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Welcome to the October Edition of the Healthy Schools
e-Newsletter 

 

Brought to you by Regina Area Health Promotion 
Saskatchewan Health Authority 


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October 2019 feature topic:
Food Safety for my School

In this issue:

  1. Common Food Safety Concerns for Schools
  2. Curriculum Connections and Activity Ideas (grades K-12)
  3. September School Nutrition Poster: Snack for Success (FR & EN)
  4. Community Programs and Resources:
  5. Professional Development Videos
  6. How to Connect with us
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Food Safety in Schools - some common concerns

 

 

Fundraising with Food

Foods sold must be low-risk if not prepared in an approved or licensed kitchen.  The only way a high-risk food would be allowed is if they are prepared in a licensed kitchen, transported hot to the site if they are hot foods or refrigerated for items like subs, and served within 2 hours of preparation.
Low Risk Foods
  • Uncut vegetables and fruit
  • Baked goods such as whole grain bread and muffins
  • Unopened prepackaged items such as fruit cups and cheese sticks
High Risk Foods
  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Prepared foods (e.g. chili, casseroles, pasta dishes, etc.)

Accepting Donated Foods 

Foods that have a high risk of causing food-borne illness (e.g., meat and dairy products, etc.) can be accepted by donation if they come from an approved location such as a grocery store, food supplier, licensed restaurant or regulated food processor.

Foods that do not have a high risk of causing food-borne illness may come from local producers or by donation, such as: 
  • uncut vegetables and fruit,
  • baked goods such as bread and muffins
  • non-perishable foods like canned soup

The following foods should not be accepted for donation, used in a school meal service program or for a fundraiser:
  • home canned goods;
  • raw or home pasteurized milk or milk products;
  • farm slaughtered animals or poultry;
  • home processed meat, poultry, fish or dairy products (e.g., cheese);
  • dented, rusted or bulging canned goods or foods past their 'expiry date’;
  • left-over food from events such as banquets and parties.

Potlucks

Potlucks are considered a  closed or private event. Low-risk foods are preferable to be served. If more hazardous foods are served, they should be pre-cooked so that they can be quickly reheated to the proper temperature (74 degrees Celsius) and either held at no less than 60 degrees-Celsius, or consumed within two hours, to lessen the risk of food poisoning.  

With potlucks, the foods and serving utensils are exposed to many people, and therefore hand washing should be stressed, and having an alcohol-based hand sanitizer available is also advised.

Reusable Water Bottles

Reusable water bottles should be brought home with students and washed everyday .
 
Unwashed bottles provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria including nutrients from "backwash," moisture and the right temperature. Bacteria that may settle in the cracks and scratches of the bottle could also pose a health risk.

Students should make sure there is no physical breakdown of the bottle and be advised to wash the bottle with mild soap, rinse it well, then allow it to air dry.

Schools may want to consider developing a policy or administrative procedure for water bottles in the school and send out a fact sheet to families. 
 
Contact your local public health inspector to find out more: Click Here


Reference: www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/08/14/reuse-plastic-water-bottle_n_5671681.html
Download the Food Safety for my School Handout - Gov of SK
Salubrité alimentaire à mon école (FR)

Curriculum Connections and Activity Ideas

Team SCRUB program and  Glow Germ Handwashing Kits


Team SCRUB! is a program geared for children from Kindergarten to Grade 6.

This program helps to promote the importance of proper hand hygiene, leading to decreased rates of communicable disease in our community. Team SCRUB hand washing kits may be borrowed by community groups within the Regina Area, free of charge.

Hand washing Kit can be used with all ages.

Please contact the Environmental Health Department at 306-766-7755 or email environmentalhealth@rqhealth.ca for more information.

October's School Nutrition Information Poster: Snack for Success (FR + EN)

This Month's Nutrition Information Poster is: "Snack for Success

French Poster coming soon - try this one for now: "Collations Santé Faciles
The Public Health Nutritionists of Saskatchewan have developed a nutrition information poster for each month of the school year. This information can be posted in the school, used in newsletters, as a part of school announcements, posted on the school website or used for Facebook or Twitter posts. Download French and English copies HERE

Upcoming School and Community Programs, Resources and Events

Food Safety Training Courses

Did you know that at least one person who has successfully completed an approved food handling course should be present when food is being prepared and served in schools? Safe food handling courses are available through the Public Health Inspection Offices of the Saskatchewan Health Authority. 

For Upcoming Training Dates Visit: www.rqhealth.ca/department/environmental-health/safe-food-handlers-courses

Course & manual fee is $65 (no tax)

Need Ideas for Healthier Halloween Parties and give-aways?


See the Saskatchewan Health Authority Pinterest Page for tips, recipes and ideas for healthier Halloweens and other fun holidays and events.
Healthier Halloween
Healthier Halloween Give-Aways
Healthy Foods for Fun Events

Professional Development Videos

Health Promotion will be developing short professional development videos or webinars on a variety of health related topics to support professionals in their roles. Fill out this short survey to tell us what topics would be most useful for you.
Have your say HERE

Connect with us

Regina Area Health Promotion is here to support your school in health areas including: nutrition, physical activity, positive mental health, body image, and dental health. 
If you would like to share success stories or upcoming events related to health in our newsletter please let us know - Click on the 'envelope' symbol below.

Coming up in the November Edition:  'Cannabis'
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