This post was sponsored by GOJO Industries, the makers of PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. You can read my disclosure policy here.
School is back in session for us and cooler weather won’t be far behind. I mean, one can hope. It’s been a zillion degrees here lately, so I’m ready for fall though I’m really not ready for those winter colds and other nasty bugs. We’ve been taking some steps to keep the family healthy, including using PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer regularly. Here’s our plan of attack for keeping everyone well this winter!
5 Tips for Reducing the Spread of Germs This Winter
Eat The Rainbow
A healthy diet, one made up of foods of all colors (think fruits and veggies here) will provide the nutrition needed to help keep you and the kids healthy this winter. I know sometimes you just want to hibernate with a bunch of cookies when it’s 4 degrees out there. No? Just me? 😉 You’ll feel better and stay healthier with a balanced, colorful diet.
Get Enough Sleep
This one is SO important. I’m sure you already know how much better you feel after a good night’s sleep. The same is true for the kids. Make sure everyone is getting enough rest. Bedtime for my kids is 8pm on school nights, which means we start heading to bed around 7:30. Leave extra time for all the shenanigans!
Keep Your Hands Clean
When possible, wash your hands with soap and water when you need to. That’s not always possible, so we keep PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer in several key places:
- School bags
- Gym and soccer bags
- The car (this one gets used a lot!)
- My purse
- School desks
Hand hygiene is really one of the most important preventative measures you can take against germs. We took the PURELL® 30-Day Challenge – using PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer three times a day for 30 days and despite my kids telling me that other kids in their classrooms are already sniffing and coughing, mine are doing well. We haven’t managed to find a way to avoid allergies around here (ugh!) but no colds, no bugs. I’m crossing my fingers we’re going to keep this up, keep sanitizing before meals, after we’ve been in the doctor’s office, public stores, etc., and stay healthy this winter. I think after a month it’s become a habit so the odds are in our favor!
Keep It To Yourself
Teach your kids to cover their mouths and noses when they cough and sneeze. I am STILL working on this with mine – cough into the elbow, not into the hand. Also, don’t share food (or lip gloss) and drinks with anyone. When germs are on the loose, as they are in the colder weather months, try to keep what’s yours, YOURS.
Stay Home When You’re Sick
When possible, don’t go into work or send the kids to school when you’re under the weather. It won’t help you get better any faster and it just might result in someone else getting sick. Rest, eat chicken soup, binge on Netflix. You’ll feel better in the morning.
You can stock up on PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer at Target. My kids love having their own bottles attached to their school bags and in their desks. Be sure to follow PURELL on Twitter and Facebook for more tips to keep your family healthy as we start a new school year!