Health Watch -- Healthy New Habits: Hand Washing

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about some healthy new habits to form this year, beyond the usual resolutions about losing weight, exercising and eating better. There’s one habit that can drastically reduce your chances of getting sick.

Dr. Raymond Fowler, an emergency room physician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says proper hand washing can prevent many infections. Germs are carried and transmitted by the hands, so keeping your hands clean makes a big difference in your risk for infection. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, scrubbing for about 30 seconds, after using the restroom, after working in the kitchen and before eating — or if you’ve been in contact with people. If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer gel with at least 60 percent alcohol.            


January 2007

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