About Us

The Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP! (School Network for Absenteeism Prevention) program is a joint initiative of the American Cleaning Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This program seeks to improve hand hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of infectious disease and reduce related absenteeism. This grassroots, education-based effort can help improve health by making hand cleaning an integral part of the school day.

This program is designed to get the entire school community talking about clean hands by providing tools for incorporating hand hygiene into multiple subject areas and activities. And it's a great way to get recognition for your school and share your success stories with others. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Despite its simplicity, handwashing is an activity that most people do not do as often as they should. By not washing their hands regularly, people can get sick and spread their illnesses to others.

The Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP program is all about fostering simple, health-enhancing behaviors throughout the entire school community. These free materials —

  • Make it easy to incorporate handwashing  education into your regular school classes.
  • Foster teamwork.
  • Provide new ideas that support national  education standards.

Plus it gives student teams a chance to gain national recognition!

  • You can earn CASH for your school or chapter.
  • VIP reception, visit to Capitol Hill and more!
  • Valuable publicity for you and your school.
  • Free hand hygiene products for your school.

This program is funded entirely through generous member contributions.

A Healthier School is in Your Hands

Clean hands mean good health for students, food service staff, teachers, administrators and the entire school community! The problem is that for many people, especially young people, handwashing just isn’t a priority. To encourage students and others in the community learn more about handwashing and its importance, we provide tools for you to help make handwashing a habit!

First piloted in 2003, in more than 40 states and Canada, now thousands of schools and hundreds of thousands of students have used the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP program to improve hand hygiene in their schools. Over the last 15 years, 45 schools have earned national recognition and awards!

Will your school earn top recognition next year? Get your school involved by downloading the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP materials today.