December: National Handwashing Awareness Week
December 4-10 is National Handwashing Awareness Week.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is wash your hands. Throughout the day, you accumulate germs on your hands from touching different objects or people. You can then infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Always remember to wash your hands:
- Before and after eating
- When preparing food
- After using the restroom
- When you are in contact with someone who is ill
- After touching pets or other animals
- After sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose
Steps to wash your hands properly:
1. Wet your hands with clean running water
2. Apply soap and rub hands together to make a lather
3. Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds
4. Rinse hands thoroughly, then dry with a clean towel or hand dryer
If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and rub hands together until dry.
For more information, call one of our health coaches at 1-877-878-8785, option 2.