Food Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson urges residents to practice food safety when picnicking and barbecuing this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer. Oakland County Health Division says four easy steps – clean, separate, cook, and chill – will help prevent harmful bacteria from making family members and guests sick. "We want our residents to have a safe and healthy holiday weekend by remembering food safety tips when preparing, storing, and cooking food to prevent foodborne … [Read more...]

Keep food safe during holiday weekend

In wake of recent E. coli illnesses and the ground beef recall by Wolverine Packing Company in Detroit, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson urges residents to practice food safety this Memorial Day Weekend and all summer long. Whether at a picnic, outdoor event or grilling at home, the following tips from the county’s Health Division on preparing, storing and cooking food will help protect individuals from foodborne illnesses. Cook meats to a safe internal temperature - Use a meat … [Read more...]

Why War?

My family and I had the privilege of visiting Washington, D.C. over Easter weekend. It was really special getting to see all the different monuments and reflect on the sacrifices made for us. While it was difficult to answer our son's questions, my husband and I did the best we could. The only question we couldn't really answer was, "Why war?" It was difficult for him to wrap his mind around violence, fighting, and death. He couldn't grasp why we would honor that. I had to help his four-year-old … [Read more...]

The MDCH reminds swimmers to keep the water clean

LANSING – The week before Memorial Day is Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week. Every year, thousands of Americans get sick with recreational water illnesses (RWIs) such as diarrhea. With the warmer weather and holiday weekend, the Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH) and Environmental Quality (DEQ) are reminding residents of some simple tips they can take to stay safe when swimming in private and public pools. “We all share the water we swim in. During the holiday … [Read more...]