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NSF Scrub Club
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 18, 2007

CONTACTS:
Greta Houlahan
NSF International
Phone: (734) 913-5723
Email: houlahan@nsf.org

Scrub Club Helps Kids Fight MRSA
Website Teaches Children the Importance of Washing their Hands


Ann Arbor, MI - A recent outbreak of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has made proper handwashing and personal hygiene a priority for parents, teachers and medical professionals alike. NSF International today announced a resource that can help children fight against MRSA - www.scrubclub.org.

MRSA is known to cause "staph" infections that are resistant to treatment with common antibiotics. These dangerous bacteria are transmitted mainly through human hands. If a person doesn't wash with soap and water, the bacteria can spread.

The Scrub Club website was developed by NSF International, a non-profit organization committed to public health and safety, to provide a fun way for kids to learn proper handwashing techniques to fight harmful infections such as MRSA. The Scrub Club "soaper-heroes" teach kids the six steps to proper handwashing:
  • Hot Shot" and "Chill" combine to make the warm water essential for proper handwashing;
  • "Squeaks" turns into various forms of soap;
  • "Taki" becomes a clock that counts down the required 20 seconds for proper handwashing;
  • "Scruff" reminds kids to clean around their nails;
  • "Tank" turns into a sink to rinse away the germs; and
  • "P.T." transforms into paper towels.
"By teaching children the importance of proper handwashing with the help of the Scrub Club, we can make a difference in preventing the spread of MRSA and other serious infections," said NSF International Vice President William Fisher.

The Scrub Club includes Webisodes, interactive games, music, downloadable activities for kids, educational materials for teachers and program information for parents. For more information about the Scrub Club please contact Greta Houlahan at 734.913.5723 or houlahan@nsf.org.

About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.

 

 



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