Eat a Rainbow Week 2014: Starring Fruits and Vegetables

This article is part of a series leading up to Eat a Rainbow Week 2014, September 21st-September 27th. Eat a Rainbow Week is a community wide campaign promoting the importance of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. If you would like more information on Eat a Rainbow Week 2014, visit www.chathamnc.org/eatarainbow.

Fruits, and even more commonly vegetables, take a supporting role in our diets. But fruits and vegetables can be the star of the show! One of the goals of Eat a Rainbow Week 2014 is to bring fruits and vegetables into the lime light and encourage kids and their families to eat a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables.

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Countdown to Eat a Rainbow Week 2014

Eat a Rainbow Week 2014 is coming! Save the date now for Eat a Rainbow Week 2014, September 21st-September 27th.

Eat a Rainbow Week is a week-long community-wide campaign promoting the importance of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. We celebrate EFresh Fruits and Vegetablesat a Rainbow as a way to remind ourselves of the importance of fruits and vegetables in a well-rounded diet. In the 2014 Community Health Assessment, 79% of Chatham County residents did not meet the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. (Find out more about recommended servings and serving sizes at www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.) It is important to eat fruits and vegetables every day because diets rich in fruits and vegetables can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. They can also help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Click here to learn about the new Eat A Rainbow Week Passport!

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How are we doing?

Back in April/May, we conducted our first round of customer feedback collection. The initiative is led by the Customer Service Committee, which was formed earlier this year. The purpose of the committee is to ensure that health department staff of all divisions are providing top-notch service and to collect feedback regularly from clients to see how we are doing.

Earlier this month, the Customer Service Committee conducted another round of customer feedback collection. The results were comparable to the first round. Once again, clients provided very positive reviews of our services. From environmental health to clinics to animal services, over 95% were satisfied with the services they received. The chart below shows responses for each round of feedback. For reference, the more the blue and orange, the better.Customer Feedback 8.2014

96% of clients would recommend us for the service they received. All written
comments were positive, and clients offered kind words like, “I love coming here. Everyone knows my name.” Another said, “Very pleased with expertise and expediency of service.”

We appreciate that clients took the time to share feedback. Our next round of collection will be in November, though customer feedback cards are available year-round.

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Healthiest Nation in One Generation

This video was produced by the American Public Health Association. It highlights the important role public health plays in the prevention of disease. We’ve come a long way and we have room for improvement. As increasing rates of chronic disease place a burden on our healthcare system and budget, new strategies must be found to prevent disease. Remember, prevention is far cheaper than treatment. For more information, visit http://www.apha.org/advocacy/healthiestnation/.

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Ebola Update and Information

There has been a lot in the news regarding the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. We continue to work with local and state health agencies to get updated on the situation and to ensure that we understand the protocol should anyone return from one of these areas and suspect that they have Ebola. The infographic below has useful information for those who have recently traveled to one of the countries where cases of Ebola have been identified.

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For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/index.html

 

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