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Safety tips for turkey thawing

Safety tips for turkey thawing

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Turkeys can be purchased fresh or frozen.  Fulton County Cooperative Extension encourages residents to think “safety” while preparing for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. The Center for Disease Control estimates that each year roughly 1 out of 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.

“We believe that following proper food safety techniques for thawing poultry will help minimize the potential for a food borne illness,” states Menia Chester, Director for Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Properly thawing out a turkey is very important.”

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers food safety tips

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers food safety tips

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- In the event that power goes out for an extended period of time in your neighborhood, Fulton County Cooperative Extension, the food preservation specialists and food safety specialists at the University of Georgia want you to know that the food in your refrigerator and freezer may be saved if you take special care during the outage.

“There are several steps a family can take to protect the food they have stored in their refrigerator and freezer,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Being careful to follow the recommendations from UGA should help in keeping your family safe.”

First, unplug the freezer and refrigerator, as well as other appliances, to protect them from electricity surges when power returns. Also make sure everyone in your household knows not to open the refrigerator or freezer doors; keeping the doors closed will keep the food cold for a longer period of time.

Join the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge

Join the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Weight control is possible during the holiday season. The Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge Blog will show you how. From the Monday before Thanksgiving until the first full week of January, you will receive 14 different tips about how you can eat more wisely and be more active.

“This program is designed to help people recognize and control their eating during the holidays,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “We received feedback from 2013 Challenge participants that the blog messages kept them aware and focused of their goal of not gaining weight over the holidays.”

Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge blog topics will include:

Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market ends season Aug. 27

Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market ends season Aug. 27

FULTON COUNTY, ga. -- On Wednesday, August 27 at 10 a.m., Fulton County Cooperative Extension will celebrate the successful fourth season of the Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market. This year, the program provided approximately 31.5 tons of fresh produce to more than 6,900 residents in 24 Fulton County communities.

The celebration will take place at Berean seventh Day Adventist Church located at 291 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, Atlanta and is open to all Fulton County residents.

The closing ceremony will include comments from Chairman John Eaves, Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Valeria Pickard, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Fulton Fresh was founded in 2011 as part of Fulton County’s continuous effort to address health disparities. Communities served by the seasonal program benefit from the delivery of fresh produce, nutrition education and were taught how to prepare tasty, healthy meals with the produce they received. 

Workshop to teach diabetics to protect health during the summer

Workshop to teach diabetics to protect health during the summer

EAST POINT, Ga. -- Hot summer days can present risks to diabetics. Seniors at Fulton County’s H.J. C. Bowden Senior Facility will learn how to protect their health, particularly if they have diabetes.

On Thursday, July 10, 2014, a workshop will provide 10 safety tips for taking care of diabetes at home and on the job during the summer. During the two-hour workshop, which begins at 10 a.m., seniors will also see a video and receive a safety package providing information on proper diet, hydration and personal care.

The H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility is located at  2885 Church Street in East Point. For more information, contact Barbara Cook at 404-762-4821.

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Georgia parents are buying sparklers for their children this Fourth of July, thinking they are a safe way to celebrate. But, as a Georgia eye expert warns, sparklers heat up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit -- hot enough to melt some metals -- and are the number one cause of fireworks injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.

Members of the Georgia Optometric Association are urging parents to leave all the fireworks to the professionals and avoid fireworks that may cause serious eye injuries when used inappropriately. Some of the most common fireworks injuries are eye abrasions, lacerations, contusions and foreign matter in the eye. The majority of these cases are related to the use of sparklers.

Workshop to focus on safe use of medications

Workshop to focus on safe use of medications

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility will host an information session on the safe use of medications on Thursday, June 26.

The one-hour workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. The Darnell Multipurpose Facility is located at 677 Fairburn Road NW in Atlanta. For more information about the workshop, call Meletta Clayton at 404-613-8580.

To obtain additional information about services available to seniors in Fulton County, please call the STARline at 404-613-6000.

Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability, including communications in an alternative format, should contact the Department of Housing and Human Services at 404-613-7944. To obtain Georgia Relay Access, citizens should dial 711.