Why should I wash my hands?

Why is everyone always reminding us to wash our hands?

Washing your hands is the best way to stop the spread of germs. Germs will make you sick and washing our hands at the right time will ensure that we don’t get sick very much.

So when do we need to wash them?

When they are dirty. They can become dirty from playing outside, playing with food and animals, after going to the restroom, and don’t forget when you cough or sneeze. They also need to be washed before you eat or touch food people are going to eat! This is very important to remember so we don’t get other people sick.

So washing our hands thoroughly with soap and water is the best way to prevent sickness and stay healthy and clean! We need to wash all the parts of our hands including the palm and back of our hands! Have fun washing!

African American boy washing hands

Sugar and the effects on the body

Does too much sugar cause health problems in children?It can. Food and drinks that are high in added sugars have extra calories and may have few nutrients. Too many sugary foods and sweet drinks can make children feel full and leaves less room for healthy foods. Too much sugar can also lead to cavities if children do not brush their teeth regularly. Sugar is often blamed for behavioral problems and hyperactivity in children. However, studies have not shown that eating sugar makes a difference in the behavior of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).


Benefits of Exercise

Benefits of Physical ActivityRegular physical activity can help children and adolescents improve cardio and respiratory fitness, build strong bones and muscles, control weight, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and reduce the risk of developing health conditions such as:2Heart disease.Cancer.Type 2 diabetes.High blood pressure.Osteoporosis.Obesity.


Covid-19 Information and Tobacco

Smoking & Vaping during Covid-19 and Tobacco UseWhat’s the Connection Between COVID-19 and Tobacco Use?COVID-19 is an infection that aggressively attacks the lungs.Smoking and vaping harms the lungs, leaving it susceptible to COVID-19.Here’s How: Smoking and vaping can damage cells that line the airway. These cells contain “cilia,” our essential defenders against viruses like COVID-19. Without them working properly, the lungs are more vulnerable.Learn more from the American Lung Association by visiting: “What You Need to Know About Smoking, Vaping and COVID-19”The Risk:According to the CDC, smokers are at a higher risk for severe illness if they get COVID-19.Smoking and vaping can:Make it harder for your lungs to fight COVID-19.Harm your immune system.Make you more vulnerable to severe symptoms if you do get COVID-19.In addition to taking steps to avoid getting COVID-19, it’s important to do all you can to keep your lungs healthy to avoid the worst effects of the disease.


Children washing their hands correctly

Children need to know that you should wash your hands:

  • after being outdoors or getting your hands dirty
  • after using the bathroom
  • after touching animals
  • before and after touching food
  • after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.

For a simple handwashing lesson, have your child:

    1. Wash hands in warm water.
    2. Use soap and lather up for about 20 seconds. Get in between the fingers and under the nails. Wash the wrists, too.
    3. Rinse hands.
    4. Dry well with a clean towel.