Lather Up! From Terrific Science Press supports CDC message on hand washing and swine flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes that washing your hands frequently helps stop the spread of germs, including the virus that causes swine flu. As every preschooler is taught, a quick rinse without soap does not equal a proper hand washing. Middle and high school students probably need a refresher on hand washing techniques, and can also benefit from understanding more about germs, the history of hand hygiene, and the role of hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps in controlling the spread of disease.

The award-winning Lather Up! Hand Washing Activity Handbook from Terrific Science Press delivers a strong health message about hand hygiene and engaging science content in a teen-friendly, magazine style. The book is ideal for teen clubs or as an addition to the health or science classroom. Lather Up! features hands-on activities (using readily available materials), magazine-style readings, thought-provoking questions, and games and puzzles. Plus, the companion website at offers free games, puzzles, and opportunities to learn more about the topic. Lather Up! is available on and at

Lather Up! is part of the Strive to Thrive! series of student handbooks, winners of the 2008 National Health Information Gold Award for Health Promotion/Disease and Injury Prevention Information for the Family and the 2008 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family, and a National Best Books 2007 Award, Young Adult Educational category. Recommendations include NSTA’s The Science Teacher: “should be a part of every science teacher’s classroom;” the Consumers Guide to Afterschool Science Resources: “science is accurate, compelling, and well scaffolded;” and Midwest Book Review, Reviewer’s Choice: “very strongly recommended for both school and community library collections.”

The Strive to Thrive! series was developed through a collaboration between Mickey Sarquis, Director of Miami University’s Terrific Science Press, and Mary Beth Genter, Associate Professor in the University of Cincinnati Department of Environmental Health. Development of the Strive to Thrive! series was supported by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health and by Miami University.

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