Today is: you guessed it!! Global Handwashing Awareness Day. Wow. The things you learn by working in a hospital.
But seriously, there is a concerted effort worldwide to stop or slow the spread of disease by, you guessed it again: Handwashing!
And we're not talking about the fancy-schmancy antibacterial stuff. We're talking about plain old soap and water. It turns out that you Mom was right when she told you to wash your hands so you don't get sick. But it's amazing the number of people who don't do this simple task.
Now, the key times to wash up?
1. When your hands are visibly dirty.
2. After using the toilet (I mean, really, otherwise it's just nasty)
3. Before you eat.
I'll be honest, I sometimes have to do the sniff test on the boys before dinner to make sure that they washed their hands. It now usually just takes the suggestion that I don't believe them for them to fess up.
And just this evening at dinner- even after I announced that today was GHA day- I had to remind J14 to wash up. You would really think that she was old enough to remember that.
So, get out there and be a health superhero! There is even a theme song!!! Check it out at Henry the Hand. There are several great resource sites out there and this is a global effort through the World Health Organization.
In uncertain times (and who knows where the market is going next) it is more important than ever to take good care of ourselves, both physically and emotionally. If you don't have your health, what have you got...
So get out there and scrub those grubby fingers!!