FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
International Launches Clean Hands Game Targeted at Classrooms Nationwide
March 2, 2011
NSF Scrub Club's Clean Hands Game Reinforces the Importance of Handwashing and
Makes Handwashing Fun for Kids
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - NSF International's seven Scrub Club Soaper-Heroes are
challenging elementary teachers and students nationwide to lather up and show
their cleanest hands with the
Clean Hands Game. Created by NSF International, a not-for-profit,
public health and safety organization, the
Clean Hands Game is designed to help raise awareness about the
importance of handwashing. The game is based on the popular kids site, Scrub
Club® a fun, interactive, animated website that teaches children the proper
way to wash their hands.
"The CDC estimates that each year more than 164 million school days are
lost due to illness, and that number could be greatly reduced with proper
handwashing," explains Rob Donofrio, Ph.D. Director of Microbiology at NSF
International. "Our goal is to educate children about the importance of
proper handwashing and provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to
make learning fun for all kids. To further increase awareness, we created the
Clean Hands Game in 2008. We're excited to bring the game back again for its
third year and look forward to continued success and involvement from parents,
kids and teachers."
School teachers can enter their classroom into a drawing for a chance to win
one of five $100.00 gift cards to be used toward classroom supplies.
Additionally, all participants will receive a Scrub Club® Clean Hands
certificate for playing the game. For more information, view the complete rules and prize details.
How: To enter your classroom into the drawing for a $100.00
Snap a picture of your classroom's clean hands.
your photo and contact information online.
Receive a Scrub Club® Clean Hands Game Certificate and be automatically
entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of five $100.00 gift cards for
classroom supplies. For complete rules and prize details,
All entries must be submitted by April 1, 2011. Participants can submit their
Why: The flu and cold season is upon us and handwashing still
remains our best defense against spreading and contracting illness. The NSF
Scrub Club Clean Hands Game encourages children to wash their hands properly
and consistently in a fun and engaging way.
NSF Scrub Club Clean Hands Game past winners:
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
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
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/consumer).
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.
Now operating in more than 120 countries, NSF's programs include testing,
certification and safety audits for the food and water industries,
certification and banned substance screening for the dietary supplement and
functional food industries, toy and consumer product testing, and environmental
sustainability services including, carbon footprinting and environmental claims
verification. Additional services include management systems registrations
through NSF International Strategic Registrations Ltd., and organic
certification provided by Quality Assurance International.