Safe Cooking Outdoors and Back to School Physicals

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Outdoor Cooking Safety

Reports of food poisoning are known to spike in the summer. According to the US Department of Agriculture, this is because increased humidity and warmer temperatures are ideal conditions for the growth of bacteria. When cooking outside during the summer, it’s important to take the necessary precautions needed to avoid food poisoning. Here are a few tips the CDC recommends following when grilling outside that will significantly decrease your chances of getting food poisoning:

  • Take the time to wash your hands and clean the cooking surface you’re using before you begin cooking your food.
  • Before using a grill, use a damp cloth to clean the grill’s surface. When using a wire bristle brush, be sure to inspect the grill’s surface to ensure that none of its bristles were dislodged onto the grill.
  • If you’re grilling away from home and don’t have access to a refrigerator, be sure to keep any meat, poultry and protected in an insulated cooler that is below 40 degrees.
  • Avoid cross-contamination. Cross-contamination is the transfer of harmful bacteria between foods and/or utensils, cutting boards, etc. It can be avoided by wrapping meats, poultry and fish individuals to keep their juices away from other food. Remember to never place cooked food on any plate that has previously held raw food unless it has been thoroughly washed.
  • Make sure your meat is warm enough to kill germs that might be harmful by using a food thermometer. The CDC recommends the following temperatures for the following food products:
  • -145°F for whole cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and veal (stand-time of 3 minutes at this temperature)

    -145°F for fish

    -160°F for hamburgers and other ground beef

    -165°F for all poultry and pre-cooked meats, like hot dogs

  • Remember to store any leftovers you may have. Food that has been left out for over two hours might not be safe to eat.

Back to School Season

Back to school season isn’t quite here yet but being prepared is always in season. Does your child need a physical for school or sports? Have they met their school’s immunization requirements? Are they taking steps to avoid spreading germs? It’s important to think about these things in order to make sure your child stays happy, healthy and in the classroom. Dr. Yost and the staff at Peachtree Immediate Care understand how much children don’t like missing school, so we’ve put together a few tips for you to follow to help promote wellness:

Physicals

Many schools, camps, and sports require physicals, and now is a great time to head over to your closest Peachtree Immediate Care location and get your child’s physical completed before the start of the sports season. We offer affordable, quick, easy, no-appointment-needed physicals for both school and sports. You can count on our knowledgeable, caring staff and health care providers to set the stage for a happy and healthy school year by answering all of your questions and making sure that you and your child are prepared for the challenges ahead.

Peachtree Immediate care offers a school physical, sports physical, as well as a cardiac screening for sports physicals. The cardiac screening for the sports physical specifically screens for Hereditary Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy. This condition affects 1 in 300-500 people and is a common cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes. Our providers use a combination of the squat test with an EKG to screen for this condition.

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Immunizations

Most schools have an immunization requirement and will not allow students to attend if their vaccinations are incomplete. For more information about when your child should receive each of these vaccinations, visit the CDC’s website . Call your local Peachtree Immediate Care clinic to find out what vaccines we offer. Click here to find your closest clinic .

Other Ways to Stay Healthy During the School Year

Physicals, immunizations and handwashing can go a long way, but a healthy lifestyle doesn’t stop there. Here are a few more quick tips to follow to make sure your child is following the best health practices throughout the school year:

  • Get plenty of sleep! The CDC recommends that children between the ages of six and twelve get nine to twelve hours of sleep every twenty-four hours. Children between the ages of thirteen to eighteen should get around eight to ten hours of sleep.
  • If your child suffers from a chronic condition (such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, food allergies, or something else), be sure that you’ve informed the school's health services department and teachers. It’s important to be prepared for any potential emergency that could take place.
  • Make sure your child gets at least sixty minutes of physical activity each day. This not only helps your child’s current mental/physical health, but it will help put them in the habit of living a healthy lifestyle as they grow older.
  • Eat smart. Pay attention to what your child is eating for lunch as well as what he or she is snacking on. Keep in mind that just because a product claims to be “low fat” or “low sugar,” it doesn’t necessarily mean that the product is healthy from a nutritional perspective. If possible, read nutritional labels in order to find the most accurate information available.