Quick Links and Important Resources
Safe and Healthy Travel
Summer is the most popular time of the year for family vacations. With more vehicles on roads and highways during the summer, accidents or unexpected events can occur at any time. Here are a few things to remember during your travels:
For more tips on healthy traveling this summer:
Introducing Health Bites
Health Bites is an interactive online nutrition education tool designed to help you and your family enjoy healthier lives. The interactive website provides fun, informative videos on nutrition and ideas on simple and healthy recipes. If you are a WIC participant, the site will allow you to complete modules, to receive nutrition education credit for WIC. Visit www.HealthBitesVA.org to have a world of nutrition and health information at your fingertips!
Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process and lack of nutritional meals during the summer may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again. Virginia’s children need nutritious meals all year long to keep them healthy and ready to learn. The Summer Food Service Program helps fill the nutrition gap when school’s out. With summer meals, children get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow during vacation. For an up-to-date list of Summer Food Service Program sites and for more information participating as a provider, please visit:
June is Men’s Health Month
Take time this month to encourage the men in your family to make an appointment to see their health care provider for a check-up. Often times, many of the major health risks that men face can be prevented if they have regular screenings to diagnose illnesses early.
Lightning Safety Week, June 23-29, 2013
Lightning Safety Week is a time to teach everyone about lightning safety and reduce the risk of injury or death caused by lightning strikes. Being prepared and acting quickly when thunderstorms threaten can save lives.
For additional information on lightning safety and protection:
Possible Contamination of Frozen Berry Blend
Some lots of Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend sold under the Harris Teeter brand in Virginia may be linked to a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A infections. 60 cases of illness are being investigated nationwide. There have not been any cases reported in Virginia.
The product was sold sold in Harris Teeter stores from April 20 until June 1, 2013, under the name Harris Teeter Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend4, 10 oz. bag and UPC 0 72036 70463 4, with Lot Codes of T041613E or T041613C and a “BEST BY” code of 101614. If you purchased this specific product, please discard it.
Symptoms of illness range from fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin or eyes). If you consumed the product and are ill, please contact your health care provider.
If you have consumed this specific product in the last 14 days and have not been vaccinated against hepatitis A, please contact your health care provider.
Most people recover completely, but hepatitis A can cause serious illness. It is very important that people who have symptoms of hepatitis A do not go to work, especially if they work in food service, health care or child care.
For more information on hepatitis A: VDH Hepatits A Fact Sheet
For more information on the recall: FDA Press Release
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