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NSF Scrub Club
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 2, 2010

CONTACTS:
Greta Houlahan
NSF International
Phone: +1.734.913.5723
Email: houlahan@nsf.org

NSF International Launches Clean Hands Game for Classrooms Nationwide

NSF Scrub Club's Clean Hands Game Makes Handwashing Fun for Kids

ANN ARBOR, MI - The Scrub Club's seven Soaper-Heroes are challenging elementary teachers and students across the country to lather up and show their cleanest hands. Created by NSF International, a not-for-profit, public health and safety organization, the Scrub Club® is a fun, animated and interactive Web site that teaches children the proper way to wash their hands. The Clean Hands Game is designed to help raise awareness about the importance of handwashing.

What: The Scrub Club's Clean Hands Game is a fun and easy game played in the classroom. The Scrub Club Web site features activities for kids, including interactive, educational materials in French, Spanish and English. Enter your classroom to receive a Scrub Club® Clean Hands certificate and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of five gift cards for classroom supplies. For more information, view the complete rules and prize details.

How: Educators are encouraged to download the weekly handwashing charts at scrubclub.org to track how many times each student washes his or her hands.

When: The Clean Hands Game begins today – Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010.  Participants can submit their handwashing results by fax, mail or online by Friday, April 16th, 2010.

Why: The flu season is upon us, not to mention concerns regarding potential H1N1 outbreaks. Handwashing still remains our best defense against spreading and contracting illness. The Scrub Club Clean Hands Game encourages children to wash their hands properly and consistently in a fun and exciting 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). 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. Additional NSF services include education and training, safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, and organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International).



Scrub Club® and Scrub Club characters are copyright 2007 NSF International.
"BAC" character copyright 2006 The Partnership for Food Safety Education.

Please distribute Scrub Club® materials freely in classrooms, publications, etc.,
provided that credit is given to NSF International.