The Galveston County Health District is observing National Public Health Week this week with several activities.

During a ceremony Wednesday at the Wayne Johnson Community Center at Carbide Park, 4102 Main St., in La Marque, the District will recognize public health partners and exemplary food service operators.

The program will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. with the district’s recognition of outstanding public health partners that have gone above and beyond in their support of the district’s public health activities throughout the year.

Some of those activities that this year’s partners have supported include animal services, immunizations, public health preparedness and more.

Immediately following recognition of community partners, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry will join district Chief Executive Officer and Galveston County Health Authority Dr. Mark Guidry to congratulate 75 Gold Ribbon Award recipients.

The award recognizes food service establishments that show exemplary compliance with the Texas Food Establishment Rules as enforced by the Galveston County Health District.

Recognized establishments demonstrate consistent and cooperative efforts to protect the health and safety of the public they serve.

“Consumers expect safe food and our inspectors assist businesses and other food operators in providing that,” Guidry said.

“Inspectors often note deficiencies, but the great news of Gold Ribbon Awards is recognizing excellence.”

Health District sanitarians regularly inspect more than 1,500 licensed food service operations in Galveston County to assure food safety and protect the health of consumers. Inspection reports for local food service establishments can be found at and in the Wednesday Lifestyle section of The Galveston County Daily News.

On Saturday, the public will have an opportunity to visit with district staff from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of The Home Depot, 3200 Gulf Freeway S., in League City.

The district’s new mobile medical clinic will be available for tours along with animals available for adoption from the Animal Resource Center, and information on many of the district’s other public health programs such as immunizations, Environmental Services, Consumer Health services and more.

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