At Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness, we understand there's only one thing harder than making healthy behavior changes: Sticking to them! We all need a little help from our friends, and that's the purpose of the Wellbody Blog, a friendly online gathering spot--a community well--where you can dip into health news; wellness tips; recipes; latest research about nutrition, exercise, sleep and hygiene; plus, real stories from virtual neighbors who are also trying to change their lives for the better. Start from wherever you are; share ideas, information, inspiration. At Pacific Science Center, we believe each of us can do something everyday to improve our health and well-being.
Turns out a firm, warm handshake is more than a cordial power greeting. It’s a vector for germs. In one recent experiment, handshakes transferred an average 124 million units of E.coli.
What to do?
In our handshake culture, a simple smile seems inadequate and standoffish; a waggly finger wave is odd; a brisk nod could easily be misinterpreted as rude. Touching elbows? Beyond awkward.
So consider the fist bump. Infectious disease experts advocate this charismatic ritual greeting because it spreads 1/20th the germs of a traditional handshake and is ten times as hygienic as a high-five, according to research recently published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Keep reading to learn why and see a cool science video on fist bumps featuring celebrities and cute animals.
As promised, here's the video of SureWash CEO Sean Bay demonstrating four smooth moves—recommended by the World Health Organization—to properly wash your hands.
The trouble with traditional handwashing methods, where the fingers of one hand wrap and orbit the fingers of the other, is that germs nestled between your fingers stay there. Traditional handwashing techniques also overlook your hardworking opposable thumbs, and just think of how many doorknobs they've touched!
If you want to master handwashing techniques that may help you avoid nasty viruses and bacteria, visit Wellbody Academy'sGermnasium, which has the only public-use SureWash station in the world. SureWash uses a Microsoft Kinect camera and video gaming technology developed in Ireland to train medical personnel to correctly wash their hands.
There's no extra charge for SureWash or any Wellbody Academy activities: It's all included in your admission to Pacific Science Center and always free for members. We want to help you stay well!