Chatham County Food Service Managers Make the Grade on Food Safety Test

Chatham county Environmental Health Division would like to congratulate Chatham County’s newest certified food safety managers from the following food service facilities.

Carolina BreweryServe Safe ENVR

Twin Rivers

Southern Barbeque and Catering

Council on Aging

Carolina Meadows

Chewy’s Smokin BBQ

Pittsboro Roadhouse

Donna’s Grill

Craig’s General Store

Bestfood Cafeteria/Haley Bales

The Chatham County Public Health Department partners with the Chatham County Extension Office to provide certified food safety classes each year.  The serve safe classes provide important information to help food service managers maintain a safe place for our community and visitors to eat.

Congratulations again to our newest certified managers.  If you would like to find out more about Serve Safe classes or testing please contact Phyllis Smith at Chatham County Extension at (919) 542-8247.

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Happy Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day, and what a beautiful day it is to celebrate the wonders of our planet! What do you think of when you hear Earth Day?

Looking at health, there are many ways the well-being of our planet is tied to our own well-being. We are truly all connected. Below are just a few ways the environment is linked to health:

  • Water: We often take clean water for granted. However, many across eday5the world face daily challenges accessing it. The Healthy People 2020 Environmental Health objectives focus on 6 themes, including surface and ground water quality. This is tied closely to health, as they point out that water “contamination by infectious agents or chemicals can cause mild to severe illness. Protecting water sources and minimizing exposure to contaminated water sources are important parts of environmental health.”
  • Air quality: The quality of the air we breathe can affect our health in many ways. Healthy People 2020 states that “Ppoor air quality is linked to premature death, cancer, and long-term damage to respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Progress has been made to reduce unhealthy air emissions, but, in 2008, approximately 127 million people lived in U.S. counties that exceeded national air quality standards. Decreasing air pollution is an important step in creating a healthy environment.” The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has a number of resources to explore this issue.
  • Climate Change: There is no denying that Earth temperatures are rising, and that these changes impact our weather and lives in many ways. NASA lists a number of impacts expected due to climate change. There are many things that can be done to mitigate and adapt to these changes.

How are you celebrating Earth Day? Whether you are attending an event, reducing waste, or educating yourself on the impact the environment has on health, it is critical that we do our part to protect that pale blue dot we all call home.

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Public Health Month is Here!

While National Public Health Week has passed, here in Chatham we celebrate all month long! And what a great time of year it is to do so. The weather is warming up, making it a great time to enjoy outdoors. Even if you weren’t able to spend National Walking Day with us, there are plenty of trails and parks to visit. Farmers’ markets are opening, making fresh, local, and nutritious produce accessible across the county. Think about other ways to incorporate health into parts of the day where we tend to make it secondary. For example, we are now becoming aware of the negative health effects of sitting at work all day, even if we exercise regularly. Luckily, there are new, creative ways to get up and still be productive.WECANDOBETTER

What are you going to do to celebrate Public Health Month? Below are a few ways National Public Health Week was celebrated across the country:

 

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Reminder: Tomorrow is National Walking Day

April 1st is National Walking Day! We have opportunities throughout the county to join your neighbors and take a walk. What’s the forecast, you ask? Sunny and upper 60s! And there are t-shirts! See below for details and locations.

 

NWD flyer 2015

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It’s time to return to the outdoors

With temperatures (finally) warming up, let’s take this opportunity to spend some time outside enjoying the lovely North Carolina spring. Sun, breeze, flowers, and warmth… it’s tough to beat! In addition to sitting in a rocking chair and marveling at the beauty around us, it’s a great time to be active. In our community health survey last year, many Chatham residents mentioned that not having a group to exercise with was a barrier to them being more physically active. And the evidence shows there is a strong basis for getting by with a little help from our friends. Social support can have many health benefits, from helping with stress management to literally saving lives. It can also help us and our children to be physically active. Luckily, there are some great opportunities coming up to meet fellow Chathamites and be active. See the list below and sign up today!

We look forward to seeing you in the great outdoors!

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