By Kristina Beaugh, USDA Public Affairs Specialist
Did you know about 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food poisoning every year? Infections from foodborne pathogens can lead to diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, upset stomach, fever, and dehydration.
Older adults can be more susceptible to foodborne sicknesses and related illnesses, which can have serious complications. For example, our stomachs may not produce enough acid to reduce the number of bacteria in our intestinal tract, resulting in infection.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is hosting a free Food Safety 101 for Older Adults program at nine senior centers across the country, including a stop in College Station on Wednesday, June 8 at 10 a.m. at the Southwood Community Center.
Developed with the National Council on Aging, the program aims to educate older adults about the basics of food safety and to encourage them to follow the steps needed to prevent foodborne illness in their homes. Though food safety is important all year long, Food Safety 101 for Older Adults focuses on the summer. Bacteria grow faster in warm weather, so extra steps need to be taken to prevent food poisoning.
As a former student at Texas A&M (Class of ’14), I’m delighted to bring the food safety tour to College Station. Leading our presentation will be USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety Alfred V. Almanza.
Join us to learn some great food safety information just in time for summer. We’ll serve light refreshments, and you could go home with a new digital food thermometer!
Kristina Beaugh (@) is a Public Affairs Specialist for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Originally from New Orleans, she graduated from the Louisiana-Lafayette in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and from Texas A&M in 2014 with a master’s in health promotion and community health sciences. While attending A&M, Kristina worked for the College Station Parks and Recreation Department as facility and event supervisor at Southwood Community Center.
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