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Staying Healthy... Staying Safe

Food safety is an important topic at all times of the year.  There are many good sources of information including the US Food and Drug Administration (http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/list.html)
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When You Transport Food

  • Keep cold food cold. Place cold food in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs. Cold food should be held at or below 40°F. Limit the times the cooler is opened.
  • Consider packing beverages in one cooler and perishable foods in another.
  • Meat, poultry, and seafood may be packed while it is still frozen so that it stays colder longer. Be sure to keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood securely wrapped so their juices don't contaminate cooked foods or foods eaten raw such as fruits and vegetables.
  • Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running tap water, including those with skins and rinds that are not eaten. Packaged fruits and vegetables labeled "ready-to-eat," "washed," or "triple washed" need not be washed.
  • Rub firm-skin fruits and vegetables under running tap water or scrub with a clean vegetable brush while rinsing with running tap water.
  • Dry fruits and vegetables with a clean cloth towel or paper towel.

Before You Begin

  • Food safety begins with hand-washing even in outdoor settings. And it can be as simple as using a water jug, some soap, and paper towels.
  • Consider using moist disposable towelettes for cleaning your hands.
  • Keep all utensils and platters clean when preparing food.

Safe Grilling Tips

  • Marinate foods in the refrigerator, not on the counter or outdoors. If some of the marinade is to be used as a sauce on the cooked food, reserve a portion separately before adding the raw meat, poultry, or seafood. Don't reuse marinade.
  • Don't use the same platter and utensils that previously held raw meat or seafood to serve cooked meats and seafood.
  • If you partially cook food to reduce grilling time, do so immediately before the food goes on the hot grill.
  • When it's time to cook the food, cook it thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to be sure.
    • Steaks and roasts: beef, veal, and lamb - 145°F.
    • Ground: pork, beef, veal and lamb - 160°F.
    • Poultry breasts and ground poultry - 165°F.
    • Whole poultry (take measurement in the thigh) - 165°F.
    • Fin fish - 145°F or until the flesh is opaque and separates easily with a fork.
    • Shrimp, lobster, and crabs - the meat should be pearly and opaque.
    • Clams, oysters, and mussels - until the shells are open.
    • Grilled food can be kept hot until served by moving it to the side of the grill rack, just away from the coals where it can overcook.

When You Serve Food

  • Keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot.
  • Do not use a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry, or seafood for anything else unless the plate has first been washed in hot, soapy water.
  • Hot food should be kept hot, at or above 140°F. Wrap well and place in an insulated container.
  • Foods like chicken salad and desserts in individual serving dishes can also be placed directly on ice, or in a shallow container set in a deep pan filled with ice. Drain off water as ice melts and replace ice frequently.
  • Don't let perishable food sit out longer than 2 hours.
  • Food should not sit out for more than 1 hour in temperatures above 90°F.

Stay safe and be healthy!

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Eating right is not the only thing you should do this summer to stay fit. Take advantage of the warm weather and exercise. Here are some helpful tips to keep you motivated.

  • Make exercise fun! Exercise while listening to music or watching TV.
  • Include your friends! Go for a daily walk with an old friend. You will be catching up on old times and at the same time staying healthy.
  • Reward yourself! Every time you exercise give yourself some type of a reward such as watching a favorite television show only after you have worked out.
  • Think positively! Remind yourself constantly of the benefits of exercise. Such as a fit body and a feeling of accomplishment.
  • Set goals! Set a goal amount of weight you want to loose or even a goal of how you want to look. This will motivate you to reach that specific goal.
  • Join a fitness group! By joining a group you will be surrounding yourself with people that are trying to accomplish the same goal as you are. You will be staying fit and making new friends all at once.
  • Buy a video! If you are uncomfortable with join a gym or a fitness group there is also the option of buying a fitness video. You can work out in the comfort of your own home at your own pace.
  • Stay on a schedule! Try to schedule some exercising time for yourself daily. Without doing this you are less likely to have time or believe that you have time to work out.
  • Make sure you warm up and cool down! Before you exercise it is important warm up and cool down with stretches. This will help to maintain a healthy heart rate and also to prevent any injury from forming. If you pull a muscle doing an exercise chances are that you will not want to do that exercise again.
  • Don’t be lazy! Make sure that you are doing your exercises daily and don’t let yourself stop. If you decide not to one day chances are you will be too lazy to do it the next day. Pretty soon you will not be exercising at all.
  • Encourage yourself! Tell yourself that the weather is nice and you should go for a walk or do some exercises outside. If you find yourself doing nothing, tell yourself that this would be a good time to exercise