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September 8, 2015

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From the classroom to the locker room, from the restroom to the water fountain, and from the cafeteria to the library, schools can be a breeding ground for germs. Schools are also places where many people are close together for periods of time. This means that it’s easier to spread germs and get sick.

One of the most effective (and simplest!) ways to prevent getting sick is to wash your hands—which is a fact many of us are aware of by now. In fact, in a study of 305 school children, it was found that those who washed their hands four times a day had 24% fewer sick days due to respiratory illness and 51% fewer days due to upset stomach.

But even though we are aware that it’s important, the basics in hand washing are often lacking. Did you know that most students don’t clean their hands often or well enough? In another study, only 58% of female and 48% of male middle and high school students washed their hands after using the bathroom. Of these, only 33% o...

April 6, 2011

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I’ve unfortunately been plagued with food poisoning recently, not once, but twice, due to food eaten in restaurants.  Anyone who has had food poisoning in any form knows just how unpleasant it can be.  I was so affected by these incidents that I was inspired to write (and complain) about it and reinforce ways to prevent it. 

And I want to emphasize that food safety and foodborne illness are NOT to be taken lightly.  As we have seen recently in the news regarding bacterial contamination of ground beef, peanuts and spinach, the everyday activity of eating food can become a life or death situation.

Foodborne illness is sickness caused by consuming foods or beverages contaminated by bacteria, viruses or parasites.  Foodborne illness typically results in abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever. While many symptoms are mild, foodborne illness can lead to severe medical complications and as we know, is even fatal if left untreated...

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