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Tips for keeping Independence Day celebrations safe

By | June 30th, 2021|Preparedness|

I hope everyone has a happy Fourth of July weekend. Those of us in public health have some tips on how to make your celebrations safe while you’re enjoying time with family and friends.  COVID-19 Safety Please be aware when enjoying time with others that COVID-19 remains active in our communities. Variants such as Delta (B.1.617.2) [...]

This Labor Day, Find Your #Quaranteam and Team Up Arizona

By | September 2nd, 2020|Preparedness|

Labor Day is this weekend and many Arizonans may have plans to spend the holiday with family and friends. There are several precautions that you and your family can take to stay safe from COVID-19 and other illnesses. Remember that you are safer at home. But, if you want to spend time with others make [...]

Keep Salmonella off your Thanksgiving menu

By | November 21st, 2018|Preparedness|

The thought of holiday celebrations can bring feelings of both warmth and excitement. We all look forward to Grandma’s special recipe or our favorite holiday dish. Thanksgiving is certainly no exception, and the last thing you need on your holiday plate is a big serving of Salmonella. Following a few simple pieces of advice can help [...]

New Report Highlights Food Safety in Arizona

By | December 15th, 2017|Preparedness|

Food safety may not be something you think about everyday, but it is certainly on the minds of the ADHS Food Safety & Environmental Services Program and the County Environmental Health Departments.  These are the programs and departments charged with preventing foodborne illness through the inspections their Registered Sanitarians and Sanitarian Aides conduct at over [...]

Prepare Fruits Safely to Avoid Foodborne Diseases

By | July 19th, 2017|Preparedness|

Summer is here, and that means a new set of seasonal fruit to enjoy. Summertime also means an increased risk for foodborne illnesses, as bacteria multiply faster in warmer temperatures. The last thing you want on a vacation, road trip, or at a backyard barbecue are sick kids. Thankfully, washing fruits thoroughly can keep them [...]

Healthy Meetings for a Healthy You

By | May 11th, 2017|Prevention|

Workplaces can either help or hurt our efforts to eat well, be active, and improve our health. Here at the Arizona Department of Health Services, we are taking a step forward to make it easier to include healthier options and physical activity in our meetings with a new department-wide Healthy Meeting Policy and a Healthy [...]

School Garden Program is Budding with Change

By | January 5th, 2017|Preparedness|

Last month we launched new materials on our School Garden Program website. The Food Safety Plan was transformed from a pre-written template to a fillable PDF where applicants can easily input information about their garden and write their own policies and procedures. By writing their own food safety plans, garden leaders are empowered to proactively [...]

Keeping the Public Safe and Healthy; Environmental Health Specialists at Work

By | November 28th, 2016|Preparedness|

Ever wonder who inspects restaurants, swimming pools and spas, and hotels to make sure they are safe for the public?  Our sanitarians and environmental health specialists and all the local county environmental health departments are the individuals that go into the field conducting these inspections.  They work with members of the public, business owners, and [...]

Keep Your Thanksgiving Feast Safe

By | November 22nd, 2016|Preparedness|

Thanksgiving is just two days away, so whether you’ve been tasked with making an entire Thanksgiving meal or just preparing a few dishes, there are four simple steps to food safety that everyone should follow: clean, separate, cook, and chill. Clean your hands and kitchen surfaces often when preparing food. Wash your hands for 20 [...]

Proper Temperatures Are Critical to Keeping Food Safe

By | September 29th, 2016|Preparedness|

In observance of Food Safety Education Month, we have been covering the four keys to food safety, which are Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill. This week, we will learn more about the final key: Chill. Keeping food at the right temperature prevents bacteria from rapidly multiplying in food and making us sick . Most foodborne illness-causing [...]