Summit County News Releases
Federal Food Code Reminder
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:
- Decorative fish in an aquarium.
- Patrol dogs accompanying police or security.
- Service animals controlled by a disabled person in areas not used for food preparation.
25 Healthy Snacks for Kids
When a snack attack strikes, refuel with these nutrition-packed snacks.
- Parfait: Layer vanilla yogurt and mandarin oranges or blueberries in a tall glass. Top with a sprinkle of granola.
- Inside-Out Sandwich: Spread mustard on a slice of deli turkey. Wrap around a sesame breadstick.
- Rocky Road: Break a graham cracker into bite-size pieces. Add to low-fat chocolate pudding along with a few miniature marshmallows.
- Mini Pizza: Toast a whole-wheat English muffin, drizzle with pizza sauce and sprinkle with low-fat mozzarella cheese.
- Spread mustard on a flour tortilla. Top with a slice of turkey or ham, low-fat cheese and lettuce. Then roll it up.
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)
For more information check out www.waytoquit.org
Do your part to keep our air clean!
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.
20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables
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.
Dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle in 2014 with these food, nutrition and exercise tips.
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
Watch portion sizes.
Fix healthy snacks.
Get to know food labels.
Consult a registered dietitian.
Follow food safety guidelines.
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A Healthier America, One Community at a Time
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
The Summit County Health Department, in conjunction with other local and state health departments is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, also known as WIC. The Summit County Health Department began its WIC program in 1981, and has now served local women, infants and children for 33 years.
The Utah Department of Air Quality conducted an ozone level study in Summit County from 2010 through 2012.
This study monitored summer ozone levels throughout Summit County and reports on the causes of the high ozone levels.
Prevent foodborne illnesses with these simple steps.
The holidays bring gatherings and lots and lots of food. All this holiday food can bring with it foodborne illnesses if not handled properly. By properly preparing and storing our food we can prevent these illnesses. Bacteria can contaminate our foods when not handled properly. It can grow on our food when favorable conditions exist, exposing us and our families to potentially hazardous situations.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths in this country each year can be traced to foodborne pathogens. The USDA estimates that foodborne illnesses due to bacterial contamination cost $6.9 billion each year. Salmonella alone has a $2.65 billion dollar impact.