July 31, 2020

Staycations and Handwashing – all part of COVID-19

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Tips for a Great Staycation!

Taking time off is encouraged to help improve your mental health. While many of us are grounded this summer because of the ongoing pandemic, a staycation can be just as enjoyable as a vacation abroad. The Active Times shares the following easy tips to ensure a fun and relaxing staycation in the comfort of your own home.

1.Slap on some Bermuda shorts and a beachy top. Just because you are not actually in Bermuda doesn’t mean you can’t dress the part. Dressing like you are on vacation can help you feel like you are on one.

2. Make brunch with the family. Whether you order a few pastries from the local bakery or make your own at home, the laidback time spent with family is what’s important.

3. Have game nights. While the classic board games are always fun, you can also connect with family and
friends by playing video games virtually through video chat.

4. Reserve a night or two for movies. With so many streaming services available, there’s bound to be a movie or television series that you’ve been wanting to (binge) watch.

5. Go camping. Whether the campground is in your backyard or your living room, go ahead and pitch a tent and grab a sleeping bag.

6. Set up a waterpark in your backyard or on your deck. A sprinkler, an inflatable pool, and a water table create a great escape for kids. Get them to throw on their bathing suit and watch out for water balloons!

7. Take a (virtual) culinary course. Imagine you are in Morocco and learn how to cook Moroccan chicken tagine. A Dutch oven can be a good cooking vessel if you do not have a tagine.

Keep ‘em Clean!

How to Wash Your Hands Properly

Handwashing is especially important during the Coronavirus pandemic. Proper handwashing is key to protecting yourself and your family from getting sick and helps to prevent the spread of germs to other people. Always wash your hands thoroughly after you’ve been in a public space or touched something on a public surface, such as door handles, shopping carts, gas pumps, and electronic cashier registers/screens.

There are other obvious times to wash your hands.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following times:

  • Before, during and after food preparation
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after taking care of someone sick
  • After you use the toilet, performed a diaper change, or after helping a child to use the toilet
  • After you cough, sneeze or blow your nose
  • After you handle something wasteful, such as touching garbage or compost
  • After you touch an animal, its food or waste

Running your hands through water even with soap for a few seconds isn’t the correct way to wash your hands.
Instead, follow these steps to do it properly:

  • Wet your hands with clean, cold or hot running water. 
  • Apply soap, then lather the fronts and backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your finger nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds – about the length of time to sing the “Happy Birthday” song.
  • Rinse your hands well and dry with a clean towel or air dry them. 
  • If you are in a public space, turn off the faucet with the used towel.

Hand sanitizers have been frequently used at this time. Keep in mind they are not a substitute for proper hand washing because they do not get rid of all germs and/or harmful chemicals. You should only use hand sanitizers (with at least 60% alcohol), if you don’t have soap or running water available. Remember to keep rubbing the product all over your hands and fingers until they are completely dry (about 20 seconds).

A Summer Delight

A Recipe for Red Snapper with Chunky
Tomato-Watermelon Salsa

With summer in full swing, wouldn’t it be great to have a light yet vibrant entrée that can be served on any given night? Courtesy of Cooking Light, this recipe for red snapper with chunky tomato-watermelon salsa is the perfect choice.
• Active Time: 25 mins
• Total Time: 25 mins
• Serves 4 (1 snapper fillet and about 3/4 cup salsa)

• 1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes (about 8 1/2 oz.)
• 1 1/2 cups diced seedless watermelon (about 8 1/2 oz.)
• 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
• 1 red Fresno chile, finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
• 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
• 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
• 4 (6-oz.) skin-on red snapper fillets
• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

How to Make It
1. Stir together tomatoes, watermelon, red onion, chile, cilantro, mint, lime juice, 1 tablespoon canola oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
2. Pat fish dry with paper towels. Cut 3 shallow slits into the skin side of each fillet. Sprinkle fillets with pepper and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large stainless-steel or cast-iron skillet over high. Add fillets, skin side down, and cook until skin is browned and crisp, about 5 minutes. Turn fillets; cook until lightly browned and done, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve fish immediately, skin side up, topped with salsa.

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