Global Hand Washing Day 2010

Hand washing


It seems like in America we can pick almost any day of the year and find some celebration going on. Starting a day to encourage certain behaviors is an abundant practice as well. But Oct. 15 falls at the perfect time of year to celebrate Global Hand Washing Day.

Educate yourself and your children on Global Hand Washing Day

Oct. 15, 2010 is the third annual Global Hand Washing Day. It falls just in time on the calendar to educate yourself, and most importantly your children, about germs before those winter colds make their annual visit.
Did you know that the single largest factor that helped reduce the number of infection/disease-related deaths in the 19th century was sanitation, particularly hand washing? It is the single most effective way to prevent infections and illnesses. Germs lurk around every corner and spread to every surface. One germ is all it takes to get you and those around you ill.

Five facts everyone should know

  • Using water alone is not enough
  • Washing your heads prevents diseases that kill millions of children a year
  • It is critical that you wash your hands after using the bathroom and before touching food
  • Washing hands is the single most cost-effective way to prevent health problems
  • Children are the agents of change. It can start with them.

When you should always wash your hands

  • Before and after preparing food
  • Before and after eating food
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a toddler who has used the toilet
  • Before and after tending to an individual who is sick
  • After blowing/cleaning your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After handling animals or animal waste
  • After handling garbage
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound

Get Involved

This day has become a huge success across the U.S. Take the time to find some fun activities to do with your kids, students and others in your community. Don’t take out payday advance loans to buy sanitation products; you can save enormous amounts of money by simply washing your hands. There are even free hand-washing posters that can be found at Last, but certainly not least, set the example for those around you. Be the leader — not the germ spreader.


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