It's back to school time, and you know what that means, right? It means that your days are numbered before colds and flu spread through your child's classroom like wildfire, eventually tearing their way into your home until everyone but your pet puppy is sniffling and sneezing (or worse.)  

 

Colds and flu make their way around a classroom faster than you can say, "a-choo," but it doesn't have to be that way. By simply washing your hands (and encouraging your kids to do the same,) you could significantly cut down on the number of these pesky illnesses that affect your family.

Most of us know this already, right? But, according to a 2009 study by the Soap and Detergent Association, 39 percent of people seldom wash their hands after coughing and sneezing. A new hygiene campaign by [skipwords]Georgia[/skipwords] Pacific called Spread Wellness aims to tackle this discrepancy and teach people the proper technique for hand washing wherever they go.  

The Spread Wellness website is a font of information about getting hands clean with handy hand washing tips, a hygiene poll, and downloadable signs you can hang at home or at work to remind others to scrub up.

Check it out. Here's hoping for a happy and healthy school year!

Plus: Don't miss MNN's complete back to school guide.

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