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Empowering Personal Health through Proper Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene is a simple yet powerful practice that can protect us and our loved ones from harmful germs. Did you know there’s a right way to do it that takes just about as long as singing “Happy Birthday” when using soap and water? Let's explore the art of hand hygiene and understand why it's crucial for our health.

Be Hands-on About Being Healthy

Taking charge of our well-being starts with the basics, and hand hygiene is a fundamental step that can make a big difference. So, let's roll up our sleeves and follow these guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Using Soap and Water

  1. Use clean running water and soap. When possible, use warm water.
  2. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds while you hum your favorite tune or stick to the classic "Happy Birthday." This ensures a thorough cleanse.
  3. Remember to scrub between your fingers, the backs of your hands, your wrists, and under your fingernails.
  4. Once your hands are sparkling clean, choose a paper towel or an air dryer to thoroughly dry them.
  5. Keep your hands clean by turning off the faucet with a paper towel if one is available.

Using Alcohol-based Hand Rub/Sanitizer

Sometimes we find ourselves without access to soap and water. Be sure to rub the gel/foam sanitizer all over your hands and keep rubbing them until they are dry.

Become Your Own Health Advocate

Let's embrace the role of advocates for our health by prioritizing proper hand hygiene. Remember, the power to protect our health is in our hands - both figuratively and literally! Together, let's lead by example and inspire others to embrace the power of clean hands.