Calling all animal lovers! Chatham County’s Animal Shelter is hosting its second annual ‘Wishmas Tree’ to collect much-needed donations of specified toys to make the shelter stays more pleasant for furry friends. These toys benefit the sheltered animals’ mental and physical well-being.
Starting Nov. 25, 2013, the shelter is accepting donations during its public hours on Monday-Friday, 11 am to 4 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to noon. The shelter is located about five miles west of Pittsboro just off US 64 on Landfill Road. See what donations are most needed!
Get ready folks, the ninth annual Active Chatham 5k Reindeer Run/Walk and Rudolph’s Family Fun Run are just around the corner! On Saturday, December 14, 2013, people from far and wide will come to Pittsboro for some holiday-themed physical activity fun. The race will start promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the Central Carolina Community College campus, where runners and walkers will begin the USATF certified 5K (3.1 mile) course on the T.H.A.N.K.S. Trail, run through scenic downtown Pittsboro and finish back at the community college. The 1-mile Rudolph’s Family Fun Run, which will start at 9:00am, is free for all and children age 12 and under who participate will receive a medal. Learn more!
Congratulations to the Town of Siler City on its new Pedestrian Master Plan! The purpose of the plan, which was adopted earlier this month, is to guide the Town of Siler City, NC Department of Transportation, and other local and regional partners in improving infrastructure for pedestrians in Siler City and fostering a more active and pedestrian-friendly culture through related programs and policies.
The project, led by alta/Greenways, prioritized potential projects based on a variety of measures, including pedestrian crashes, connectivity, income, low-vehicle access, and access to parks and healthy food vendors. The plan also utilized the work of two UNC students who spent their summer at the health department mapping healthy food vendors across the county. The plan is one of few in the country that include information about access to healthy foods. The health department appreciated the opportunity to work with the Town of Siler City and its residents on this innovative project, and hopes the plan can serve as a model for others across the region.
For more information and to download the Siler City Pedestrian Master Plan, visit http://www.silercity.org/index.asp?SEC=1CB30A61-8F90-4209-BF0D-CBC0F3F65187&Type=B_BASIC
This week, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Boston to attend the 2013 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting. This meeting is the most well-known conference for public health professionals, with over 10,000 attendees and 1,000 sessions on a variety of topics. Simply put, it’s huge! There are experts on all things public health, and it was great to be able to learn from them and bring that knowledge back to Chatham County. The following are some of the highlights and takeaways from my time at the conference.
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The Chatham County Public Health Department Environmental Health Division is excited to announce that they have completed the deliverables for their latest grant since enrolling in the FDA Voluntary National Retail Food Program Standards in 2011. The Program Standards were developed by the FDA to provide a framework for developing a continuous quality improvement plan for local, state, and tribal food service inspection programs.
There are nine established standards that address staff education, knowledge, skills and abilities, inspection program policies, and outreach and education of food service establishments. The Program Standards are not for the faint of heart and take a staff dedicated to becoming the best at what they do to complete the goals. Since enrolling in 2011 Chatham County has been fortunate to receive several grants due to their continued efforts to meet the goals of the various standards. Read on!