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2014 News

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CDC Press Release: More than 33,000 Metro Atlanta Students to observe Global Handwashing Day on October 15th & 21st [PDF - 2 pages]

More than 33,000 Georgia students will learn about handwashing on October 15th and 21st when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention partners with two programs to observe Global Handwashing Day.

2012 News

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CDC Press Release: More than 100 Georgia schools to celebrate Global Handwashing Day October 15 and 16 [PDF - 2 pages]

To celebrate Global Handwashing Day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided educators with videos, podcasts, and fact sheets to help teach kids the importance of handwashing in keeping themselves and others healthy.

2011 News

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Handwashing article from Lack of soap means illness, death for millions of children

Teaching basic handwashing behaviors and providing people in developing countries with safe water and soap to use for handwashing can save millions of lives. CDC’s Eric Mintz discusses the important role children play in improving the rates of handwashing around the world.

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Handwashing Podcast and Transcript from KERA (Public Media for North Texas): KERA Health Checkup: Washing Your Hands

CDC’s Anna Bowen discusses the importance of handwashing, when and how to do it, and what can be done to make handwashing more of a habit.

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Handwashing Feature on The Most Important Food Poisoning Prevention

Studies have shown that handwashing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of foodborne illness. Associate Director for Healthy Water, Michael Beach, shares CDC’s recommendations for proper handwashing.