The Health Benefits of Hand Washing

Did You Know…? The Center for Disease Control says handwashing is the single most effective way to prevent the transmission of disease.

I don’t know about you, but I hate getting sick. My mom e-mailed me a link yesterday saying “Please share this important and timely information with all of the family. It could help prevent a lot of pain & aggravation that accompanies being ill.” It’s actually a good, informative article: “Want to stay healthy? Try washing your hands.”

The article says to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice to make sure you’ve washed long enough. I’ve always told the kids to sing the “ABC” song while they wash their hands. Either one would work.

The article also mentions Henry the Hand, an Ohio doctor’s cartoon companion that helps teach kids the benefits of hand hygiene. You can find more healthy tips and videos at the official website:

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