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It sounds like common sense, but doctors and the Centers for Disease Control think it bears repeating - hand-washing is by far one of the best ways to prevent germs from spreading and to keep you and your family from getting sick.

It’s the first line of defense against germs – such as bacteria and viruses – can be transmitted several different ways, especially by touching dirty hands or other contaminated surfaces.

“Hand awareness is knowing where your hands are and what they are doing at all times,” said Will Sawyer, M.D., a solo family physician in Cincinnati.

When germs are picked up by your hands, you can unknowingly become infected simply by touching your eyes, nose or mouth (also known as the “T Zone”). Once you are infected, it is usually just a matter of time before the whole family comes down with the same illness because they also plant germs in the T Zone

“I recommend everyone follow the four principles of hand awareness:

1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.

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Once again this holiday season, Gov. Ted Strickland, the Ohio Department of Aging and the Office of the State Long-term Care Ombudsman call on all Ohioans to visit a nursing home and share the spirit of the season with its residents during Visit a Nursing Home Week, Dec. 24-31.

The observance also is a time for individuals to become more involved in the care a loved one or others receive and join facilities as they strive to provide excellent care for all residents.

The department created Visit a Nursing Home Week to encourage people to look at nursing home residents not as patients with conditions that need care, but as individuals with thoughts and feelings, some of them isolated from the ones they love, who might appreciate some fellowship, particularly during the holidays. With the help of the Office of the State Long-term Care Ombudsman, the department also encourages facilities to design special events during the week to welcome visitors.

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Memorial “Baby Shower” under way
A “Baby Shower” is being planned in memory of Sherry Sprouse, executive director of Heartbeat of Fremont Pregnancy Support Center, who lost her brave battle against cancer on Sunday, Dec. 13.

In honor of Sprouse’s dedication and hard work, the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County will host the shower, with all items donated to be given to Heartbeat.

Heartbeat most urgent needs include baby wipes; diapers sizes N, 3, 4, 5; sleepers; digital thermometers; nursing pads; and baby laundry detergent. The organization always gratefully accepts diapers of any size, baby clothing, Onesies, crib sheets, receiving blankets, bottle brushes, pacifiers, baby socks, formula and baby food.

Donations may be brought to the chamber office, located at 101 S. Front St., Fremont,  through the end of the year. Gifts will be delivered to Heartbeat the first week of the New Year. For more information, call 419-332-1591.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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