BBQ season is the perfect time for outside fun with family and friends. But warm weather also makes it easy for germs like bacteria and viruses to get into foods and make people sick.
Food-borne illness symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever.
Protect yourself, your family, and friends from food-borne illness. Practice safe food-handling practices when preparing foods and eating.
Safe Food-Handling Tips
Safe food-handling begins with proper hand washing. Before you begin your BBQ, make sure hands and surfaces are clean. If you won't have access to running water, bring a water-filled container, soap, and paper towels to wash up. You can also use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or moist disposable towelettes to clean your hands.
Nutrition labels can help you make healthier food choices! Studies show that most people don't know the nutrition information of the food they eat and the beverages they drink.
Philadelphia's new Menu Labeling Law requires that chain restaurants and retail food places with more than 15 locations nationwide must post nutritional information for the food and drinks they sell. The law applies to both menus and menu boards (like those in fast food restaurants). The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends the following:Calories per day
|14 – 18 year old female||14 – 18 year old male||Adult female||Adult male|
For more information about Philadelphia's Menu Labeling Law call 215-685-5623.
For more information about nutrition, please visit www.cdc.gov/nutrition.
Dog bites are a public health problem that can be prevented. Follow these tips to help prevent dog bites:
Lyme disease is a bacterial disease. People get Lyme disease when they are bitten by ticks carrying the bacteria. Ticks that carry Lyme disease are very small and can be hard to see.
Symptoms include: fever, headache, feeling tired and skin rash. Most people can be treated with a few weeks of antibiotics. If not treated, the infection can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system.
Before you head out to enjoy the warm weather, protect yourself against Lyme disease: