52 Weeks to Health: Week 50, Wash Your Hands

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Wash Your Hands

Did you know that handwashing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness?  Clean hands can stop the spread of germs from person to person and throughout an entire community.

Stop the spread of germs by washing your hands before, during, and after preparing food, before eating food; before and after caring for someone who is sick; before and after treating a cut or wound; after using the toilet; after changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; after touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste; and after touching garbage.

There are five steps to wash your hands the right way:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you are unsure how long that is try humming the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Handwashing with soap and water is the best method to reduce the number of germs.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean those hands and stop the spread of germs! You can learn more about handwashing at https://www.cdc.gov/features/handwashing

Also, it is important to point out that Kentucky is one of the unhealthiest states in our nation; but, a few healthy lifestyle choices could change this. First, eating normally proportioned helpings of nutritious foods including at least five fruits and vegetables a day can lower weight and reduce heart disease and diabetes. Second, exercising about 30 minutes per day can lower blood pressure. Third, avoiding the use of tobacco products can reduce several types of cancer. Finally, making sure you get your needed preventive screenings can detect diseases early and greatly increase your chances for a positive health outcomes, while receiving your recommended vaccinations can prevent acquiring disease in the first place.

Don’t forget to visit our website at www.LCDHD.org and fill out your wellness profile for a chance to win $1,000.00.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/features/handwashing/index.html