Good Health Habits

Practice Good Health Habits

Throughout the day you accumulate germs on your hands from a variety of sources including:
  • Caring for Babies and Animals
  • Cooking Surfaces
  • Opening Doors
  • Rubbing Your Eyes After Working on Your Keyboard
  • Shaking Hands
  • Wiping Your Nose

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Podcasts

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CDC Featured Podcast - Clean Hands Help Prevent the Flu

If you don't wash your hands frequently enough, you can infect yourself and others with these germs when you touch an infected surface and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Infectious diseases such as the common cold, flu and several gastrointestinal disorders are commonly spread through hand-to-hand contact. Listen to the podcast.

What Good Health Habits Are

Simple, proper hand washing remains one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of disease; however, most of us have forgotten how to wash our hands thoroughly.

Does Hand Washing Really Make a Difference?

Inadequate hand hygiene also contributes to food-related illnesses, such as salmonella and E coli infection in addition to several preventable illnesses and diseases. View the CDC Flyer: Clean Hands Save Lives! (PDF).

Food Borne Illnesses

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 76 million Americans get a food-borne illness each year. Symptoms of food borne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and weakness. Of these, about 5,000 die as a result of their illness.

Stop the Spread of Germs

Stop the Spread of Germs that Make You and Others Sick!
Serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and other severe respiratory illnesses are spread by coughing or sneezing. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.

Put your used tissue in the waste basket not your pocket or purse for reuse later.

Wash with soap and water hands after coughing or sneezing. If you do not have access to soap and water, then clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner.

Germ Jokes

  • What do you call a germ who wants to have a good time?
    • Fungi (Fun Guy!)
  • Why do people keep bandages in the refrigerator?
    • For cold cuts!
  • What did the mold say when he had his picture taken?
    • "Cheese!"

5 Top Reasons Kids Miss School

The five (5) top reasons kids miss school are reasons that are preventable!


  1. Common Cold
  2. "Stomach Flu" (Viral Gastroenteritis)
  3. Ear Infection (Otitis Media)
  4. Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
  5. Sore Throat