Mary GreeneAs part of each peer member’s Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), we focus on health and environmental safety.  Awareness of environmental health factors is timely right now, as respiratory and gastro-intestinal infections abound.

In our group discussions, we recently focused on personal precautions to be taken in order to prevent the spread of sickness.  As well as educating ourselves, we have taken such measures as cleaning computer keyboards, distributing hand wipes, and re-sanitizing restrooms and common areas.

Following are some of the precautions that have been given to peer members and staff:

    1. Be aware of the cooler weather and the increased unsanitary conditions that may exist because of the weather.
    2. Keep your hands away from your face as much as possible – especially your mouth.
    3. Wash your hands several times a day, using soap, warm water, and paper towel drying.
    4. When you wash your hands, make sure you wash BETWEEN your fingers for at least 15 seconds.
    5. Because phones and keyboards often transmit germs, clean them often with a sanitary wipe.
    6. Avoid unnecessary physical contact with others during flu season and other times of communicable disease outbreaks.

In the photo, peer member Mary Green does her part to educate others about environmental safety and disease prevention.

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