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- Colouring Contest for Local Preschoolers Reinforces Message About Need For Proper Handwashing -

Local pre-schoolers are being advised that health is in their hands… as is a chance to win prizes simply by colouring with a crayon or two.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is again organizing a ‘Health is in Your Hands’ colouring contest that promotes the importance of proper handwashing to stop the spread of germs. The colouring contest coincides with Infection Control Week (October 17-21), an annual awareness week that highlights efforts to prevent and control the spread of illness and infection.

In coming weeks, the Health Unit will be distributing colouring sheets depicting a young boy washing his hands to daycares in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. Children attending these daycares will be encouraged to colour in the picture, and then return the sheet to the Health Unit. Daycare staff members are also being asked to use the colouring sheets as a teaching tool for children to highlight the importance of handwashing.

In late November, three winning entries will be chosen from the colouring sheets that are returned to the Health Unit. Prize packages will consist of books, markers, stickers, art supplies, facial tissues, and toothbrushes.

“Washing your hands correctly is one of the most effective things you can do to protect yourself against many diseases,” says Cassandra Johnston, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Teaching children at a young age the importance of regular handwashing is an important lesson that will serve them well the rest of their lives.”

This is the second annual ‘Health Is In Your Hands’ colouring contest organized by the Health Unit, and Johnston is hopeful of building on the success from year one. In 2015, more than half of all local daycares took part in the contest, and more than 100 colouring sheets were completed and returned.

For media inquiries, contact:

Cassandra Johnston, Public Health Nurse, Communicable Disease Control, Epidemiology & Evaluation, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100.

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