National Handwashing Awareness Week – December 2-8

National Handwashing Awareness WeekSpread the word, not the germs!

This is the theme for National Handwashing Awareness Week.  They are looking for handwashing champions to join Henry the Hand in promoting handwashing to prevent the spread of germs.

Think of yourself as a human petri-dish that grows all kind of icky bacteria and is the warm and cozy home for all kinds of viruses.  Washing your hands regularly can prevent many flus, flu-like illnesses, common colds, conjunctivitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, Coxsackie viruses, Streptococcus, Pneumoccous, TB and more from growing, spreading or from entering your body.

Beverly’s Hot Tips For Celebrating Handwashing Awareness Week from Henry the Hand:

  1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating
  2. “Good” hand washing techniques include using an adequate amount of soap, rubbing the hands together to create friction and lift the germs from the skin, and rinsing under running water.  Hands should be washed for a minimum of 15 seconds.
  3. Wash your hands after using the washroom (includes changing diapers), after blowing your nose, after touching raw meat, poultry, or fish, after handling garbage,visiting or caring for sick people, and after handling pets, animals or animal waste
  4. DO NOT cough into your hands
  5. DO NOT sneeze into your hands
  6. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth.  These are the only portal of entry into the human body for respiratory infections and washing can reduce your risk significantly


And to add some humour to the day…

What do you call a germ who wants to have a good time?




A fungi (fun guy)!


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Additional Resources:

Flu Prevention Month Article

National Hand Holding Day

Finding Your Optimal Health Article

Stress Smart Shift Work Article

WinterActive Article

Quiet DayArticle

Water: A Necessity Article


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Written by Beverly Beuermann-King

Building Resiliency Through Stress and Wellness Strategies. Stress and resiliency strategist, Beverly Beuermann-King, CSP, translates current research and best practices information into a realistic, accessible and more practical approach through her dynamic stress and wellness workshops, on-line stress and resiliency articles, books, e-briefs and media interviews.

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