What is public health? Wanna find out? Students in the USF Intro to Public Health class have chosen strategic areas in the Tampa Bay community that they feel represent public health in action. This blog is dedicated to explaining, understanding, and discussing what their interpretations of exactly what the heck is.... public health?!



Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Washing your hands to stay healthy

All our lives we have been taught that when we cough or sneeze, touch door handles, use the bathroom, or even every now and then when its been a while; that we should wash our hands. It is important that people keep their hands clean since this is one of the primary mediums through which germs are spread. We are always on the move, touching everything and using our hands all the time. Our group decided to take a picture of a sink at a local frozen yogurt establishment called "you say when". We chose this location because this is a recent food establishment that has opened near campus, and has become a popular place for many college students. In this domain of yogurt treats, there is a buffet style of toppings for your ice cream that you put on yourself, hence the name "you say when". The importance of the sink is so that the employees can wash their hands before and after handing out samples and while helping customers choose their yogurt dish. This addition of a sink helps prevent the spread of infections by the simplest of means... a simple hand washing. It is important to wash hands to help reduce the spread of germs and infections. It has been made law that food establishments must have their employees wash their hands before putting gloves on, after taking gloves off, when they are about to use the cash register, and every so often just to ensure a healthy and clean environment for everyone. By requiring employees to wash their hands, and encouraging customers to do the same, we are saving the trip to the doctor of potentially getting sick by transmitting germs, reducing costs, and ensuring our health. Who do we have to thank for this? None other than public health, helping keep the community informed and up to date on how to prevent the spread of infections, and introducing laws that require employees to wash hands, and encouraging the rest of us to do it as well.

Picture taken at "You say when" on fowler. In the picture: Neeti Pradeep, Jerin Madhavappallil, Taken by Michael Rojek

17 comments:

  1. Washing your hands is absolutely vital for good hygiene. Using hot water, soap, and the correct hand washing technique you can easily prevent a huge amount of illnesses caused by the bacteria on our hands.

    If you're interested to know mor make sure you visit the NHS site - http://www.wash-hands.com/

    Thanks alot for helping raise awareness!

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  2. I really like that your group did a post on this because many people overlook how important washing your hands is. It seems like something so simple and insignificant but in reality without hand washing there would be so much more sickness and even death. Like you guys mentioned, hand washing prevents the spread of infections and its such a simple method of prevention. Hand washing is definitely a public health related issue and the sink that was put in at You Say When is a perfect example of what public health is.

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  3. I really think this is one of the best if not the best idea of all. It touches on a subject that we all should take into consideration on a daily basis and it also is a good awareness tool to promote healthy habits such as hand washing This is one of the smallest things that we can do to make a very large impact on public health Good job and good idea guys!

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  4. Even though washing your hands may be a simple task that was taught to us when we were little, it is a very important issue in public health. Unfortunately, sometimes we take this knowledge for granted. In many other countries the simple act of washing hands are preventing them from getting diseases that their body cannot stand. Washing your hands is a very good habit to keep and I am glad that your group posted this because sometimes we forget the significance of it.
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  5. Hand washing is one of the simplest ways everyone can prevent the spread of disease. Most germs and other vectors are communicable from direct contact. In health institutions, it's of vital importance to wash your hands where doing so will prevent additional complications from arising in patients. Great idea guys

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  6. This was a great blog post! Keeping your hands clean is such an important aspect of a healthy community! I felt like the group did a great job explainging the importance of good hygienge in our community, but just because you use soap and water doesn't mean your hands are clean. Soap is ineffective in killing the germs on your hands if you don't scrub your hands together to create friction.

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