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There are over 600 million people in the world that don’t have access to clean drinking water. Dr. Teri Dankovich has developed The Drinkable Book that might be able to help those people. The pages in this book contain printed information on how and why water should be filtered and they are to be torn out to filter water. Each page contains nanoparticles of silver or copper that kill bacteria in the water as it passes through. All you have to do is tear out a paper, put it in a simple filter holder, and pour water into it. In 25 trials at contaminated water sources, in South Africa, Ghana, and Bangladesh, the paper removed 99% of bacteria. The end result was water similar to US tap water. There is still more work to be done but this book brings us one step closer to a world where everyone has access to drinkable water.

You always hear about how important it is to safely handle your food. However, you hardly ever hear about why you should handle your food safely. The USDA created a list of reasons why you should handle your food safely for its Meat and Poultry Hotline 25th year anniversary. Here are their top ten reasons:

  1. Safe food handling practices are the ones most likely to preserve food’s peak quality.
  2. Safe food handling lets you enjoy, to the fullest, the nutritional benefits of food.
  3. The safest ways to handle food are usually the most efficient.
  4. Safe food handling is easy. You set a good example for others, including your children.
  5. Safe food handling inspires confidence and keeps peace in the family.
  6. Safe food handling can enhance your standing in the community.
  7. Safe food handling is the responsible thing to do.
  8. Safe food handling saves money.
  9. By handling food safely, you will spare yourself and your family from a painful bout of illness.
  10. It may save a life.

For more food safety information visit www.fsis.usda.gov.

P.S. Our food safety products will kill bacteria and viruses making your food even safer. They also save you money by doubling the shelf life of your food. Click here to view our food safety products.

Do you eat enough fruits and vegetables? According to the CDC most of us aren’t getting the proper amounts of fruits and vegetables in our diets. A study from the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that eating seven serving of fruits and vegetables a day led to a 42 percent lower risk of death during the study period, a 25 percent reduction in deaths from cancer, and a 31 percent dip in deaths from heart disease and stroke. It’s not always easy to fit in the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables in our daily routine, but here are a few easy ways to fit them in:

  • Keep them visible so you will be more likely to grab them when in a hurry.
  • Add a few slices of banana or a few berries to your breakfast cereal or oatmeal.
  • Make smoothies out of your favorite fruits and vegetables.
  • Dried fruits are great as toppings.
  • Frozen fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious and they are always available.

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Do you conserve water? How about energy? Or even gas? What if you got paid to do it? There is a company called MeterHero who is giving rebates to customers who save water and energy. MeterHero takes your utility bills from the last 2 years and creates a baseline. If you are under the baseline you get a rebate. One customer received $160 just from not watering their grass anymore. Using MeterHero will not only save you money but it will also help the Earth. If you are interested in MeterHero, visit MeterHero.com.  Start conserving today! 

Everyone spends time in the sun whether it’s lounging by the pool, exercising, or just driving your car. Unfortunately, all of that sun exposure can have negative effects on your skin. The sun can cause wrinkles, age spots, cancer, and more.

Here are some ways to protect yourself:

  • Even though we have hair that covers our scalp, it is still possible to get skin cancer there. It is best to wear a hat or put sunscreen on your head if you don’t have hair.
  • If you want to keep your face looking young and free of wrinkles, make sure to use a daily sunscreen with "broad-spectrum" protection again UVA and UVB rays and a SPF of at least 30. Remember to use some on your ears and use a lip balm with sunscreen to protect your lips.
  • The sun can damage your eyes causing cataracts and macular degeneration. It is best to choose sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays and 75% to 90% of visible light.
  • The back is among the most common locations for melanoma, especially among men. So always apply sunscreen when going shirtless and regularly check for melanoma.
  • The backs of your hands get sun exposure every day resulting in cancer, dark spots and thinning, crinkled skin. Use sunscreen on your hands every day.
  • Legs are a common melanoma spot for women. Do not tan unless you’re using a self-tanner. Always apply sunblock when going out bare-legged.
  • Though it's not common, you can get skin cancers on the soles of feet. Be sure to apply sunscreen on your feet and if you get them, wet reapply it.

You only get one skin, so treat it the best you can.

Do you ever think about how much food you waste? I know I never used to think about it. When you’re only thinking about how much food you waste it doesn’t seem so bad, but when you add together the waste of everyone in America, it becomes a big problem. Learning how to reduce your food waste can potentially save you money, help the earth, help a person in need, and save water.

