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Macon County residents dining out at local restaurants may not notice the changes, but their dining experience may soon be a little safer thanks to changes in North Carolina’s food safety code. The new rules are effective as of Sept. 1.

“Macon County Public Health environmental health staff work closely with local eating establishments to promote safe food handling practices,” said Macon County Health Director Jim Bruckner. “These new rules allow us to keep up with changes in food preparation techniques, while keeping public health and safety in mind.”

The new food code represents the most comprehensive change in North Carolina’s food protection standards in more than 30 years and establishes practical, sciencebased rules and provisions to help avoid food-borne illnesses, like noroviruses and salmonella.

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Cardiac arrest rescue program

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), the North Carolina Council of Churches, the American Red Cross and Rep. Becky Carney have selected Holly Springs Baptist Church as one of 150 places of worship across the state to participate in Strive to Revive. The program aims to reduce deaths related to cardiovascular disease by providing automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) and CPR training to places of worship across North Carolina.

“Our congregation is committed to protecting the health of our members, and Strive to Revive helps us take this commitment to the next level,” said Janice Lee. “With more than 400 people attending our church each week, we have the potential to save lives and make a real difference in our community.

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The Macon County Public Health Center has received an initial donation of free prescription cards, courtesy of American Consultants Rx.

As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn, loss of jobs, foreclosures, high cost of gas, and the rising cost of prescription drug cost, Charles Myrick, the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project. The project consists of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not-for-profits, hospitals, schools, churches, etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured, underinsured, and seniors in dealing with the high cost of prescription drugs.

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Macon County Public Health has scheduled its first two flu shot clinics for this season.

The first clinic will take place on Friday, Aug. 31, at Southwestern Community College’s campus on Siler Road near the library. Shots will be given from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Signs will direct the public to the appropriate SCC entrance door.

The second clinic will be held at the Macon County Fair. The health department will be giving flu shots at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield exhibit bus on Friday, Sept. 14, from 3-7 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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published: 10/18/2013
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