Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Tips For Holiday Food Safety

BACTERIA MULTIPLIES - Food poisoning is caused by bacteria, which can grow and multiply on food when the food is handled in a place that is not clean, when it is stored or cooked improperly, or in some cases, when it is eaten raw. These bacteria make the food go "bad," and will make people sick if they eat the contaminated food.
IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE - Age and health status can affect how sick a person becomes, or how long food illness lasts; young children, seniors and those in poor health are at highest risk. It is important that you inform your family doctor if you suspect you are suffering from food poisoning, especially if the symptoms (usually nausea, vomiting and diarrhea) seem serious. See a doctor for advise.
HANDLE FOOD WITH CARE - To protect yourself and your family from possible food poisoning, always choose, store, handle and prepare food with care.
The two most important points to remember in order to avoid food poisoning are:
 1) handle food in ways that will keep it from being exposed to bacteria, and
2) kill bacteria by heating or cooling food; bacteria thrive in room temperature. Avoid keeping foods in the Danger Zone - the unsafe temperatures between 40-140 degrees Fahrenheit.
CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN -- You can't see, taste, or smell them. They're sneaky little critters, and they can spread throughout the kitchen and get onto cutting boards, utensils, sponges, countertops and food. They're food-borne bacteria - and if eaten, they can cause food-borne illness. So on your mark, get set, go...clean!
Thoroughly wash hands with warm, soapy water, rinse well and dry with clean towels before and after food preparation. Cover cuts or sores on your hands and/or use plastic gloves.
Avoid using wood cutting boards. Thoroughly wash cutting boards with warm soapy water, rinse with hot water, then disinfect with weak bleach solution (1 teaspoon chlorine bleach in 1 quart of water and rinse again.
Wash fresh fruits and vegetables with water - keep a special brush handy for this. Using a kitchen disinfectant cleaner or a mixture of bleach and water on surfaces can provide some added protection against bacteria. Wash out lunchboxes or totes every night. Wipe up spills immediately.
SPECIAL REFRIGERATOR CARE - Clean refrigerator surfaces with hot, soapy water. Periodically check temperatures in the refrigerator and freezer to be sure they are correct: Refrigerator 40 ?F (5?C) Freezer 0 ?F (-18 ?C).
RAW, FROZEN, THAWED - Take your groceries directly home after shopping, and promptly store all cold items. Store eggs in the original container in the main section (not in the door) of the refrigerator.
Thaw meat, poultry and seafood in the refrigerator or microwave oven. Do not leave on the counter at room temperature. Promptly cook thawed foods.
Strictly follow recommended cooking times. Thoroughly cook ground meat and poultry so that no redness remains and juices run clear. Avoid eating raw clams and oysters and undercooked meats and poultry. Avoid consuming raw or undercooked eggs. Cook eggs until both the white and yolk are firm and not runny.
LOOK AFTER LEFTOVERS - Thoroughly reheat to boiling previously prepared food. Promptly refrigerate leftover foods in sealed containers. Maintain proper temperatures for all food while serving, especially during the warmer months.

As a rule, "keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold" and do not allow either to be out longer than two hours.
Do not eat any food that has been unrefrigerated for more than two hours. Another golden rule: "When in doubt, throw it out."
If any food looks or smells unusual, do not eat it or give it to your pets. They can become sick also. Contamination may be present and may not yet be detectable by just looking at it or smelling it.

Saturday, December 8, 2012


AIESEC is the world's largest student-run organisation. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers volunteer abroad opportunities and international internships in over 113 countries and territories. 

Young people have the opportunity to become global citizens, to change the world, and to get experience and skills that matter today and tomorrow.

Present in over 113 countries and territories and with over 86,000 members, AIESEC is the world's largest student-run organisation.

Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to be global citizens, to change the world, and to get experience and skills that matter today.

How to Engage with AIESEC

For Students
International Exchange
- Global Community Development program
- Global internship program

Leadership Opportunities
-Team Leader Program
- Team Member Program

For Organizations and COmpanies

- AIESEC offers flexible and customized programmes to provide talent that fits with your company's culture and processes. As a global partner of AIESEC, you will enrich your work force with globally mind young professionals, looking to make a difference in your company.

Global Exchange Program
- Access International students and take them on as interns to support your organizational needs and initiatives.

