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Chatham County Public Health Department Employees Help the Community

In our everyday jobs at the health department, we work to improve the health and the quality of the lives of Chatham County residents through our programs. We provide medical care, educate residents on good nutrition, assist new parents with parenting skills, work with students to stay healthy, assure the safety of the food served by our restaurants, test the drinking water from wells, vaccinate against preventable diseases and control rabies through vaccination clinics.  These are just a few of the services we provide. Click here to learn more about how health department employees give back to the community.


I’m thankful for my pet. What are you thankful for?

As we enter into the fall and winter months there are many things we could all be thankful for.  We could be thankful for friends, family, and good food this time of the year.  Most people are thankful for the companionship of their faithful pets as well.  There are a few things that we as pet owners should be aware of this time of year that can affect our furry friends. Click here to keep reading.


CHEF Recipe Winner Announced!

The judging panel has met and determined the winner of the CHEF Holiday Recipe Contest. Melissa Guilbeau  won with a holiday-themed Fresh Cranberry and Orange Salad. She will receive a $25.00 Wal-Mart gift card. 

The recipe will appear in a video blog here next week. Tune in to view the winning recipe! 

Thank you to everyone who participated. We got several great recipes and it was hard to make a decision. All entered recipes will also be listed on the blog next week. 

Happy Holidays!


Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Focus on being active with family this holiday season

Are you worried about holiday weight gain? Those five to ten pounds that seem to creep on between Thanksgiving and New Year’s each year and take until Memorial Day to lose? Celebrating the holidays often includes festive and high calorie foods. 

There are some simple steps you can take this holiday season to avoid this. 

The Cleveland Clinic recommends the following:

Get moving- One of the most effective ways to maintain or lose body weight is to engage in regular, sustained aerobic activity

Aim for seven-a-day- Making sure you eat seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day is a great way to help fill-up your stomach but not your calorie level.

Always plan ahead – Never go to a party hungry- Before you go to a holiday party, eat a healthy snack such as a serving of your favorite fruit, fat-free yogurt or a low-fat, whole grain granola bar. When you arrive at the party, you won’t be craving hors d’oeuvres.

Be in charge of your party choices:

  • Small plate, please
    Be wise when choosing appetizers – a small portion of some appetizers may help you from overeating at dinner.
  • Avoid the sauce
    Avoid sauces made from cream, half-and-half or meat drippings. For salads, use oil and vinegar, vinaigrette or low-fat dressings.  Broth -based or vegetable sauces are fine.
  • What about desserts?
    The best low-calorie choices are fruit, Jell-O, pudding, an unfrosted mini muffin, shortbread cookies, ginger snaps or angel food cake. Limit yourself to one small cookie or one thin slice of cake.

Focus on socializing

  • Don’t stand around the food table when you are at a party – focus your energies on making conversation with others instead of focusing on foods. Conversation is calorie-free.

For the full list of Cleveland Clinic’s tips, go to http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/prevention/nutrition/holidayeating12_01.aspx 

For help avoiding holiday weight gain, North Carolina’s Eat Smart Move More program has a holiday challenge that will help you set goals and track your food intake and physical activity.  The site also has resources on healthy recipes, weight log, and healthy tips. The Holiday Challenge start November 22nd and runs through New Year’s Eve. To sign up, go to http://www.myeatsmartmovemore.com/HolidayChallenge/index.html 

Celebrating and having fun over the holidays doesn’t have to mean weight gain!