severe sickness caused by the flu. In fact, an influenza infection can sideline you from school and work for up to two weeks!

What is influenza then, and what is the big deal?

The “flu” (short for influenza) is caused by the influenza virus, which invades your nose, throat and lungs. This is also how the virus spreads from person to person. All the lovely folks you see coughing, sneezing, and blowing their nose around you are victims to the virus’ diabolical strategy of infecting as many people as it can, as quickly as it can.

Picture this: You’re on a bus and someone has just sneezed beside you. You may not know this, but it’s likely you were unfortunate enough to inhale a good dose of your neighbour’s respiratory droplets. Depending on your health and immune status, you may be in for a rough ride of sudden onset fever (>38 *C), coughing, headaches, sore throat, runny nose, weakness and fatigue that can sometimes last two weeks or longer. Another characteristic feature of the flu, commonly described as the feeling of “getting hit by a truck”, is severe muscle and joint pain. It is also important to note that children may show somewhat different symptoms of influenza than adults (such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting), as well as the symptoms listed above.

Why a flu vaccine?

A flu vaccine is the best known way to prevent you from the most common types of flu. That being said, it does not provide a 100% guarantee that you will not get the flu. Find out why and how effective the flu vaccine is in our following blog!

Check out our following blogs to learn about how the flu vaccine is manufactured, benefits of getting the flu vaccine and more interesting information as well as flu clinic dates.

From Health Services Practicum Nursing Students Thomas and Alexis

Paths to Success – A Red River College Success Initiative

August 26, 2013 • Written by


Paths to Success is a student success initiative targeted to helping first year students connect with supports and services that will help them succeed and excel in their studies.  The initiative is now in it’s ninth year and it is expected to engage almost 2,000 students this year.

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The College offers many academic resources for students, though the most valuable ones are often your instructors and fellow students. The College has an Academic Success Centre which offers individual and group tutoring to help students with their studies as well as Online Resources.

The Library also has a lot of great online research guides for specific programs – you should see if they have one for your program.



Participate in Student Events and Meet Friends

The Red River College Students’ Association hosts many events to get to know other students. The Aboriginal Student Centre and the Diversity and Immigrant Student Support Department also host regular events for students at the College. The College also has a LGBTT Initiative that you might be interested in learning more about.

Aboriginal Pipe Ceremony

Be Active, Reduce Stress

Many students find College to be overwhelming and stressful. Staying physically active and eating well are two common ways that people use to manage stress. Find out what recreational services are available at the College. The College also provides Health Services to students, with some valuable information on ways to reduce stress and be healthy.

If you need Help, Talk to Someone

Personal Counselling Services are available to College students at no charge. Counsellors can help students manage concerns such as stress, anxiety, depression, abuse, and family or relationship problems. Counsellors also help students with a disability access a range of educational support services. The College also has two Elders-in-Residence who are available to speak with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, as well as a counsellor to speak with Aboriginal students who need someone to talk to.

Preparing for a Career

The College offers Employment Services to current students and recent graduates, such as job postings targeted specifically to RRC students. The College hosts a Career Fair in the spring to connect students with employers.  There are also opportunities for students to work as a tutor. The Student Awards and Financial Aid office has information on Student Loans and awards.


Good luck discovering your own Path to Success!