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Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to make a plan to quit smoking, or to plan in advance to quit smoking on that day. By quitting for even one day, smokers t… Read More…

November Is Diabetes Awareness Month

According to the Lorain County Community Health Assessment from 2011, 13% of adults were living with diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that diabetes is becoming one of the most common chronic diseases in The United State… Read More…

You’re Invited! Lorain County’s 12th Annual Zero Proof Mix-Off

You’re invited to the 12th Annual Zero Proof Mix-Off! Non-alcoholic drinks, live music and dancing, prizes, local celebrity judges, and more! Join us for a night of festivities as we promote a safe holiday season. 

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RX Drop Box Locations

Under proper medical supervision, medications can help us live longer and healthier lives; but if misused or abused, they can cause dangerous effects. Approximately 70% of teens obtain prescription medication from family or friends, often from the fam… Read More…

Thanksgiving Food Safety

Listen up first time turkey-cookers and experienced turkey-chefs! Safely preparing a Thanksgiving meal is important to keep your guests and family healthy this holiday season. It all starts with “the big Thaw”- leaving your bird thawing out on the counter for more than two hours is unsafe and is a commonly made mistake. There are three safe ways to thaw a turkey which include refrigerator, cold water, or a microwave. Click here to find out how to properly thaw your Thanksgiving bird with each method.

We all know it doesn’t stop there. What would Thanksgiving be without the trimmings? Safely preparing the big Thanksgiving dinner goes beyond thawing the turkey. Keep your family and guests gobbling well past Turkey Day with these simple food safety tips.

 

1. Wash: Wash hands, counter tops and cutting boards to prevent the spread of bacteria present from the raw poultry can contaminate your hands, utensils, and work surfaces as you prepare the turkey. Clean hands and surfaces can prevent food poisoning, Your guests may want you to give them your squash recipe this Thanksgiving, but they definitely don’t want you to give them food poisoning!

2. Separate: Have specific work spaces; separate raw meats and unclean objects from touching cooked or ready-to-eat foods. That means the cutting board you used for raw meat shouldn’t double as cutting board for a chopped salad!

3. Cook: Your sight, smell and taste won’t cut it when it comes to making sure that foods are cooked through. Invest is a food thermometer so that you can check the internal temperatures of your meats and foods.

How hot does your bird need to be?
- Your bird should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F.
- Make sure the center of the stuffing reaches a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F too. If it doesn’t reach that temperature, bacteria can survive in the stuffing and possibly make your guests sick.
- Your safest bet is to cook the stuffing outside the turkey in a casserole dish. However, if you place stuffing inside the turkey, do so just before cooking, and use a food thermometer.

4. Refrigerate: Keep foods out of that dreaded “danger zone” by keeping cold foods cold. When you’re finished eating, refrigerate leftovers promptly.

 

For more Turkey Time and Thanksgiving food safety tips follow us on Facebook, like us on Twitter, or call us at 440-322-6367 all season long. Or check out this resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

 

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November Fitness Walks

Don’t let the cold weather derail your fitness routine! Come join Lorain County Walks every Monday in November from 5:30-6pm at the Lorain County Metro Parks Splash Zone (95 W Hamilton St, Oberlin, OH 44074). A beautiful indoor walking track will keep… Read More…

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dave Covell, RS MPH, Health Comissioner of the Lorain County General Health District, reminds residents of the importance of early detection and screening. Making healthy food choices and exercising r… Read More…

Local Experts Talk Water…

Have you ever thought about what happens to toilet water after you flush, or where your glass of water was before it came out of the faucet? Discover the link between sewage and drinking water this Thursday, October 24 during “Live on Lakeside” on WKYC (channel 3) at Noon. Tune in then to hear from longtime sanitarians, Jill Lis and John Sabo from the Lorain County General Health District. They will help answer some stinky and downright surprising facts about the energy, cost and maintenance that go toward turning wastewater into safe drinking water for you and your family. 

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2013 Flu Clinics

 Anyone can catch the flu. It’s never known when people will begin to get sick and how long the illness will last. To protect both you and your loved ones this flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a fl… Read More…

Prescription Drug Take Back October 26

Unused and outdated medications should be disposed of properly. Help prevent prescription drug abuse, starting with your own medicine cabinet. On Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lorain County will hold prescription drug take bac… Read More…