Kick Off! Publix Supports Food Safe Tailgates!

9/23/2015.  Publix Super Markets connects its National Food Safety Education Month outreach (September) with its’ Publix Ultimate Food Safe Tailgate Experience! Publix is the official supermarket of four National Football League teams – the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Atlanta Falcons—and also supports area college football.

Throughout September Publix is supporting food-safe tailgating events for fans of all the teams – including handing out the Publix Chill Checker and thermometers to fans!

While food safety is every day at Publix, in September especially the company stresses the importance of food safety with its’ associates –while they are at work through weekly communications and while at home through its’ associate website.

In September Publix is also working with Newspapers in Education to deliver a 20-page food safety curriculum program for high school students throughout the Southeastern US. Each newspaper has a Publix Chill Checker attached to the front page. A social media campaign encourages these students to use their Publix Chill Checker and post to Instagram. C3 - Ultimate Food Safe Tailgate_Page_1

Culinary Arts Students Make Food Safety Visit to Elementary School


Culinary Arts students at the Caldwell County Area Technology Center in Kentucky brought valuable food safety messages to younger kids at Caldwell County Elementary and Primary Schools.

In just a few days, kids learned all about handwashing, food temperatures and the “Danger Zone”, kitchen safety, food borne illnesses, and how to use color-coded cutting boards. The kids loved seeing the germs on their hands using the Glo-Germ kits and trying on hairnets provided by a nearby ConAgra Foods.

Thanks to these lessons, the kids are ready to Fight BAC! against foodborne illness.


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Soup kitchen set includes Fight BAC!® posters


The set for the Horizon Theatre’s Atlanta production of GRAND CONCOURSE by playwright Heidi Schreck takes place in a church soup kitchen in the Bronx.

BAC Fighter and former PFSE Board member, Missy Cody, was delighted to see these Fight BAC!® safe food handling posters hanging on the set when she attended the production in early April!   We’re definitely for all actual and all theatrical kitchens posting Fight BAC!® food safety practices!  Thank you for sharing this with BAC Fighters Missy!


Middle School Students Put the Core Four Food Safety Practices to Action


When the kids at TCA Middle School get cooking, you can be sure they’re doing it safely thanks to BAC Fighter Tara Mateo.

Tara recently hosted a cooking lab where students learned all about the four core food safety practices. The students learned about the practices, took a quiz, then put all of their new knowledge to action cooking in a real kitchen. They kids were graded on their safety and sanitation procedures throughout the lab.

Looks like they’re doing a great job – way to go TCA Middle School!

Hy-Vee Shoppers “Caught” in the Act of Health

HyVee_1Members of the McLean County Health Department’s employee-comprised marketing committee are serious about raising awareness around public health. The committee publicly launched a summer program in their hometown of Bloomington, Illinois, focused on publicaly recognizing the individual choices people make every day that, taken together, create a positive effect on health.

The first of these “pop-up” events as they called them, was held on May 21, 2015 at the Bloomington Hy-Vee grocery store.

Lisa Slater, Public Health Communications Specialist, chairs the marketing committee and explained the event this way,

“We wanted to get out into the community and shine a light on individuals who are making good decisions everyday when it comes to their health and the health of their families.” 

At the Hy-Vee pop-up, Lisa’s team surprised shoppers they saw taking positive health action — things like putting a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in their cart, or using hand sanitizer in the store.  To promote home food safety, team members gave each person they stopped a meat thermometer and the Partnership for Food Safety Education’s, Safe Minimum Internal Temperatures/Safe Cooking Guidelines handout, to promote the importance of using food thermometers when cooking to reduce the risk of food poisoning.

Shoppers that were “caught” in the act of doing the right thing for their health also received an “I am Public Health” t-shirt.

Do the right thing for your health — your partners in public health are ready to support you!