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Tomorrow is Global Handwashing Day

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 by Maggie LaBarbera

Global Handwashing Day was originally created for children and schools, but can be celebrated by anyone promoting handwashing with soap. Each year, over 200 million people are involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world. Global Handwashing is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies, and individuals.

Foster and support a global culture of handwashing with soap.

• Shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing in every country.

• Raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap.

Visit Global Handwashing Day for tools to promote handwashing- posters, flyers, game, tip sheet and more! (Also available in Spanish)

Visit Mighty Bubble makes healthy hand washing fun with hand washing songs, game, hand washing fact sheet and tips to encourage children to wash their hands. And they have brand new downloads and a comic book about handwashing!

Fun handwashing video from the Wiggles

Remember good handwashing is the number one method to help reduce the chances of catching germs.

Here's some quick reminders:

  • Model hand washing for your children!. If they see you washing your hands it will be a good reminder to them.
  • Wash hands together and make it fun!
  • Teach them to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” while washing hands (20 seconds).
  • Have your child pick out a special hand washing soap.
  • Help your child reach the sink by placing a stool in front of it for them to stand on when you are with them.
  • Teach them to wash their hands.
Children should wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before and after handling food, after playing with pets, and after playing with toys inside or outside.




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