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In the overall scheme of things, the common cold is not a huge issue. Nevertheless, in terms of costs, personal discomfort and missed work, the cold is a large problem.
Hand washing is the single most effective means of avoiding the common cold. So as a public health slogan, I would suggest something that will foster an understanding of the importance of hand washing, an awareness of what is on your hands and motivation to actually wash.
I work in a medical laboratory where hand washing is very important. The slogan that I use (and have found to be highly effective) is a sign that reads as follows:
"DANGER: WHAT'S ON YOUR HANDS GOES IN YOUR MOUTH!!"
I have to be honest. Most slogans (health or otherwise) are cheesy, are they not? My thought is, the "best" slogan is one that gets so much attention people remember it.
The two that come to mind for me are: "No pain, no gain." Overused, kind of a cliche now, but true, and memorable.
Another saying, which probably can't be counted as a slogan as I believe it originally came from the Poor Richard's Almanac is: "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." As sing-songy as it is, it is a saying I've always liked.
The slogan really depends upon the age of the group being addressed. Middle schoolers and younger children would probably relate to the songs and cutesy slogans such as "Don't be mean; use good hygeine." High school students and older would probably relate to the more serious examples such as the one mentioning health and wealth or the gazelle story.
What about: "You've only go one body. Use it don't abuse it."
I always thought one of the worst was "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," given that apples are not really the best fruits in terms of nutrition, but it is certainly better than a quarter pounder.
One slogan I always thought was good, even though it isn't necessarily about health but can be interpreted that way was:
“Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle... when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.”
Basically the idea is that if you aren't exercising or running or walking or doing something, you are going to end up with serious health issues and even mental problems. Humans were meant to exercise quite a bit and you have to do it to be healthy.
I love the saying, "Health is the Best Wealth." It's a broad statement about good health, which would include hygiene, weight issues, and any other matters. It could be used to help people to realize that good health is better than riches so you should do everything you can to stay healthy.
- Keep your body clean and fit -- it's the only one you have.
One that I've seen around a lot that someone must think is good is
- Cover your cough
Another couple about washing hands could be
- Your health is in your own hands, so be sure to wash them.
- Be sure to wash the hands that feed you.
Wash, wash, wash your hands,
every single time
you visit the john,
shake hands with a friends,
or pick a pencil up.
Wash, wash, wash your hands
every single time
you blow your nose,
sneeze or cough
and before mealtimes.
(sung to the tune * row, row, row your boat)
Hand washing with warm water and soap is the best known way to prevent a large number of viral and bacterial diseases from spreading. You may sing the alphabet song 3 times through to be sure that you have washed and rinsed your hands for the recommended amount of time.
If in contact: wash your hands;
Wash those germs right off of your hands!
Lather, Rinse, Repeat.
Soap and water are the #1 defense against colds and flu.
When working with young children I teach them this slogan, “coughs and sneezes spread disease, please cover your mouth.”
I also make sure that they wash their hands properly by telling them to sing Happy Birthday while they do it. This may sound silly, but I often hearing them from the other room singing the entire Happy Birthday song out loud.
I have been in preschool rooms and the children were in circle time and then the ECEs would lead them into singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, but in place of saying Twinkle, Twinkle they replaced it with each students name. For example “Michael, Michael, if you can, go and wash your little hands”.
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