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Health Promotion & Food Safety

Health Promotion is how public health staff work to enable individuals and communities to increase, take control over, and improve their health. It focuses on providing equal opportunities and resources to help people be as healthy as they can. Health promotion includes enhancing-public policy, creating supportive environments for healthy living and strengthening community action towards active and engaged communities. 

Food Safety

Thousands of people suffer from foodborne illnesses each year. Most foodborne illness is caused by bacteria, while some is caused by viruses, parasites or poisons produced by some bacteria or chemical that gets into our food. Bacteria, or germs, can multiply to millions within a few short hours at the right temperature; while you cannot see, smell or taste the bacteria or germ. It is not always easy to determine if your symptoms have been caused by food. You can start feeling sick anywhere from hours to weeks after the food has been eaten. Most often, people get sick within a couple of days after eating food that has been contaminated. Symptoms of foodborne illness can include:
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • stomach cramps
Sometimes there can be long term complications and even death. If you think you have a foodborne illness, visit your doctor and notify your local Public Health Office right away. 
 
People most likely to become sick from contaminated food are:
  • young children
  • seniors
  • pregnant women
  • people who are already unwell, or have a decreased immune system

Helpful Links
Four steps to handling food safely
Public Health Inspectors

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