Lather up for global hand­wash­ing day

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MANS­FIELD Shire res­i­dents are be­ing urged to lather up in the lead up to Global Hand­wash­ing Day.

A new sur­vey re­vealed a wor­ry­ing lack of hand hy­giene on the back of this record flu sea­son.

The na­tional study, com­mis­sioned by Pal­mo­live, re­vealed that over 40 per cent of Vic­to­ri­ans fail to wash their hands after sneezing, cough­ing or blow­ing their nose, thus risk­ing the spread of germs among fam­ily, friends and co-work­ers.

Also of con­cern was that 57 per cent of Vic­to­ri­ans fail to wash their hands after han­dling money, a rate far higher than in the United States where just 45 per cent of peo­ple be­lieve wash­ing hands is es­sen­tial after touch­ing money.

In the wake of this data, Pal­mo­live is en­cour­ag­ing Mans­field Shire res­i­dents to re­con­sider their hand hy­giene habits in the lead up to Global Hand­wash­ing Day, which takes place on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15.

De­signed for pre-school teach­ers to ed­u­cate chil­dren on the im­por­tance of hand­wash­ing for their over­all health, the pro­gram is a world­wide hand hy­giene pro­gram.

Since the pro­gram launched in Aus­tralia and New Zealand in 2009, the pro­gram has reached over 1.8 mil­lion preschool chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.

Kate Hickey, Pal­mo­live Clean Hands Good Health am­bas­sador says ef­fec­tive hand hy­giene is vi­tal in stop­ping the spread of germs.

“It is im­por­tant that Mans­field Shire chil­dren learn proper hand­wash­ing and hand hy­giene habits at a young age to en­sure good hand hy­giene habits are car­ried through­out their lives,” Ms Hickey said.

“While most of us wash our hands ev­ery day, many aren’t prac­tis­ing hand hy­giene prop­erly or enough due to time-con­straints or lack of in­sight as to when, where and how they should be do­ing so.”

While it is rec­om­mended that in­di­vid­u­als wash their hands for 20 sec­onds with soap, 79 per cent of Vic­to­ri­ans are wash­ing their hands for 15 sec­onds or less.

Fur­ther­more, ap­prox­i­mately a quar­ter of Vic­to­ri­ans say they don’t wash their hands ev­ery-time after us­ing the toi­let.

Learn­ing the cor­rect way to wash hands at a young age is the best way for Mans­field Shire chil­dren to es­tab­lish a life-long healthy hand­wash­ing rou­tine that will safe­guard them from in­fec­tions, germs and nasty bac­te­ria.

“As we ap­proach Global Hand­wash­ing Day, we en­cour­age all Mans­field Shire par­ents and teach­ers to ed­u­cate them­selves and their chil­dren and stu­dents on the im­por­tance of hand hy­giene,” Ms Hickey said.

“By im­prov­ing our col­lec­tive hand­wash­ing habits we can work to­gether to re­duce the spread of germs and dis­eases such as the flu and the com­mon cold.”

Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 12 Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14 RUB A DUB: Pal­mo­live wants Mans­field res­i­dents to wash their hands more.

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