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Heading out to do some last-minute shopping or to one of the many special holiday events planned throughout the area?

With winter officially beginning Dec. 21, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) encourages motorists to get ready, and during icy and snowy conditions, to “Take it Slow.”

ODOT fleet of snow-clearing equipment and crews are well-prepared for the 2009-2010 winter season and the department is asking Ohio motorists to be sure their vehicles are ready for safe driving during upcoming winter weather. 

“Driving in winter weather requires preparation,” ODOT Director Jolene M. Molitoris said. ODOT safety experts suggest that motorists can commit to do their part by driving at a safe speed for the conditions, avoiding following too closely and by planning ahead for unfavorable conditions.

Knowledge: Before leaving home, find out about the driving conditions. Safe drivers know the weather, and their limits. If the weather is bad, remember, “ice and snow, take it slow, or just don’t go.”

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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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