Beat Those Pesky Germs
By Leanne Bishop, Health Fitness Specialist
Did you know that keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid sickness as well as spreading germs to others? You are exposed to millions of germs each day, whether it’s at home, at work or even the grocery store. It is our responsibility to wash our hands as often as possible to avoid obtaining an illness and spreading it to others. Such illnesses include the common cold and the oh-so-familiar flu. Not only is hand washing important, but washing your hands the correct way is vital to getting rid of those pesky germs. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the following is the correct routine for washing your hands.
• Wet hands with clean, running water and apply soap.
• Lather all areas of your hands (i.e. palms, backs of hands, between fingers, and under nails).
• Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds (i.e. hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice).
• Rinse hands well under water.
• Dry hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
This month, our content writers are focusing on tips to prevent germs and to stop the spread of illnesses. Also, check out this month’s featured exercise as well as learning the difference between organic and non-organic foods.