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. The program seeks to improve hand hygiene habits among students through an education-based effort to make hand cleaning an integral part of the school day in an effort to help prevent the spread of infectious disease and reduce related absenteeism.
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 program is all about fostering simple, health-enhancing behaviors throughout the entire school community. 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, thousands of schools and hundreds of thousands of students have taken part in the Healthy Schools, Healthy People program to improve hand hygiene in their schools. Until 2019, the Healthy Schools, Healthy People program involved an annual award for classrooms conducting handwashing campaigns and over 45 schools earned national recognition through this initiative.
The Healthy Schools, Healthy People program is being transformed into a broader education program that uses insights learned over the last 16 years to help bring the handwashing message to even more schools across the country.