This year's flu season is underway. We receive weekly reports of how many children are out sick from school or daycare with flu-like illness as well as reports of confirmed cases of flu. If you haven't received a flu vaccination yet, there is plenty of vaccine available this year and still plenty of time. Visit your doctor's office, a participating pharmacy or call our office at 724-1220.
Breastfeeding Friendly Businesses
Congratulations to the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District for for being named the 2013 Muskegon County Breastfeeding Friendly Business of the Year. This year's nominees included the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, The Lakes Mall, The Healing Light, Ryke’s Bakery, O’Brien Family Chiropractic, and the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.
To be considered breastfeeding friendly, the business must make it easy for women returning to work to continue nursing their infants. Each of these businesses has made significant efforts to promote breastfeeding in our community by making it easy for customers and employees to breastfeed.
Although nomination for the award are only accepted during August, businesses can be submitted for inclusion in our list of breastfeeding-friendly businesses year-round. To submit a business, use our application form.
Smoking Ban Guidance Update
On August 29, 2013 the Michigan Department of Agriculture issued updated guidance regarding smoking on patio and rooftop dining areas in bars and restaurants. If a food service establishment chooses to, they may allow patrons to take their own food or drink and smoke on a rooftop or patio during periods when there is no employee preparation or service of food or drink in that area.
Since smoking is still prohibited indoors and on open air patios or rooftops during periods where food is prepared, served or provided to consumers, the level of employee protection remains the same. To learn more, visit the Dr. Ron Davis Smoke Free Air Law web page or see the Frequently Asked Questions.
Report a Smoke Free Air Violation
If you witness a smoke free air violation (patron smoking and business doing nothing to stop it), please report it to our office so we can investigate. Click here for a complaint form.
Take the Stairs
Numerous agencies and organizations are working together in West Michigan to promote taking the stairs. Choosing the stairs is a simple way to add physical activity to your day and it saves on energy costs to run expensive elevators. Plus, it saves space in elevators for those who truly need them.
FREE color signs are available for use in West Michigan buildings with elevators. The durable signs can be mounted on walls near elevator call buttons, in waiting areas, by stair doors or other visually prominent locations. In Muskegon County, the signs can be picked up at United Way of the Lakeshore or the Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce while supplies last. For more information visit http://ow.ly/mOa1U or email us.
Restaurant Inspection Results
You can check on how your favorite restaurants are doing with their inspections by visiting our inspection results page. Every licensed restaurant is inspected at least twice a year. Those with ongoing issues are listed in our enforcement actions report which is updated monthly. For grocery store and other retailer inspection results, visit https://secure1.state.mi.us/misafe/Default.aspx.
Local Public Health Accreditation
Public Health - Muskegon County was awarded accredited status! The accreditation process assures and enhances the quality of local public health in Michigan by identifying and promoting the implementation of public health standards for local public health departments, and evaluating and accrediting local health departments on their ability to meet these standards.
Take a look at our results report, letter of congratulations, certificates of achievement, presentation notes delivered to the Board of Commissioners by Mark Miller, Director of Local Public Health Services for the MIchigan Department of Community Health. Learn more about local public health accreditation at www.accreditation.localhealth.net.
Food and Product Recalls
For information on food recalls, please visit foodsafety.gov. For product recalls, visit cpsc.gov.
Customer Satisfaction Survey
Help us improve our service. If you've been to the public health department lately, please let us know about your experience by filling out our customer satisfaction survey.