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Responsible Pet Ownership by Island Rescue Organization (IRO) Cebu

One of the advocacies here in Cebu is the humane and responsible ownership of animals. Fortunately, there is an organization here in Cebu which is composed of volunteers dedicated to helping the plight of animals in the region through rescue, education and advocacy. The IRO (Island Rescue Organization) is a SEC registered non-profit organization where its goal is to promote responsible pet ownership and humane treatment of animals, rescue homeless companion animals, and establish the first rescue center and sanctuary in Cebu.

Their Mission Statement is:

To promote responsible ownership and humane treatment of all animals through cooperation, outreach and education.
To promote a symbiotic relationship between animals and humans, pursuant to the laws of the Philippines.
To advocate the development and enforcement of humane and effective animal welfare laws.
To rescue abused, abandoned, neglected and tortured animals.
To provide a healthy, loving, truly no-kill sanctuary for these animals.
To promote fostering of these animals while waiting for adoption.
To promote the adoption of these animals in loving, forever homes.

If you want to know more about the organization and contribute and even volunteer with their activities and their cause. Here are their contact details

Address: 15 Pearl Street, Silver Hills, Talamban,Cebu City, Cebu, 6000, Philippines.
Contact info
Phone IRO Hotline Number: 09325621672,
Donation Hotline: 09053543448/ 09322826312,
Adoption Hotline: 09158535672
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Rotavirus Information Fact and Prevention in the Philippines

Rotavirus is the leading cause of diarrhea in the Philippines and worldwide. Every minute, 1 child dies of diarrhea worldwide. In the Philippines, at least children under five years old die every day.

In recent months, Secretary Enriqyue Ona of the Department of Health has announced to the media the inclusion of Rotavirus Vaccination as part of the Expanded Program for immunization (EPI) in 2012. This is aligned to P-Noy Administration's direction and goal of Universal Health Care and moves the Philippines forward in achieving Millenium Development Goal 4 (Reduce Child Mortality in 2013)

The Philippines has become the very first Aisan Country to implement Rotavirus Vaccination in the EPI.

Some of the countries that have Rotavirus Vaccine in the EPI/UMV: USA, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Germany Mexico, Peru, South Africa, and GAVI eligible countries-Bolivia, Honduras.

Diarrhea a Very Serious and Deadly Disease

Diarrhea is the second leading killer of children aged less than 5 years old in the Philippines and Worldwide (1)(2)

- This means that each day 1,500 children die of diarrhea annually
- It's burden is greatest in the developing countries of Asia and Africa.
- In Developing Countries Rotaviral Diarrohoea and Vomiting Kills a Child Every Minute
- In the Philippines, more than 13 Filipino children die due to diarrhea every day. This accounts for at least 12% of deaths among children under five in the country.
- Rotavirus is the most common cause of vomiting and diarrhea in children worldwide and the Philippines
- About 13-79% of diarrhea cases in the Philippines is due to Rotavirus - Asian Surveillance Network data (ARSN Publication)

Diarrhea also leads to serious long term effects to a child's development?
Recurrent diarrhea may lead to long term effects of a child's development in terms of Height, Energy Levels and Cognitive abilities.

- Diarrhea affects nutrient absorption and leads to lasting impact on the growth and development of a child.
- Growth shortfalls of up t0 8.2 cm by age 7 years have been attributed to early childhood diarrhea long-lasting
- Profound effects on fitness, cognition, and schooling are also observed

*What are the direct and indirect costs associated with diarrhea?
- Hospitalization due to acute gastroenteritis/diarrhea bears very serious impact on the patient and parent's quality of life as well as their livelihood, working caregivers had an average of 1,00 income loss per day. Amongst working caregivers, almost all missed 1-3 days of work or more.

*Rotavirus vaccination in the Expanded Program for Immunization of the Department of Health is Aligned to P-Noy's direction Universal Health Care Program. specifically reduction of infant mortality rate.

What are the ways to prevent diarrhea?

-Diarrhea caused by rotavirus is not effectively prevented through improved sanitation or water supplies.

Improvements in water and sanitation do not significantly reduce rotavirus diarrhea burden, which is why in developed countries like Australia, USA, Spain and UK rotavirus still contributes around 50% of the diarrhea cases and rotavirus vaccination has been successful in reducing the burden by as much as 75.6% reduction hospitalization due to rotaviral diarrhea.

Rotavirus Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent diarrhea related childhood deaths under 5 years of age.

Diarrhea is the 2nd leading killer of children under 5

More than 13 Filipino Children die due to diarrhea everyday. This accounts at least 12% of deaths among children under five in the country.


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