Summit County News Releases

Proposed Code of Health

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The Summit County Health Department is issuing a 30-day formal notice and comment period during which the public can review the proposed Code of Health and submit comments to the Health Department in writing either by mail or email. Comments must be postmarked or received at the Summit County Health Department by 5:00 pm Mountain Standard Time on September 17, 2014. Comments may be emailed to

The proposed code is available online by clicking here.

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Back-To-School Immunizations

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School-age children, from preschoolers to college students, need vaccines. The Summit County Health Department has online resources and tools to help parents and doctors make sure all kids are up to date on recommended vaccines and protected from serious diseases.

For a list of current Utah Immunization School Requirements click here.

For additional information on vaccines recommendations and schedules.

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Restaurants and Pets

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The Summit County Health Department wants to remind all restaurants and customers of regulations regarding animals on restaurant premises’. Federal food code (2009 FDA Food Code 6-501.115) prohibits animals in food establishments.

This includes all outdoor dining areas and patios. The exceptions to this rule are:

  1. Decorative fish in an aquarium.
  2. Patrol dogs accompanying police or security.
  3. Service animals controlled by a disabled person in areas not used for food preparation.

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West Nile Virus Prevention

Fight the Bite!

When dealing with West Nile virus, prevention is your best bet. Fighting mosquito bites reduces your risk of getting this disease, along with others that mosquitoes can carry. Take the commonsense steps below to reduce your risk:

  • avoid bites and illness
  • clean out the mosquitoes from the places where you work and play
  • help your community control the disease

Something to remember: The chance that any one person is going to become ill from a single mosquito bite remains low. The risk of severe illness and death is highest for people over 50 years old, although people of all ages can become ill.

Click here to visit the West Nile Virus Prevention page.

Power Up With Breakfast

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A healthy breakfast is important for everyone. With school starting, a breakfast will help them learn throughout the day.

Get the morning nutrition you need with these quick breakfast ideas.

  • Make instant oatmeal with low-fat milk instead of water. Toss in raisins or dried cranberries and chopped walnuts.
  • Layer low-fat plain yogurt with your favorite crunchy cereal and blueberries.
  • Blend a breakfast smoothie with low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana.
  • Make one packet of microwave oatmeal with low-fat milk. Mix in 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. Sprinkle with apple pie spice or cinnamon.

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Summer Snack Ideas

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When a snack attack strikes, refuel with these nutrition-packed snacks.

  1. Parfait: Layer vanilla yogurt and mandarin oranges or blueberries in a tall glass. Top with a sprinkle of granola.
  2. Inside-Out Sandwich: Spread mustard on a slice of deli turkey. Wrap around a sesame breadstick.
  3. Rocky Road: Break a graham cracker into bite-size pieces. Add to low-fat chocolate pudding along with a few miniature marshmallows.
  4. Mini Pizza: Toast a whole-wheat English muffin, drizzle with pizza sauce and sprinkle with low-fat mozzarella cheese.
  5. Spread mustard on a flour tortilla. Top with a slice of turkey or ham, low-fat cheese and lettuce. Then roll it up.

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Build a Healthy Plate

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Building a healthy plate is easy when you make half your plate fruits and vegetables. It’s also a great way to add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber. All this is packed in fruits and vegetables that are low in calories and fat. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal. Try the following tips to enjoy more fruits and vegetables every day.

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Way To Quit

New resource for quitting tobacco!WayToQuit

Announcing Utah’s new resource to help people quit tobacco for good.  Why is this so exciting?  Because this is the first time that all resources will be in one location.  Resources include:

  • Quitline (phone cessation program)
  • Internet cessation program
  • Home study workbook
  • Links for peer support from others in the quitting process
  • Information for family members of tobacco users (how to support without driving your loved one crazy)


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14 Health Tips for 2014

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Dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle in 2014 with these food, nutrition and exercise tips.

Eat breakfast.
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
Watch portion sizes.
Be active.
Fix healthy snacks.
Get to know food labels.
Consult a registered dietitian.
Follow food safety guidelines.
Get cooking.
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New Emissions Awareness Program

Do your part to keep our air clean!Check_Engine_Logo

The Summit County Health Department is starting an Emissions Awareness Campaign geared to help keep the air in Summit County clean as part of the County’s Air Quality Program.

This campaign is directed a vehicle owners to keep their engines running efficiently and emissions low. Personal vehicles (cars, trucks and SUVs) contribute more than 50% to the pollution in our area. Those emissions can increase when a vehicle’s Check Engine Light goes on.

For more information click here for the Emissions Awareness Program page.



National Public Health Week

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National Public Health Week is a time to recognize the hard work local public health agencies do for their communities. The Summit County Health Department (SCHD) is proud to be a part of this national event and help with the goal of “A healthier America, one community at a time.”

To reach that goal, the SCHD works hard to improve the health and well-being of our local communities. This agency helps prevent disease, illness and injury, and positively impacts the social, economic and environmental factors fundamental to good health

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