“Everyone knows it’s important to wash their hands,” said Dr. Troy Dawson of Antelope Memorial Hospital. “However, ‘hand washing and hand awareness’ are both key in helping to prevent the spread of germs during the cold and flu season.”
The four principles of hand awareness are: DO NOT cough into your hands, DO NOT sneeze into your hands, wash your hands properly at the appropriate times (listed below) and above all - DO NOT put your fingers in the T-zone (eyes, nose and mouth).
One of the main ways that people become sick is after coming into contact with the microscopic droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze. The mucous membrane found in the T-zone is the primary pathway for ALL cold and flu germs to enter the body. That’s why it’s important not to touch your face with your fingers.
Washing your hands properly with soap and warm water (for at least 20 seconds) will remove most of the harmful germs that can make you ill, added Dr. Dawson. It’s important to wash your hands before you eat, prepare food, treat a break in the skin or insert or remove contact lenses. You should wash your hands immediately after blowing your nose, using the restroom, handling uncooked foods (meat, poultry or fish), changing a diaper or handling garbage. Hand washing should also be done before and after caring for an injured/ill person or animal. Hand sanitizing gels may be used in place of hand washing and are generally more convenient. However, it’s been found they are ineffective against the enterovirus.
Individuals may be confined to closer spaces at work or school - setting the stage for cold and flu germs to spread more easily. It is especially important in these settings to follow hand awareness and washing tips to reduce the risk of illness.
For more information, contact your health care provider at AMH Family Practice Clinics at (toll-free) 877.887.5440.
The Albion Area Arts Council will present the Emmy-award winning a cappella singing group Tonic Sol-fa Sunday, October 19th at 7 p.m. in the Boone Central Gym in Albion.
Named one of the five “must see” groups in America and described by the New York Times as “a vocal kaleidoscope…unique to the human voice,” Tonic Sol-fa has been highlighted in Newsweek magazine, performed with Jay Leno and appeared on NBC’s Today Show. Tonic Sol-fa leads the vocal music world as the nation’s premier a cappella group.
Tickets are only available at the door. Admission is $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children with Arts Council members admitted free-of-charge.
Anyone having questions may contact Paul or Lori Hosford at 402-395-6727 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, supports this program through a matching grant funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Visit www.nebraskaartscouncil.org for information on how the Nebraska Arts Council can assist your organization, or how you can support the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Additional funding has been provided by the Boone County Visitors Promotion Fund.
There will be plenty to talk about when members of the Elgin Community Club hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 20.
Due to schedule conflicts, the club did not meet in September.
Monday night’s meeting will be held at The Steel Steed Steakhouse & Saloon and will begin at 7 p.m.
The mobile food pantry, sponsored by various churches in Antelope County, will be dispersing food again on Tuesday, October 21, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the American Legion Club in Neligh.
The goal is to provide free food to those whose needs are great and resources are limited without being restricted by income guidelines.
Items include canned goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pastries, and desserts. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Workers are needed to help unload the truck and set up tables at 2:30 p.m. All other workers are asked to be there by 4 p.m. that day.
October 9, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Elgin Elementary is excited to hold the 1st Annual Family Fun Night! The event will take place on Monday, October 13, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Elgin Elementary Buildings. Students, parents, siblings and other relatives are invited to attend this fun filled hour of math activities and games. Join classroom teachers in this exciting event. Juice and cookies will be served.