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PACIV Live Well Work Well Program- July Newsletter

Summer Picnic Safety Tips, Leaving your shoes at the door

The Live Well Work Well Newsletter for July 2021 presents the Environmental Working Group (EWG) 2021 Dirty Dozen List. Every year EWG ranks pesticide residue levels of fruits and vegetables based on samples taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.

The Dirty Dozen List consists of:

PearsBell and hot peppersCeleryTomatoes

Important Facts: To remove pesticide residue, simply wash your fresh produce under running tap water for 30 seconds. You can still eat the fruit and veggies mentioned on the list, all properly handled fresh produce, whether organic or not, is believed to be safe to eat.

Access the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration results here:

Another topic was, Summer Picnic Safety Tips. The best way to celebrate summer is to get outside and enjoy food with friend and family. With this new vaccination phase, these activities are closer than we think!

But we should be careful about for potential food related illnesses. Here are some tips:

  • Wash cooking equipment in between uses.
  • Store all perishables in a cooler with ice on top, not just underneath.
  • Invest in a meat thermometer so you can make sure all meat is properly cooked.

Visit to learn more about food safety practices.

And finally, the Pandemic gave us a better sense of tracking disease-causing germs and to avoid them from coming into our Homes by being inside of our shoes. Research found that the outside of your shoes can be a carrier for viruses and bacteria, including E. coli.

You can reduce the unnecessary spread of germs in your living space by:

  • Leaving shoes at the door
  • Washing your hands after you take of your shoes.
  • Cleaning your shoes

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