Attention to cleanliness and temperature control is important when packing lunches to send to school. University of Georgia experts offer tips on how to keep lunches safe. “It is not hard to keep packed lunches safe,” said Connie Crawley, a Cooperative Extension nutrition and health specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “But it takes some thought and preparation.” In a packed lunch, food safety depends on what you pack and how you pack it. Choose food carefully Choosing the right food is a big step and many lunch time favorites are safe at room temperature. Peanut-butter-and-jelly, for instance, doesn’t need to stay cold. Cut vegetables and fresh fruit aren’t perishable in the short-term, either. And they provide the nutrition kids need in a way they like. Choose new lunch foods carefully.“Practice lunch at home, especially if you start packing cans of shelf-stable pudding or cut-up fruit,” Crawley said. “Then you’ll know if your child can safely and easily open the container.” A good rule of thumb is pack foods the way you bought them. “If it was refrigerated, keep it cold,” Crawley said. “Shelf-stable items may taste better cold, but won’t spoil at room temperature.” Hot and coldChoose a well-insulated bag or box when packing a school lunch. The most important thing in food safety is keeping cold foods cold and hot foods hot, said Elizabeth Andress, a UGA Extension food safety specialist. Foods should be kept below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or above 140 degrees. Bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses grow best between those two temperatures, or in the danger zone. Temperatures that make classrooms comfortable for children, Crawley said, are perfect for growing Staphylococci, Salmonella, Campylobacter and other harmful pathogens. If a perishable food stays at room temperature for two hours, it’s risky to eat.Since most packed school lunches are cold, add a frozen chill pack to the lunch box. Adding a frozen juice box can keep foods cold too, just be sure the juice will thaw in time for lunch. “It is a good idea to try this before school starts, to be sure food stays cold enough and the drink thaws,” Andress said.A vacuum bottle or insulated hot-food container can be used to keep hot foods hot. Make sure the child can easily open the container full of hot fluid without spilling before sending it to school, Crawley said. “Remember to preheat the vacuum bottle before adding the food,” Andress said. “Unless the manufacturer provides its own instructions, preheat the bottle by adding boiling water and letting it sit for a few minutes. Then, pour the water out, add the food and close the bottle. This should be done as close as possible to the time the child is ready to leave for school.”Keep hot and cold foods separate. Hot foods increase the temperature of cold foods and cold foods bring down the temperature of hot foods. These temperature changes increase the risk of bacterial contamination. Put a cloth between hot and cold foods inside the lunch box to prevent heat transfer. Don’t leave foods on the counter too long when packing lunch. “Keep the cold food in the refrigerator and pack them only when the child is ready to leave for school.” Keep it cleanA child’s hands can introduce harmful bacteria into their lunch. Make sure children wash hands with soap and warm water before eating, Andress said. When on field trips, hand sanitizer can be used. Hand sanitizers are most effective on clean hands, however.“Sanitizer should never be used in lieu of hand washing except when there is no other option; then a hand sanitizer is better than nothing,” Andress said.
You have to admire the effort the Cincinnati Bearcats men’s basketball team puts into every game. Coach Cronin and his staff have taken a program with a storied history in basketball and raised it to another level. In the recent past some of their coaches had a lot of wins but few of their players graduated, and (in some cases) you wondered if they were just on campus to play basketball. Today the team is not only a conference champ but most of the seniors will graduate–some even in 4 years.The only block in Coach Cronin’s career at UC was the fiasco with Xavier a few years back. He turned that incident into a great learning experience, and since that day his program has really risen. They are definitely in the NCAA Tournament, and if they can win their conference tourney they should get a very high seed in this years’ Big Dance.I doubt if Coach Cronin will leave his hometown, but after watching some of Purdue and IU’s recent games both schools could use a Coach Cronin.
The Lakers did that well enough for three players to post double-doubles in the same game for the first time since Dec. 26, 2014. That included with Randle (18 points, 11 rebounds), Larry Nance Jr. (12 points, 14 rebounds) and Thomas Robinson (12 points, 10 rebounds).Afterward, Walton said he plans to feature Nance at starting center for the third consecutive game on Wednesday in San Antonio while rookie center Ivica Zubac nurses a season-ending injury to his right ankle.“We have to play and trust each other,” Nance said. “If we get a good shot, that’s all you can ask for. Not every shot is going to go in but it’s about getting stops and getting good quality shots.”Despite having enough quality shots to score 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting, Lakers rookie forward Brandon Ingram played 23 minutes and sat in the fourth quarter. Walton cited Ingram’s minutes restriction in the past two games after missing the previous three with tendinitis in his right knee.“I wanted to be in there,” Ingram said. “After a while, you think about being unselfish, cheering for your teammates, just trying to get a win and feeding off of their energy.”Despite the NBA lottery implications, that energy gave the Lakers temporary elation for one specific reasons. As Walton said, “our guys are tired of losing.” LOS ANGELES>> The results will not change the outcome of another missed playoff appearance. How the Lakers play, though, could influence the front-office sentiment surrounding their growth and potential.In the Lakers’ 108-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday at Staples Center, a handful of their young players showed they have what it takes to close out a game. Though the Lakers (22-55) showed mixed progress, they provided enough to secure their second win in the past 12 games. And though the win puts the Lakers in a tie with the Phoenix Suns (22-55) for the NBA’s second-worst record, the crowd at Staples Center cheered more for a win than extra pingpong balls in next month’s draft lottery.“When you can finish a game out, you get more confidence in yourself and the group,” Walton said. “Hopefully you close another one out and another. Then the end of the games aren’t that big of a deal. You know how to win those.”For the Lakers’ sake, it is actually better if they do not win any more close games. The Lakers’ have a 51.6 percent chance of retaining their top-three pick otherwise owed to Philadelphia as part of the Steve Nash trade. Yet, the Lakers’ front-office officials are watching these games for further clarity on each players’ development and attitude. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s not a final say. It’s not like the rest of the career, he’s going to perform this way,” Walton said. “But it definitely matters.”The Lakers played as if it mattered against the Grizzlies (42-35), which fielded key absences to center Marc Gasol (left foot strain) and forward Vince Carter (rest).Though Grizzlies guard Mike Conley had 20 points, he shot 6-of-17 from the field and air-balled a 3-pointer as the Lakers held a 106-103 lead with 6.3 seconds left. Lakers forward Julius Randle converted on a pair of foul shots. And Conley missed another 3-pointer just before time expired.A day after missing eight of his nine shots, Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell posted a team-leading 28 points while shooting 9-of-17 from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point range and five assists to offset his five turnovers.“You got to work hard to get that,” Russell said. “It’s not easy to win. Got to work two times harder to get that.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error