Welcome to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health
We envision a community where every person enjoys a healthy lifestyle in a healthy environment. We are making that vision a reality by offering comprehensive health services to enhance your work, your family, your neighborhood and your life. Take a look at our programs and services. And remember that we are here for you with information, advice and the ability to help you enjoy better living – healthy living in Atlantic County.
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Take steps to prevent foodborne illness this holiday season. Thaw your turkey in the refrigerator or in a sink of cold water - about 24 hours for every 4 to 5lbs. in the refrigerator or 30 minutes per lb. in cold water. Cook the stuffing before filling and right before placing the bird in the oven. Set the oven temperature to at least 325°. Insert a food thermometer into the thickest portions of the breast, thigh, and wing joint. Make sure it reaches 165°F. Let the turkey stand 20 minutes before carving. Refrigerate leftovers at 40°F or below within two hours of cooking. Wash your hands frequently and wash utensils, cutting boards and counters thoroughly.
In September 2017, New Jersey's reference level for high childhood lead exposure dropped from 10 ug/dL to 5 ug/dL. This means that more children will likely be identified as having an elevated blood lead level—allowing parents, doctors, public health officials, and communities to take action earlier to reduce the child's future lead exposure. Children can be exposed to lead through lead-based paint, toys, certain parental occupations or hobbies, soil, dust, drinking water, air and food. Children put their hands in their mouths more often than adults. It's especially important for them to wash their hands before eating and after playing outside. If a child has lead in his or her blood, it can affect IQ, ability to pay attention, hearing and speech, behavior, growth and development, and academic achievement. All children should be screened at age 1 and 2, or by age 6 if they were never previously tested. Speak with your child's pediatrician to get a lead screening. If your child is uninsured or underinsured, call 609-645-7700 ext. 4500 to check for eligibility and make an appointment for a grant-funded lead screening. For more information visit: http://www.state.nj.us/health/childhoodlead/ or https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/