According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 22 million school days are lost each year due to the common cold alone. In addition, a recent survey among U.S. moms revealed that almost half take off from work to look after their child when he or she has a minor illness. One in four moms say that having to take time off from work creates additional stress and pressure to catch up on work after hours. That is why today LYSOL announced a new program, the LYSOL Blue Ribbon School Attendance Challenge.
This program is a new initiative to help build healthier communities as part of the Lysol Mission for Health. LYSOL will be rewarding participating schools with $75,000 in total available prizes. The program is designed to motivate students to strive for better health and improved attendance. The program handbook, developed in conjunction with pediatrician Dr. Laura Jana, M.D., F.A.A.P., includes curriculums for grades K-5, as well as send-home materials for families. Each set of materials is designed to help parents and teachers reduce absenteeism and reinforce healthier habits at school and at home.
There are three exciting programs in which all U.S. elementary schools can participate, including:
"Helping kids stay healthy helps ensure that they are able to go to school and learn, instead of staying home sick. That said, teaching a child about healthy habits tends to be much more effective when it's done as a team effort between parents and teachers," said Dr. Laura Jana, M.D. "Making these learning activities fun encourages children to incorporate healthier hygiene habits, such as hand washing, into their daily routines – both at home and at school."
According to the recent survey among U.S. moms, nearly 75 percent felt that the majority of infections their children get are from germs picked up from daycare or school. Education about healthy habits, as well as small contributions to your child's classroom, such as donating disinfecting products to your child's school, can go a long way. In fact, CDC recommends placing disinfecting wipes in classrooms and encouraging students and staff to wipe down frequently-touched surfaces and objects before each use.
For more information about the LYSOL Blue Ribbon School Attendance Challenge and the Lysol Mission for Health, visit www.lysol.com/missionforhealth/schools.
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