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Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands

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Did you know that there is a way to help avoid getting sick; a way to help prevent the spread of illness; a way so simple a child could do it, and yet, costs no more than a bar of soap?

It’s three little words: Wash Your Hands.

Everything we touch we carry with us, and the germs our hands encounter are transferred to our bodies when we touch our eyes, nose or mouth. Most of us aren’t even aware we’re doing it,  which is why getting in the habit of regular hand washings is vital to your health, and  to the health of others, since we can carry germs and spread them.

Now, washing our hands after using the restroom is a given, but there are many other scenarios in which a good hand washing can fend off illness:

  • Before eating and before, during and after preparing food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or a wound
  • After changing diapers or cleaning a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

So, grab a bar of soap, lather up for at least 20 seconds and keep yourself well.

(To read more about hand washing benefits: click HERE)

 

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When Good Food Goes Bad

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Summertime means warm weather and picnics and BBQs.
Picnics and BBQ’s mean food.
And food left out in warm weather can mean illness.

Each year, 1 in 6 Americans become sick due to a food related illness.  That delicious potato salad can turn on you fast when left out of the fridge for too long. And although it smells terrific, that undercooked burger on the grill could send you to the hospital with vomiting, diarrhea and severe abdominal pain. Not to mention a firm resolve NEVER to eat a burger again.

Don’t let that happen to you. Follow these simple guidelines for keeping your food safe:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soapy water before and after handling food and after using the bathroom.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid undercooked seafood, meats, and eggs. For safe cooking temperature, see Foodsafety.gov
  • Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and their juices away from other foods.
  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Promptly refrigerate foods that can spoil.
  • Use only pasteurized dairy foods, including pasteurized eggs and egg products.
  • Report suspected foodborne illness to your local health department to help officials identify and stop potential outbreaks. Get details at Foodsafety.gov

Read more HERE to keep you and your family safe while you enjoy the foods you love.