The National Restaurant Association is spending the next month encouraging restaurant and foodservice companies to participate in its 17th annual National Food Safety Education Month in September.

This year’s theme is “Lessons Learned from the Health Inspection,” according to an NRA news release.

Free weekly training activities, food safety tips and free posters are available at They are based on NRA’s ServSafe training and certification program. ServSafe has awarded more than 4.6 million certifications.

The curriculum for the month is divided into five weekly sessions, stressing different food safety basics and how they apply to the health inspection process, according to the release. The sessions include how to work with a health inspector, cleaning and sanitizing and proper food storage. The weekly activities can be completed in less than 10 minutes.

The NRA is providing a toolkit for restaurants to spread the month’s message, including the initiative’s logo, a news release, sample tweets and e-mail templates, available on the website.