The Healthy Schools, Healthy People program is a joint initiative of the American Cleaning Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The program seeks to improve hand hygiene habits among students to help prevent the spread of infectious disease and reduce related absenteeism. SNAP is a grassroots, education-based effort to improve health by making hand cleaning an integral part of the school day.
The program is designed to get the entire school community talking about clean hands by providing tools for incorporating hand hygiene into multiple subject areas and activities. And it's a great way to get recognition for your school and share your success stories with others.
A group of Kittitas (WA) students who used their school mascot Paws to help teach their classmates about good hand hygiene behaviors. They created a poster and video about handwashing tips that creatively employed the school’s fight song to remind students to wash for 20 seconds, developed educational content for students in younger grades and recorded a local radio public service announcement on how handwashing contributes to reducing the spread of communicable diseases.