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Bad hand washing habits combated on campus

March 23, 2010
LINCOLN, NEUniversity of Nebraska at Lincoln health officials are working tirelessly to promote proper hand hygiene to reduce the estimated 30 percent of men and 10 percent of women who do not wash their hands after using a restroom, according to NewsNetNebraska.
Alice Henneman, a wellness educator at the University Health Center, is a coordinator of Healthy Monday, an awareness campaign where she operates a booth in the Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to educate students and faculty about making good health decisions, such as washing hands to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria, the story stated.
According to the story, Henneman is also responsible for posters seen around campus discussing "The 10 Most Common Causes of Infection" with an illustration of two hands and 10 fingers.
To cater to the often forgetful minds of busy college students, hand sanitizer stations have been set up across campus and in dining halls to encourage hand hygiene in the absence of soap and warm water, the story noted.
Henderson said: "On campus, you just have such an aggregate of people in such close proximity, that anything you can do to help prevent the spread of infection is very, very important. Education plays a key role when informing students of the importance of hand washing. It''s difficult to know what the rationale behind not washing ones'' hands. It could be what they were taught growing up, too busy to take the time to wash, or just plain forget."
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, washing with soap and warm water remains the simplest and most important step that can be taken to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others, the story added.
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