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Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
Global Employee Health & Fitness Month is an international observance that promotes healthy behavior changes, leading to lifelong habits.
Making better food choices, engaging in more physical activity and taking part in health screenings are probably the first things that come to mind when discussing behavior changes; another important behavior change that can be made in the workplace is proper food safety while eating at your desk.
Give bacteria the pink slip the next time you eat at your desk by following these safety tips:
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with hot, soapy water before and after eating. If you can’t wash your hands at the time, keep moist towelettes or anti-bacterial hand cleaner at your desk.
- Keep perishable foods properly refrigerated below 40°F within two hours of making your workplace meal. Keep in mind the clock starts the minute you make your brown bag meal at home, not when you walk into your office.
- Don't let any of your lunch leftovers go unrefrigerated for more than two hours.
- If you carry your lunch in a reusable tote, don't forget to wash it regularly.
- If you bring leftovers for lunch, make sure they are reheated to a safe temperature of 165° F.
Download our Desktop Dining tip sheet, and for more information on preventing food poisoning at the office or in the home, visit www.HomeFoodSafety.org.
For more tips about improving your health throughout the day, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist.
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Reviewed March 2013