Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I Don't Want to Miss...

Whenever my kids don't want to wash their hands, I use the motto that our pediatrician once used on them...Would you rather puke, or wash your hands? I love that question because it drives home for them the consequences of not taking precaution against germs.

Right now, there is a campaign underway by Clorox to bring about awareness of this and other flu prevention methods. Clorox has teamed with American Idol finalist Danny Gokey on "I Don't Want to Miss" which gets teens and teachers actively involved in stopping the spread of H1N1 and seasonal flu.

Now in its second year, the program features a contest that invites school musical groups such as glee clubs and show choirs to develop a video performance of a song written by Berklee College of Music student Will Wells. The song is about the importance of flu prevention and all of the things teens don't want to miss out on when they're sick. The winning school gets to have a music class led by Gokey.

For my kids, there is SO much they wouldn't want to miss out on. In fact, H1N1 hit our house last fall and it lasted a few weeks. They were miserable being stuck at home and not being able to play with their friends (we homeschool, so we didn't have to worry about them missing school).

If you have a teenage child who would like their school to enter the contest, click here for more information. For each entry submitted, The Clorox Company will donate $100 (up to $10,000) to the Sophia's Heart Foundation, a charity founded by Gokey in honor of his late wife, Sophia, and dedicated to helping children achieve academic success via musical training and restoring musical dreams in children.

Be sure to check out Clorox's Facebook page as well for more information about flu prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that children and teens over 6 months and up to age 18 get flu vaccinations. In addition to vaccination, the most important step in flu prevention, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and washing hands often play an important role in prevention.

Stay well!

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Clorox and received $20 thank-you gift certificate.

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