Just about 6 weeks ago, I was frantically shopping for back to school supplies and was pleasantly surprised to see on both of my boys’ school lists disinfecting wipes. To me that shows the teachers are actively taking a role to try to help stop the prevalent amount of germs found in a classroom of children.
Back to school season is upon us, and in recognizing the importance of keeping students healthy in the classroom, recently appointed National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) President, Otha Thornton, wants to excite students about returning to school and educate on hygiene practices in a new, stimulating approach.
The PTA and National Education Association (NEA), in collaboration with the CDC, have partnered to launch a program that reinforces the practice of healthy habits in helping to keep students well and thriving – the Healthy Habits Program. In fact, they will kick off the first-ever Healthy Habits Week on September 23 with a large traveling, interactive science exhibit on wheels traveling to schools across the country, and have recently released a mobile application to challenge students’ knowledge of healthy hygiene practices.
As you may know, every year, the common cold results in 22 million lost days of school for students. That’s millions of days of lost learning, and millions of opportunities for students to fall behind. Yet, research shows that teaching good hygiene habits, such as hand washing, can help eliminate lost school days by 26 percent. Following one of the worst cold & flu seasons in more than a decade, the Healthy Habits Program aims to reduce student absenteeism.
The program focuses on three key areas of healthy habits: hand/surface hygiene, nutrition and physical activity. Teachers and parents may access downloadable materials online to help educate students/families about healthy habits, including: ready-to-use, standardized lesson plans, a year-long activity calendar for parents, a classroom supply list, tips on helping families and classrooms to stay and healthy, and more.
I was sent a Lysol back to school product package featuring Lysol Disinfecting Wipes.
My take: I am debating on whether to be selfish and keep these products for myself or give them to my boys’ teachers. I love how quick and easy Lysol has made each product to use. The wipes can be used on virtually any surface, the foam hand wash is great for my boys who always use too much hand soap and the To Go Disinfecting Spray is something I have never seen before but will definitely put in my diaper bag, perfect for public bathrooms. I also spent a couple of minutes on the Healthy Habits Program Website and they have some great resources for parents and teachers alike so please take a few minutes to check out this great resource.
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