Today kicks off National Public Health Week, a week in which we take time to recognize public health and consider important issues that affect all of us. This year’s theme is “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money,” which was created to highlight the value of prevention.
Every day this week is a different public health theme, and today, the theme focuses on how to ensure a safe and healthy home.
One way to maintain a healthy home is to understand and practice food safety when cooking.
Baylor College of Medicine registered dietitian Roberta Anding provides a few tips for keeping your food safe:
- Check to see if meat is fully cooked by using a meat thermometer. Make sure meat is cooked to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- When reheating food, use a thermometer as well.
- While preparing food, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
- Before cutting and chopping, make sure to wash all produce.
- Have leftovers? Make sure to place them in the refrigerator within two hours.
Anding says that these basic guidelines will ensure that the food you serve is safe to eat.
See more tips for ensuring a healthy home for your family on the National Public Health Week site.
-By Jordan Magaziner