What is the best slogan regarding health and hygiene?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

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...

Check Out
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial

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!!"

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles
How about this: Wash your hands. You can sum up some of the most important health habits with that one. It can also lead to overall healthy behavior in general. It doesn't over everything, but it will help.
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

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.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

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."

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

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.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

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.

 

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

How about

  • 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.

 

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

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.

For slogans:

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.

 

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team