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Health Tip: Pack Safe School Lunches

Health Tip: Pack Safe School Lunches

08/27/13

(HealthDay News) -- As the kids head back to school, make sure you follow food-safety guidelines while packing their lunches.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests how to keep school lunches safe and healthy:

  • Wash your child's lunch box each day with warm, soapy water.
  • Even when in a rush, don't take shortcuts. Wash your hands before preparing your child's lunch, and make sure food-preparation areas are clean.
  • Pack perishable foods in an insulated container with an ice pack. Store perishables packed the night before in the refrigerator.
  • Pack shelf-stable lunchtime goodies such as trail mix, cut veggies, cereal, granola, fruit and whole grain crackers.
  • Wash all fruits and veggies, even those that need to be peeled.
  • Remind kids to wash hands before eating. Make sure they throw away or refrigerate any perishables left over from lunch.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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