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What to do Power Is Restored . . .

You’ll need to determine the safety of your food. Here’s how:

• If an appliance thermometer was kept in the freezer, check the temperature when the power comes back on. If the freezer thermometer reads 40 °F or below, the food is safe and may be refrozen.

• If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, check each package of food to determine its safety. You can’t rely on appearance or odor. If the food still contains ice crystals or is 40 °F or below, it is safe to refreeze or cook.

• Refrigerated food should be safe as long as the power was out for no more than 4 hours and the refrigerator door was kept shut. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs or leftovers) that has been above 40 °F for two hours or more.

Keep in mind that perishable food such as meat, poultry, seafood, milk, and eggs that are not kept adequately refrigerated or frozen may cause illness if consumed, even when they are thoroughly cooked.

Important Information about Zika Virus Disease
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5 Things You Really Need to Know About Zika.
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Zika Press Release 3/4/2016 
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Proposed Food Code Changes for 2014
See the proposed changes to the food code for 2014. Proposed Changes
Restaurant Water Conservation
The Health District has created several promotional items for restaurants to display on tabletops, entrances, bathrooms and other areas of the property which encourage patrons and employees to conserve water during the devastating drought affecting the City of Wichita Falls.
Restaurant Conservation Flyer
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Restaurant Water Saving Ideas Flyer
Reportable and Notifiable Disease and Conditions
It is vital that the Health Department is notified of suspected or diagnosed case of a disease classified as a “Reportable Communicable Disease” or “Notifiable Condition.” Complete reporting information reporint tool are available through the Communicable Disease and Disease Reporting section of this website.
Wichita Falls Wichita County Smoking Ordinance can be found on the following link. Smoking Ordinance
Wellness Resources for Wichita County
Looking for ways to stay fit? Want to quit tobacco? Need to get active? Seeking ways to keep the kids occupied? Check out the Wellness Resources for Wichita County. This site will provide you and your family with fun and healthy activities available locally. Being active is important for your overall well-being. When you combine that with a healthy diet, and avoiding tobacco in all its forms, you can reduce your risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

Wichita Falls Trail System app
Wichita Falls Trail System is a wonderful way to enjoy the benefits of healthy exercise and enjoy looking at the beautiful scenery in our parks and along our stream corridors. It currently consists of over 18 miles of concrete trail, but once completed, the resulting city-wide Circle Trail will be approximately 24 miles. Here you can check out the trail, browse the beautiful photos, find parking, restrooms and plenty of things to do along the trail under Points of Interest.

Looking for healthy restaurant options?
Check out Por Vida!
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Participating Restaurants
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Golden Chick
Gutierrez Restaurant
Gypsy Kit
Luby's Cafeteria
Market Street McDonald's
United Supermarket

¡Por Vida!
is a restaurant recognition program that helps adults and children make healthier food choices by identifying those menu items that meet nutritional guidelines. Restaurants can play an active role in the health of the community. When you choose ¡Por Vida!, you make a better choice “For Life”!

Where can I find the approved ¡Por Vida! Options?

The restaurant may have a second menu, menu insert or have it display. Just ask the staff for their approved ¡Por Vida! menu. If they do not have one, invite them to visit to find out how to become a participating restaurant. The approved ¡Por Vida! options are also here.