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SUMMER 2013

New & Noteworthy

Cottage Food Operation

In May, 2013, the Nevada Legislature passed the Cottage Food Bill (SB206), allowing certain foods to be prepared in a person’s home and sold directly to the consumer from home, farmer’s markets, swap meets, flea markets, church bazaars, garage sales or craft fairs. Registered cottage food operators can only manufacture the following foods:

  • Nuts and nut mixes
  • Candies
  • Jams, jellies, and preserves
  • Vinegar and flavored vinegar
  • Dry herbs and seasoning mixes
  • Dried fruit
  • Cereals, trail mixes and granola
  • Popcorn and popcorn balls
  • Certain baked goods

Visit the Cottage Food Operation webpages for more information.

Soda Free Summer

This month the Southern Nevada Health District unveiled its inaugural Soda Free Summer Challenge to inspire community members to make a lasting commitment to health by reducing or eliminating sweetened beverages. Sign the pledge and complete the tracker by Aug. 22 to become eligible for a drawing to win an iPod shuffle or Target gift card. Visit the Get Healthy Clark County website for details.

Back-to-School Vaccines

Can you believe that school starts next month? All Nevada school children must be immunized before entering school. While the health district will offer extended hours and Saturday mall clinics to help get all students vaccinated, the lines can still be long. Skip the lines and bring your kids into the health district before the rush. The vaccines required for school are available all year round. Visit the Immunization Clinic webpages for a list of clinic locations.

Summer Safety

Heat, drowning and West Nile virus are just a few summer hazards. Now is the time to think about what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones this summer.

Heat
Heat kills more people in the U.S. than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined. Your best defense against heat-related illness is prevention. Staying cool and making simple changes in your fluid intake, activities and clothing during hot weather can help you remain safe and healthy. Visit the Heat Safety webpages for tips on staying cool this summer.

Drowning
Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury and death in Clark County for children 4 years old and under. Most drowning occurs while a caregiver is at home and there is a brief lapse in supervision. Practice the ABC&D’s of drowning prevention to keep your loved ones safe. Visit the Get Healthy Clark County website for details.

West Nile Virus
Mosquitoes trapped by the health district have tested positive for West Nile virus and several people have already tested positive for the disease. West Nile virus is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Prevent infection by using insect repellent and remove breeding sources (standing water) from around your home. Report green swimming pools and standing/stagnant water sources to your local code enforcement agency. More information is available on the West Nile virus and Mosquito Control webpages.

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