Otsego United Methodist Church
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Where Jesus' Love is Lived!

Health and Wellness

From your Parish Nurses


December means Christmas and all the celebrations that occur during the month.   Nobody wants to miss any of the festivities due to illness.  Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to keep from getting sick and spreading illnesses. Cleaning your hands gets rid of germs you pick up from other people, from surfaces you touch and from animals you come in contact with.   This information and more can be found at www.cdc.gov.


Proper and frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs and illnesses. Following these guidelines will help keep you and your loved ones healthy during the holiday season.


When to wash your hands—

  • Before eating
  • Before, during, and after handling or preparing food
  • After you use the bathroom
  • After handling animals, their toys, leashes or waste
  • After changing a diaper
  • After contact with blood or body fluids (nasal secretions, saliva, vomit)
  • After touching something that could be contaminated (such as a trash can, cleaning cloth, drain or soil)
  • Before dressing a wound, giving or taking medicine or inserting contact lens
  • Whenever they look dirty
  • More often when someone in your home is sick.


How to properly wash your hands—

1.     Wet your hands first with very warm water then apply soap (liquid, bar or powder)

2.     Rub hands together vigorously to make a lather and scrub all surfaces including fronts, backs, between fingers and around fingernails

3.     Continue for 20 seconds.  It takes this long for the soap and scrubbing action to dislodge and remove stubborn germs.  Singing “Happy Birthday” through twice equals 20 seconds.

4.     Rinse hands well under running very warm water.

5.     Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer.

6.     Whenever possible, use the paper towel to turn off the faucet.


If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel or wipe.


Your Parish Nurses wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season.