The Healthy Handwashing Habit – Getting Real with Kids

The Healthy Handwashing Habit – Getting Real with Kids

by Kaelan O’Fallon

Are you tired of nagging your kids to wash their hands? Wish your students would remember to clean up after using the restroom? Are you sick of your kids getting sick?

Parents and teachers know handwashing is important, but it plays a bigger role in our health and safety than most of us realize.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), failing to wash hands correctly contributes to nearly 50% of all foodborne illness outbreaks. In fact, washing your hands is cited as the single most effective thing you can do to prevent the spread of infections diseases!

Unfortunately, handwashing is a habit many kids can’t seem to adopt. When the problem is invisible – they can’t actually see the germs on their hands – it’s hard  to take it seriously.

That’s where this nudge comes in.

By simply placing a graphic of germs on the surfaces your kids touch in the bathroom, kids are more likely to wash their hands. Being reminded of all the yucky stuff they’re touching in a way they can actually see nudges them toward a healthy handwashing habit!

Print out our graphic below, and let us know how it works in your home or classroom!