Staying healthy at school

(Source: WPMI) Students at Dawes Intermediate are learning the best ways to wash their hands.

It's back to school time for students in our area. Unfortunately germs and illnesses can put a damper on beginning a new school year. Local 15's Darwin Singleton caught up with Doctor O of Compass Urgent Care, who put some students at the head of their class when it comes to staying healthy at school

How do you get kids exciited about washing their hands? Not, just washing them, but doing it right? Use a black light to show them just how nasty their hands can be!

Schools are just breeding grounds for all kinds of germs. But Dawes Intermediate School is a little bit better off today because of a school lesson taught, not by a teacher, but by good ole Dr. O.

We caught up with third, fourth and fifth graders getting preventative medicine in the form of knowledge. Dr. O told and showed them how to avoid getting ill at school.

"It's a good place right now because they're interested in learning, and they soak it up like a sponge," Dr. O said.

More on that cool hand washing proceedure in a moment, because there's more to it than that. For instance, do you know the proper way to sneeze?

"Whenever you sneeze, you need to cover your mouth, like that, so no one else will get the disease," said Haley Redding.

Of course, if you're ill, why would you be here in the first place?

"You're supposed to stay home," Parker Richardson said. "... you don't want to spread it to any other classmates!"

The idea is to avoid illness altogether. But how? Eat, sleep and exercise. It builds up your immune system.

Back to that hand washing routine, the white creme combined with the black light shows us just how germy our hands can be. So wash them often and for 20 seconds at a time.