Eat, Drink, And Be Healthy
IDPH Offers Tips For Safe Holiday Cooking
SPRINGFIELD – First things first, TAKE THE TURKEY OUT! It may already be time to take
the turkey out of the freezer so that it will be thawed in time for Thanksgiving. Allow approximately 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds of turkey when thawed in the refrigerator. A 20 to 24 pound turkey could take 5 to 6 days to thaw. Never thaw a turkey at room temperature.
“Each year, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages, or what is commonly referred to as food poisoning,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “There are simple steps you can take to avoid becoming ill, including the big four – clean, separate, cook, and chill.”
1. Clean - wash hands, cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops before and after preparing each food item.
2. Separate - keep raw eggs, meat, poultry, seafood, and their juices away from foods that won’t be cooked.
3. Cook - use a food thermometer to make sure meat, poultry, and fish are fully cooked. Color is not a reliable indicator of doneness. Cook turkey to an internal temperature of 165°F.
4. Chill - divide leftovers into shallow containers and refrigerate them within two hours. Use leftovers within 3 to 4 days.
Whether gathering with family for holiday dinners, or spending time with friends at office parties and other celebrations, be cautious when eating certain foods. Foods such as raw oysters, soft- boiled eggs, steak tartare, rare or medium hamburger, and eggnog, mousse or bread pudding (unless made with pasteurized eggs or an egg substitute), can harbor bacteria that cause foodborne illness. Apple cider that has not been pasteurized or otherwise treated to kill bacteria can also make you sick.
A good rule of thumb is, make sure hot foods are hot (above 140°F) and cold foods are cold (below 40°F). Don’t eat food that has been sitting out for more than two hours if the food is not being kept hot or cold.
More information on Food Safety During The Holidays can be found on the IDPH website.
Stickney Public Health District is a Healthy Hotspot!
Healthy HotSpot partners are working together to support or advance policy, systems and environmental improvements to make healthy living easier in places where people live, work, learn, worship, play or receive health care in suburban Cook County.
Since 1946, the Stickney Public Health District has provided community-based public health services to the residents of Stickney Township. Our service area includes the City of Burbank, the Villages of Stickney and Forest View, unincorporated areas of Central Stickney and Nottingham Park, and parts of the Village of Bridgeview (east of Harlem Avenue). We are focused on making Stickney Township a healthy place to live and work.
Aligned with our mission, the Stickney Public Health District has goals to promote physical activity and healthy eating; reduce obesity; and decrease the level of untreated high blood pressure in our community. We work together with many partners --- community-based organizations, schools, senior homes to name a few – to develop and implement programs and initiatives that make healthy living easier for our residents.Visit the Cook County Public Health website for more information concerning the Healthy Hotspot program.
Notice Concerning the Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Period and Navigation Services
The Open Enrollment Period will begin shortly. For important information concerning this and related information please follow this link:
Affordable Care Act Notice
Community Health Improvement: Your Voice Counts and Your Opinion Matters
The Cook County Department of Public Health is asking suburban Cook County adults, ages 18 years and older, for information about conditions in our communities that support health. Conditions that support health include: affordable housing, health services, job opportunities, good schools, public transportation, recreation, community safety, and more.
Answering a few questions can help the health department and our partners improve your community's health. The survey takes about 15 minutes and is available in English and Spanish.
A Polish version can be found here.
Language Volunteer Program
Are you bi-lingual? Interested in helping others? Find out how you can volunteer to bridge the language barrier for those seeking public services. More on the Language Volunteer Program...
Need Vaccines? 19 Years or Older With No Insurance?
Adult Vaccines Available at No Cost! It is important that everyone, no matter what age, get vaccinated. Questions?
Contact Public Health Nursing staff 708-424-9200.
Diabetes Support Program Offered in collaboration with Little Company of Mary Hospital
One hour sessions starting at 10 A.M. on the second Tuesday of each month will be held at the South Stickney Public Health District Site, 5635 State Road, Burbank, IL.
This program is FREE of charge and open to Stickney Township Adults. Space is limited to 25 attendees. Call 708-424-9200, est. 2137 for more information or to reserve your seat today.
Stickney Public Health District – South Site
5635 State Road
Mondays at 4pm
Wednesdays at noon
Start date: April 6, 2015
Stickney Public Health District – Central Site
4900 S, Long
Chicago, Il 60638
Tuesdays at noon
Start date: April 14, 2015
Stickney Public Health District – North Site
6721 W. 40th St.
Stickney, IL 60402
Thursdays at noon
Start date: April 9, 2015
LSV Senior Center
7745 S. Leamington
Burbank, IL 60459
Wednesdays at 9am
Start date: April 8, 2015
Stickney Strollers have invited us to join their group!