National Hand Washing Week

handwashingBy DeDe Hausmann

How sad is it that we need to designate a week to make us aware of the role hand washing is for good hygiene and better health?!  If more people would realize that hand washing will help combat the spreading of infectious diseases, think how much more healthy we could be…  We needed to empower people to educate and help protect their family members who, in turn, can then help communities have more healthy environments.

Most people don’t wash their hands enough and they can’t figure out why they get sick.

Want to know where the GERMIEST PLACES are:

  • Grocery stores: shopping carts (look for disposable wipes to clean handles).
  • Playgrounds: wash hands or use hand sanitizer after playing.
  • Sinks in public restrooms: bacteria live in moist environments, as in faucet handles and soap dispensers. Wash hands well and turn faucets off with paper towels.
  • Offices: phones and desks.  A quick fix is to wipe down desk, phone and keyboards with disinfecting wipes.
  • Restaurants: table surfaces and high chairs.  Carry disinfecting wipes to sanitize both.
  • Libraries: countertops and other surfaces.  Use hand sanitizer or wash hands after leafing thru books, magazines, etc.
  • Cruise Ships: handrails.  These are floating cities  and niro-viruses are resistant to normal cleaning so wash hands frequently.
  • Malls: escalator handles.  Wash hands often or use hand sanitizers.

I found FIVE CLEAN HAND PRACTICES we all should do:

  1. Wash hands when they are dirty, before eating, before preparing and/or serving food, after using the bathroom, and after handling doorknobs or shopping carts.
  2. Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands.  Sneeze/cough into your elbow or into your collar.  This keeps your hands free of microbes that are emitted.
  3. Use a tissue to clean your nose or ears.  Then wash your hands with soap and water.  Ear wax is FULL of bad bacteria.
  4. Don’t rub your eyes with your fingers and then place them in food that you are serving others.
  5. Wash or sanitize your hands before and after touching your face, eyes, nose, mouth or ears.

These are basic and easy-to-remember hand washing hygiene measures that all should want to practice.   Proper hand washing leads to better health and we all want to be healthy.

You Can Enjoy That Thanksgiving Feast AND Eat Healthy!

By DeDe Hausmann

Don’t laugh—you CAN enjoy that turkey and all the fixings but you don’t need to overdo it.   It just takes wise planning.

Many of us have foods/specific recipes that we always prepare for TURKEY DAY.  Take the time now to pull out those recipes and see how you can make them more nutritious without sacrificing taste.

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Fall Back: A Great Time to Make Sure to Start the Day with a Good Breakfast!

By DeDe Hausmann

Since most of us in the US get an extra hour of sleep on November 4, and you know you’ll still wake up at the same time you normally do every other day, how about using that hour to make sure you enjoy a healthy breakfast?

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September is Self-Improvement Month

By DeDe Hausmann

September has been declared Self-Improvement Month and that can mean many things.  To me, that means Let’s Get Healthy and maybe we need a month to really look  at ourselves and ask, “Am I as healthy as I could be”?

Being healthy brings two lifestyle areas to mind, physical and mental health.  If you don’t feel good about yourself in these areas, you might need to make some changes.

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Breakfast Benefits

By Diane Ruyack

You and your children will feel full longer and may get less hungry throughout the day if your first meal has protein-rich foods, such as eggs, Greek yogurt, low-fat dairy products or lean meat, and fiber-filled fare, such whole-wheat bread, whole-grain cereal, fruit and vegetables. These foods appear to have more staying power than highly processed foods such as bagels, muffins, doughnuts and sugary cereals unless you add cheese, yogurt cheese spread and/or milk to them.

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ROC UR Body Family Fun Fest 2012 at Howard Park

By DeDe Hausmann

Mark Friday evening, September 14th, on your calendars for the 2nd ROC UR BODY FAMILY FUN FEST.  It’s from 5:30-7:30pm at Howard Park in downtown South Bend and it’s FREE!!!

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Love At First Sight – Cheese and Zucchini

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By Diane Ruyack

You are invited to a marriage!  Love at first sight, Cheese and zucchini go together like…..

All squashes, including zucchini, originated in the Americas. Archaeologists have found evidence of zucchini in Mexico as early as 7000 BC. Ancient Central Americans ate a diet rich in corn, beans and squash, a combination known today as “the three sisters.” When European explorers conquered the region in the 1500s, they brought back exotic foods from the New World, including zucchini.

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