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In addition to promoting safe toys and driving, we're also highlighting National Handwashing Awareness Week! Hand hygiene is key to preventing the spread of germs. Children and adults alike should always keep these 4 principles in mind:

1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.
2. Do not cough into hands.
3. Do not sneeze into hands.
4. Above all, do not put your fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth!

If you are interested in “Reinforcement Tools” that support the effectiveness of handwashing programs at home, school, or work, please visit www.henrythehand.com.


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Every year during the first week of December is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. The American Occupational Therapy Association - AOTA raises awareness of the many resources available to older drivers and their families to promote safety behind the wheel. If you want to learn more about different aspects of older driver safety, listen to the daily AOTA podcasts at https://www.aota.org/Conference-Events/Older-Driver-Safety-Awareness-Week.aspx.
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Did you know that December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month? It's the season for gift giving, but we often don't think about the safety and suitability of what we buy. Knowing what to look out for can prevent potential injuries from well-intentioned gifts. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind: https://www.preventblindness.org/safe-toy-checklist

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World AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1 and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died. Learn more about HIV prevention, testing and care at www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics. #WAD2017
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When you're sick, an antibiotic isn't always the answer. MedStar Harbor Hospital primary care physician, Robert Dart, MD, explains why antibiotics work wonders for infections caused by bacteria, but why they don't work against illnesses caused by viruses. Read more: https://www.medstarharbor.org/waterfront-magazine/why-antibiotics-arent-always-the-answer/
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An entrepreneur's journey is never a linear one. Check out @Rideroundtrip CEO Mark Switaj's @1776vc Insights blog post to learn how the company arrived at the @MedStarHealth Innovation Lab Cohort and what lessons he's learned in the first month.

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Have you heard about the new blood pressure guidelines released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology? They are meant to raise awareness of controlling blood pressure before it becomes a serious health risk. Learn the facts from Allen J. Taylor, MD, Chief of Cardiology, at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute: https://blog.medstarwashington.org/2017/11/15/new-blood-pressure-guidelines/

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In this day and age, it's easy to take things for granted. Slowing down to reflect and give thanks is one of the benefits of a holiday like Thanksgiving. We encourage you to express gratitude not just today, but every day for your friends, family, and health. Happy Thanksgiving! #gratitudeisthebestattitude
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According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. During the flurry of holiday activity, you may be tempted to rush or cut corners. But by following a few simple steps and knowing what to do if accidents happen, you’ll be able to focus on family without the need for a trip to the hospital! Read more about Thanksgiving safety: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/seasonal-fires/thanksgiving-safety

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Staying healthy on Black Friday might not be top of mind. But while you're shopping for super savings, it's important not to over-do it! Click to get 7 tips for a Healthy Black Friday from LiveScience: https://www.livescience.com/10304-7-tips-healthy-black-friday.html

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