These are a few facts from the EPA about wasted food:

  • In 2012, Americans sent about 35 million tons of wasted food to landfills. That’s 21% of the food that we grew, harvested, and bought that year.
  • The food Americans waste each day can fill the Rose Bowl Stadium.
  • A family of four loses $1,600 every year from the wasted food they toss out.
  • Grocery stores, universities, stadiums and other similar businesses lose close to $165 billion on wasted food every year.
  • 13% of our country’s greenhouse gas emissions are created by growing and distributing food.
  • More than 95% of food waste that could be composted goes to landfills instead. When wasted food goes to landfills, it generates methane as it decomposes.
  • 25% of our country’s freshwater supplies go to producing food that gets wasted.

Here are a few ways to reduce food waste:

  • Plan out your meals and only buy what you need for those meals. It also helps to shop on a full stomach.
  • Don’t buy in bulk just because it’s cheaper. Only buy the quantity that you truly need.
  • Put new groceries in the back so that you use the old ones before they expire.
  • Reuse food for another meal.
  • Find new ways to use all of your produce before it goes bad.
  • Always take home your leftovers from a restaurant.
  • Learn what fruits and vegetables can be frozen.
  • Find out if there is a composting service in your area, or you can even do it yourself.
  • Donate food that you won’t use by the expiration date.

We hope you will join us end food waste for good. 

Summer is the best time for parties, BBQ’s, cookouts, etc. most of which include tons of food. The warm weather is also the best time for bacteria to multiply. Leaving food out for your parties can potentially put your food in the danger zone. The danger zone is the temperature, between 40°F and 140°F, where bacteria multiply quickly. Below are a few ways to keep your food out of the danger zone.

  • Keep cold food at 40°F by leaving it in the refrigerator or putting it on ice.
  • Keep hot food at 140°F with chafing dishes or slow cookers.
  • When reheating cooked food in the microwave, the oven, or on the stove top it must reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Perishable foods left at room temperature will go bad after two hours.

A great use of a kiddie pool we’ve seen is to place it on a sturdy table, fill it half-way with ice, and set all of your cold foods in the kiddie pool.  Just be sure to poke a drainage hole in the bottom, preferably near some plants, so your food doesn’t go swimming!

We hope you are all having a terrific summer, and be sure to always drink plenty of water! 

Summer is here and so is the scorching heat. Many people like to go outside and exercise, however, most are not prepared for the heat. In the past month at least six hikers required assistance because of injury or dehydration, two of which did not survive. Knowing the symptoms and treatment of heat exhaustion and heat stroke may save your life or the life of someone around you. Below are the symptoms, as well as treatments, for both heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 

Symptoms of heat exhaustion:

•     Heavy sweating

•     Feeling weak and/or confused

•     Dizziness

•     Nausea

•     Headache

•     Fast heartbeat

•     Dark-colored urine, which means dehydration.

If you believe you are suffering from heat exhaustion, stop and drink plenty of water. Also, remove any tight clothing and take a cool shower or bath, if possible. If you are still having symptoms after 30 minutes, call 911.

Symptoms of heatstroke:

  • A fever of 104°F or more
  • Severe headache
  • Dizziness and feeling light-headed
  • A flushed or red appearance to the skin
  • Lack of sweating
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Fast breathing
  • Feeling confused, anxious or disoriented
  • Seizures

If you believe someone is having a heat stroke, call 911 and move them to a cool place. Also take off any restrictive clothing and place ice packs on their neck, back and armpits. 

Independence Day is almost here! I’m sure many of you have plans to attend an Independence Day celebration this Saturday.

Here are some celebrations happening in the Coachella Valley:

  • Palm Springs will host a fireworks show on July 4th at the Palm Springs Stadium starting at 9:15.
  • Palm Desert is throwing an Independence Day celebration on July 4th at Civic Center Park starting at 7:30. The celebration will include music, fireworks and more.
  • Desert Hot Springs will be hosting an Independence Day after party on July 5th from 6pm-10pm at 64949 Mission Lakes Blvd. There will be live music, fireworks, and food trucks.
  • Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is celebrating Independence Day a few days early on July 2nd at Eagle Falls Golf Course, located at 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, with the fireworks starting at 9 p.m.

Click here to view a list of Fireworks Shows in Riverside County.

We hope you have a fun and safe Independence Day!