The Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a force of dedicated volunteers who stand ready to support the community in the event of a public health emergency. Medical and non-medical backgrounds needed.
Does your style of preparing a food plate need a makeover? The USDA’s MyPlate says that half of your healthy plate should be composed of fruits & veggies. Find out if your usual plate fits under "unhealthy" or "healthy" by looking at these plate comparisons. If you fall under "unhealthy" a little too much, then try the "healthy" plate instead! A recipe, nutrition info, cost analysis and a shopping list for each healthy plate is provided.
Are you a food service provider? Own a restaurant? Operate a facility's cafeteria?
New health regulations require that the person in charge (PIC) of a food service establishment be able to demonstrate knowledge in food safety. To prepare food service establishment PICs for this responsibility, the Crater Health District will hold the two-day ServSafe Essentials Certification Course in May, June and October. Courses fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. Don’t delay, register today! Visit our Environmental Health section for more information about the course and registration.
The Crater Health District will receive approximately $436,000 annually for four years to reduce and prevent chronic disease and health disparities as part of a federal CDC grant awarded to the Virginia Department of Health.
“We are excited to be awarded this funding opportunity to enhance current community efforts that are focused on reducing health disparities by preventing and managing chronic diseases,” said Alton Hart, Jr., MD, MPH, Health Director of the Crater Health District.
The funds will be used to develop programs across the district in Dinwiddie, Greensville, Prince George, Sussex, and Surry counties and the cities of Emporia, Hopewell, and Petersburg. Working with locally-driven, diverse collaborative networks (referred to as Community Action Networks, or CANs), the District will implement targeted activities that directly serve its communities. The focus will be on policy, system and environmental changes that address the prevention and control of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke and that reduce health disparities in these areas among our citizens in the District.
“Working in partnership with public, private and nonprofit health and human service providers, local governments, schools, faith based community and others , we can make the Crater Health District a healthier place to live, learn, work and play. Together we create opportunities to help Virginians live longer, healthier lives. Our goal at VDH is to make Virginia the healthiest state in the nation” said Dr. Hart. Click here for the full news release.