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Public Health and Wellness and Louisville Water Company Launch “Clean Hands” Campaign

Friday October 16, 2009

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and Louisville Water Company want you to wash your hands…thoroughly! That’s the message of a “Clean Hands Campaign” the two organizations kicked off at Auburndale Elementary School this morning.

“Hands are the principal carriers of disease causing germs,” said Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. “Hand washing – with soap and water – is a simple thing and…in this time of widespread swine flu, it’s the best way to prevent infection and illness at school, at home, and at work.”

Fourth and fifth grade students at Auburndale demonstrated proper hand washing techniques they learned through a program sponsored by Louisville Water Company and taught in approximately 40 public and private schools each year.

“Public health is a part of our mission,” said Greg Heitzman, president of Louisville Water Company. “One of the most important ways you use safe, clean water is to wash your hands. We want to take this important lesson not just to school children but to people all over the city.”

The Clean Hands Campaign provides a free 5x5 decal that reads “Don’t share your germs! Keep hands clean!” that can be posted in restrooms all over the city…in schools, restaurants, churches, childcare facilities, and businesses.

Initially all Jefferson County Public School restrooms will have the decals as well as all Metro Louisville buildings. Public Health and Wellness inspectors will share the decals with restaurants and public facilities throughout the city. The University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences will distribute the decals throughout university buildings as well.

The decals are free and can be obtained by calling 569-3600 or by visiting www.louisvillewater.com or www.louisvilleky.gov/health.

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