Global Handwashing Day Today – Win a Glitterbug Kit!

October 15, 2009

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UPDATE: Congratulations to @dese2, winner of our Global Handwashing Day Twitter contest! She'll receive a Glitterbug handwashing kit for her school. 

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Today is Global Handwashing Day! So, Healthy Schools Campaign wants to remind everyone that good habits can protect us all from getting germs — and spreading germs — at home, school, or work. Simple actions such as covering your mouth and nose and cleaning your hands often, can stop the spread of germs, prevent illnesses and cut back on absenteeism.


Three Steps to Stop the Spread of Germs

Make sure you:

  1. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough
  2. Clean your hands often
  3. Remind your children to practice healthy habits, too


1. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing

Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.


2. The “Happy Birthday” song helps keep your hands clean?

Not exactly. Yet we recommend that when you wash your hands — with soap and warm water — that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. That's about the same time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice!


3. Alcohol-Based Hand Wipes and Gel Sanitizers Work Too

When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. Non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers may also be useful. You can find these in most supermarkets and drugstores. 


Resources

You can download and print these posters from the CDC to help educate people in your schools about the importance of hand hygiene.

Poster of BoyEnglishSpanish
Poster of GirlEnglishSpanish
Cover your CoughEnglishSpanish

Win a Glitterbug Handwashing Kit for Your School!

In honor of Global Handwashing Day, HSC is hosting a drawing to give away a Giltterbug Handwashing Kit for you to provide to your school. This kit includes everything one needs to present an effective and memorable hand hygiene training event. The kit includes: GlowBar lamp with 4 D-Cell batteries, AC adapter for plug-in convenience, Handwash DVD (HCU.DVD), GlitterBug Potion (240ml), GlitterBug Powder (68gm), GlitterBug Instruction Manual, How to Wash poster (P132), two pages of “I Was Rude” stickers (ST6), two Hand Brushes and one GlitterBug Champion Medallion. Estimated Retail Value: $185.

All you have to do to enter the drawing is to tweet on Twitter about handwashing on October 14 or 15, 2009 with @healthyschools in the tweet. For example:

@Healthyschools – Global Handwashing Day Today! RT to win free Glitterbug kit for your school! http://tiny.cc/X19IZ

Good luck — and happy handwashing!