National Handwashing Awareness Week (12/3-12/9/17)

December Blog:

National Handwashing Awareness Week (December 3 – 9th, 2017)

By Bailey F., MDI Intern 2017-18

WOW! It is December already and we are in the holiday season of 2017 folks! This is the most joyous, giving, and thankful month of them all. It is also the time of year where we have work parties, neighborhood get-togethers, and family dinners galore. These times are filled with many delicious homemade meals and whether you are making a dish or eating one, it is important to remember food safety, specifically handwashing. December 3 – 9th is National Handwashing Awareness Week.

Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine and can help prevent many germs from spreading. Here is a link to watch a quick demonstration of how to wash your hands properly.

So, when you are about to start cooking your famous pies, cookies, or cakes, remember these 5 simple steps:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), 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. Need a timer? Hum 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.Here is a link to a fun coloring activity for the kids to remind them the importance of food safety and handwashing.


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