Seventh Generation "Back-to-School" Kit GIVEAWAY

Is your child picking up more than the ABC´s in school? While you´re packing your child´s backpack with the pencils, notebooks and tools they´ll need for a great school year, don´t forget the supplies they´ll need to stay healthy and germ-free, too.

With nearly 22 million school days lost each year due to the common cold and flu (CDC) and as many as 2.7 million bacterial found per square inch on common school surfaces (NSF International), it´s no wonder that 82 percent of parents with kids in grades K-5 fret about the germs in their children´s classrooms (according to a survey conducted by Seventh Generation).

This school year, Seventh Generation is sharing tips from best-selling author and pediatrician, Dr. Alan Greene, to help parents protect their child´s health during back-to-school season. Dr. Greene suggests taking the following precautions:

Optimize the immune system

  • Reap the benefits of probiotics like those found in yogurt. A recent study showed that children who received enough probiotics daily throughout the cold and flu season had a significant reduction in the number of illnesses they had and, when they did get sick, the symptoms were both milder and didn't last as long.
  • Be sure your child is getting plenty of vitamin D from the sun, from food, or from a supplement.
  • Build a strong foundation. Good food, good sleep, and good physical activity all help the immune system to flourish.
Be wise about reducing unnecessary exposure to harmful germs
  • Teach children the key times to clean their hands in the classroom. The most important times include after sneezing, coughing or using the restroom, upon leaving "high-risk" places (recess, naptime, play stations) and before meals or snacks.
  • Sixty percent of teachers surveyed said that they request that parents donate disinfecting wipes to the classroom. Seventh Generation´s disinfecting wipes kill 99.99% of germs* naturally using the active ingredient thyme, a component of thyme oil which is derived from the herb thyme.
  • Stress the importance of not touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Demonstrate to your children how to cover their mouth and nose for every cough and sneeze. This simple maneuver has spectacular results in decreasing the spread of viruses and bacteria floating about the room, waiting to be inhaled.
*Refer to disinfecting product labels for full details

Watch the YouTube video below to learn about the little-known history of germs.

You can enter to win the Seventh Generation "Back-to-School" kit below that includes a Seventh Generation backpack, two canisters of Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes (one for home and one to donate to your child´s classroom), disinfecting multi-surface spray cleaner, facial tissue and paper towels.

Just leave a comment below answering the following question.
  • How do you keep your households clean during the school year?
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Anonymous said...

I keep the household clean by nagging!

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Amanda Macik

Anonymous said...

As soon my children come home from school they have to wash their hands and face. This is a routine I started from the very first day my first son started school. I also constantly use disinfecting wipes on everything in the house and always have a bottle of multi-surface spray ready to go when I need it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your daily email...I save SO much!!

Anonymous said...

I use the brown bottle-Hydrogen Perioxide and mixed 1/2 water to spray & clean up. It even works on mirrors. No smearing,

I also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in the laundry.

Margaret said...

During the school year it's tough to stay on top of everything but we wash our hands more often and pick up right after we are done with something. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

We use disinfectant wipes for the sinks and doorknobs everyday. I also keep hand sanitizer by the computer for use before and after using the computer, Kleenex boxes in every room for those unexpected sneezes. Of course the handwashing before and after everything it seems. I think I may be a little OCD, but, my boys are rarely sick :)

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Condo Blues said...

I have a small stash of cleaning supplies in all of the bathrooms and in the kitchen. That way I can clean up little messes as I see them.

Anonymous said...

I sanitize the door knobs and light switches regularly and I always have sanitizer for on the go trips. I also clean our car alot more.

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Anonymous said...

I use clorox disinfecting wipes as well as encourage my kids to wash their hands alot more. I also live by clorox clean up im always walking through the house spraying the toilets and counter tops a few times a day!

Amy said...

I encourage lots of covering of coughs and sneezes and handwashing. I also change hand towels frequently.

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Keonte' said...

I insist that we all wash our hands after using the bathroom, coming from outdoors, and before we eat. This prevents sickness and keeps us all in great practice for preventing germs.

Roseanne said...

I try to keep germs away with constant hand washing, lysol wipes and clorox bleach diluted with water in a spray bottle. Clean everything with it!

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