We chose to put our “This is Public Health” sticker on a surprisingly large and extensive Nutritional Facts board in a Dairy Queen on Fletcher Ave., here in Temple Terrace (Tampa). Originally, we planned to place the sticker in the bathroom, near the “Please wash your hands sign”, above the sink; however, it was hard to pass up the framed Nutritional Facts poster. Granted, you can’t miss it in this place! We thought it was rare that a less healthy fast food restaurant such as Dairy Queen, would proudly display the nutritional value of their food on the wall. Specifically, at eye-level to the direct left of where a customer would stand to place their order.
Nutrition is an important factor in public heath, especially when the rate of obesity in the United States is at an all-time high and continues to rise. Obesity can lead to major health problems, such as high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, which can eventually lead to other chronic and fatal conditions. This should raise eyebrows, and be considered a major cause for concern, as heart disease and stroke are listed among the top three causes of death in this country.
At Dairy Queen in Temple Terrace, the owners have taken a step in the right direction. By informing consumers of the total fat, sugar, and food calories they are taking into their bodies, this ice cream parlor in Florida wins our vote for ‘assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy’ through education. On a side note, you might notice the hand sanitizer dispenser adjacent to the Nutritional Facts in the pic. This is also very highly regarded in public health, so we thought we’d point it out in case you missed it. Your hands are two of the dirtiest places on your body at any given time, and your fingers are the "top ten carriers” of colds and flu. It is especially important for restaurant employees to keep their clean hands at work, since they are constantly handling YOUR food! Thanks Dairy Queen J THIS is Public Health.Sincerely Yours,
Brittney, Taylor, Ashanti, and Samantha <3