Make Handwashing a Habit in Your Kitchen

A man washing his hands with children in a kitchen and a reminder to teach kids to do the same.

Washing hands when you’re preparing food is one of the most important things you can do to prevent food poisoning. It’s especially important during key times when you’re likely to get and spread germs, such as before, during, and after preparing food; before eating; and after using the bathroom.

CDC is launching a national hand hygiene campaign, Life is Better with Clean Hands, today for Global Handwashing Day. The campaign encourages adults, especially parents and caregivers, to make clean hands a part of their daily lives. Make handwashing a healthy habit for you and your kids.

To help promote the campaign, CDC developed materials anyone can use to encourage handwashing within their communities. Materials include a partner toolkitpdf icon [PDF, 12 MB]; online resources such as social media posts and graphics; radio public service announcements; and free posters.

Food Safety Tips for Fall Outings

Headed to a farm to select the perfect pumpkins or apples? Planning to attend a fall festival or fair and try the foods and beverages available? Remember that food safety practices should be the same at farm stands and fairs as they are in restaurants and at home: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill. Read CDC’s feature, also in Spanish, to get tips for eating safely at fairs and festivals.