Food Safe Schools Program.
Current activities of NEHA's Food Safe Schools Program include
* Expansion, enhancement, and promotion of NEHA's school health/food safety resources evaluation Web site -- A user-friendly Web site has been developed to serve as a resource for school health/food safety training materials. Through NEHA, an experienced team of environmental health professionals reviews a continually updated inventory of school health/food safety resource and training materials for content, quality, and compatibility with the FDA Food Code.
* Promotion of the Food Safe Schools Action Guide -- The purpose of the Food Safe Schools Action Guide is to help schools assess their food safety programs and to help prevent young people from becoming ill as a result of improperly prepared or mishandled food. NEHA proposes to collaborate with all constituents to promote the use of the action guide.
Future activities being planned for NEHA's Food Safe Schools Program include
* Development of an "Epi-Ready for Schools" workshop on foodborne-disease-outbreak investigation and disease surveillance -- NEHA proposes to develop and provide a pilot training workshop to teach the fundamentals of foodborne-disease-outbreak investigation and disease surveillance methods to school nurses and to environmental health professionals who inspect school food service facilities.
* Promoting and endorsing the integration of food safety certification into the school food service program -- The certification of supervisory-level food managers is key to sustaining a food safe school environment. NEHA will promote its own nationally recognized Certified Food Safety Professional (C.F.S.P.) credential and encourage supervisory-level managers to sit for this credentialing examination. We also will promote the use of the School Network for Absenteeism Prevention (SNAP) handwashing program to all school staff, including school nurses and environmental health professionals who inspect school food service facilities.
For more information about the Food Safe Schools Program or to volunteer to be on the literature review committee, please visit the NEHA Web site at www.neha.org. You may also contact Tom Dickey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (563) 285-7870, or Vanessa T. DeArman at email@example.com or (303) 756-9090, extension 311.
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|Title Annotation:||NEHA News|
|Publication:||Journal of Environmental Health|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2004|
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