CHH Nutrition Department Offers Tips for Summer Picnic Safety

CHH Nutrition Department Offers Tips For Summer Picnic Safety

Getting outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather is one of the perks of this time of year. If picnics are part of your plans, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Nutritionists urge you to take caution with time and temperature to make sure nothing spoils your fun. Eating outdoors can be a great way to get some fresh air during your lunch break. Unfortunately, many of us tend to forget some of the basics of food safety when it comes to eating outdoors.

CHH Nutritionist Carla H. Angevine, MS, RD, CDN, suggests people follow these simple rules provided by Compass-USA’s newsletter “Eat Right Live Well” to make sure that food borne illnesses don’t spoil your outdoor eating:

Wash your hands:

This effective step isn’t always so easy when you are outside. Consider washing your hands right before you head out or bring some hand wipes with you.
Maintain food temperature

Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. The bacteria that can make us sick enjoy the warm weather as much as we do. To keep your food safe from unwanted bacteria, keep food below 40°F or above 140°F. Consider ice packs or hot food containers if you don’t plan to eat your food right away. If you can’t do this, remember that anything left out for more than two hours, or one hour if it is really hot out, should be thrown away.
Handle leftovers carefully:

If you bring your lunch outside and have some leftover, put it in the refrigerator as soon as you get back. If you can’t get it into a refrigerator or cooler with ice, toss it. As good as it might have been, the risk is not worth keeping it around.

More food safety tips can be found at Nutritionists at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital are Registered Dietitians, licensed by the State of Connecticut, and registered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They are trained to provide a comprehensive nutrition assessment, which includes planning and implementing nutrition interventions using evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines, and monitoring and evaluating the individual’s progress.

Dietitians at CHH offer nutrition counseling, for a variety of health conditions including Diabetes, Gastrointestinal problems, Hypoglycemia, Vegetarian nutrition, and weight gain and reduction. To schedule an appointment with a dietitian a physician referral is required. The service is covered by many insurance companies.

For more information please contact Carla H. Angevine MS, RD, CDN, at (860) 496-6676.
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit for information.


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