After-School Food Safety

Reviewed by Wendy Marcason, RDN
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During the school year, many families face busy schedules packed with after-school activities. Don't let food poisoning throw a wrench into your packed itinerary, with just a few food safety tips, you can help keep your family healthy and active.

  • If your child has an extra-curricular activity directly after school, they may not have time to return home for a snack. Send them to school with a nutritious after-school snack.
  • With busy after-school activities, you may be serving dinner late, or even a few times throughout the evening. Remember to properly refrigerate and reheat dinner.
  • One of the best things you can do to reduce your risk of food poisoning is to properly wash your hands. In fact, proper hand washing may eliminate a large percentage of food poisoning cases and significantly reduce the spread of the common cold. Do your children wash their hands when you aren't around?

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