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Study: No time for handwashing

October 17, 2011
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WASHINGTON — A survey, released to coincide with Global Handwashing Day, found that 43 percent of school-aged children don''t wash their hands at school because they don''t have time, according to a press release.

The survey, conducted by Russell Research for the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), found good news overall — 89 percent of students ages 8-17 reported washing their hands after using the school bathroom, the release stated.

According to the release, lack of teacher support and "digusting" bathrooms can sometimes hinder their best efforts.

Fifty-one percent of kids reported their teachers didn''t set aside enough time for handwashing before lunch, while 47 percent said they occasionally don''t use the bathroom because it isn''t clean, the release noted.

"Good hygiene is one of the many life skills that schools can reinforce. Good hygiene helps keep students healthy and in school," said Nancy Bock, ACI vice president of consumer education.

"Parents and teachers need to prompt kids daily, because cleaning matters to our health. Lessons learned in school last a lifetime," Bock added.

Click here to read the complete release.

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