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Dirty Magazines

People are beginning to get colds and the flu, so it's inevitable that you may find yourself in the waiting room at your doctor's office.

I wouldn't pick up the latest issue of Women's Health though. Do you have any idea how many sick people perused through its pages with their germ infested fingers?

Purell, makers of that 99% germ killing hand sanitizer, and its ad agency, JWT Toronto, were disgusted by the thought of all those dirty magazines. So they launched the Wash your hands campaign and handed out bright yellow stickers to place on magazines in doctor's offices. They read, "Thumbed through by sick people since September 2005," "Gently sneezed on since October 2002," and "Exposing patients to more than germs since October 1995.”

We all know that washing our hands is the #1 way to prevent germs from making us sick. It's good to get in the habit, if you aren't already, of washing your hands before you eat, and after you use the bathroom. Disgustingly enough, not everyone does. Don't believe me? Check out these videos.

They're another great reason to avoid touching high-traffic items such as toilet handles, doorknobs, handrails, and elevator buttons. Use your shirt like a glove.

Fit's Tip: Next time you go to the doctor or dentist, bring your own book or magazine.

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