March 2, 2011
CONTACT: Kelly Nichols
NSF Scrub Club's Clean Hands Game Reinforces the Importance of Handwashing and Makes Handwashing Fun for Kids
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International’s seven Scrub Club Soaper-Heroes are challenging elementary teachers and students nationwide to lather up and show their cleanest hands with the Clean Hands Game. Created by NSF International, a not-for-profit, public health and safety organization, the Clean Hands Game is designed to help raise awareness about the importance of handwashing. The game is based on the popular kids site, Scrub Club® a fun, interactive, animated website that teaches children the proper way to wash their hands.
“The CDC estimates that each year more than 164 million school days are lost due to illness, and that number could be greatly reduced with proper handwashing,” explains Rob Donofrio, Ph.D. Director of Microbiology at NSF International. “Our goal is to educate children about the importance of proper handwashing and provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to make learning fun for all kids. To further increase awareness, we created the Clean Hands Game in 2008. We’re excited to bring the game back again for its third year and look forward to continued success and involvement from parents, kids and teachers.”
School teachers can enter their classroom into a drawing for a chance to win one of five $100.00 gift cards to be used toward classroom supplies. Additionally, all participants will receive a Scrub Club® Clean Hands certificate for playing the game. For more information, view the complete rules and prize details.
How: To enter your classroom into the drawing for a $100.00 gift certificate:
When: All entries must be submitted by April 1, 2011. Participants can submit their handwashing pictures online.
Why: The flu and cold season is upon us and handwashing still remains our best defense against spreading and contracting illness. The NSF Scrub Club Clean Hands Game encourages children to wash their hands properly and consistently in a fun and engaging way.
About the Scrub Club®
NSF International's Scrub Club®, launched in 2004, is a series of Web-based, interactive resources designed to teach children proper handwashing techniques and hygiene habits. Each of the Scrub Club® Soaper-Heroes represents one of the six steps in the handwashing process - "Hot Shot" and "Chill" combine to make warm water essential for proper handwashing; "Squeaks" turns into various forms of soap; "Taki" becomes a clock that counts down the required 20 seconds for proper handwashing; "Scruff" reminds kids to clean around their nails; "Tank" turns into a sink to rinse away the germs; and "P.T." transforms into paper towels.
Interactive games "Stop Fluin' Around" and "Big E's Grossest Hits" teach kids how to protect themselves from Influenza and E. coli. The cornerstone of the Web site is a Webisode or cartoon featuring the Scrub Club® as they join forces to fight off harmful germs and bacteria, teaching children the proper way to wash their hands along the way. For additional information, visit www.scrubclub.org.
About NSF International
NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, dietary supplements and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects (www.nsf.org/consumer). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
Now operating in more than 120 countries, NSF’s programs include testing, certification and safety audits for the food and water industries, certification and banned substance screening for the dietary supplement and functional food industries, toy and consumer product testing, and environmental sustainability services including, carbon footprinting and environmental claims verification. Additional services include management systems registrations through NSF International Strategic Registrations Ltd., and organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International.