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Healthy Kids!

Health E. Owl's Good Grooming Rules

BATHING

Being fresh and clean makes you feel good about yourself. Knowing others like to be near you is a good feeling.

Bath or shower? That's up to you. Bathing daily cleans your skin and removes dirt and germs. Be sure to use soap and a wash cloth. Pay special attention to genitals, armpits, and skin areas with folds and creases. Don't forget those dirt gatherers -- knees, the heels and soles of your feet, shoulders and back, and your elbows.

You should always use your own towel and washcloth; by using someone else's you may contract infection.

HAIR CARE

You are the one to determine how often your hair needs washing. Daily to once a week is fine. But a shampoo at least once a week is a must. Your hair will not be harmed from frequent shampooing if you rinse it thoroughly.

Before wetting the hair, brush it free of all tangles (this also removes surface dirt). Next wet the hair thoroughly. Use plenty of lather and massage the scalp with the fingertips rather than nails to avoid scratches. Rinse the hair very carefully, being sure to remove all traces of suds. Blot the hair dry to prevent tangling. Wash your brush and comb every week. You can use your shampoo or a mild soap.

DEODORANT

No matter how thoroughly or frequently
you bathe or shower, for some individuals
bathing alone won't prevent perspiration or
its odor. As an added protective measure,
you should also use a deodorant or
antiperspirant regularly. Besides keeping your
body clean, you'll want to wear clean clothes
each day to help keep yourself smelling fresh.

SKIN CARE

Everyone should take time out for skin care. Soap and water are always important. Regular, thorough, washing will keep the skin as clean as possible. Wash your face at least twice a day; three times is better. And, use a sun screen when you plan to be in the sun. Drinking plenty of water (nature's moisturizer) and eating good foods are also important for healthy skin.

TOOTH CARE

A very important aspect of good grooming is proper mouth hygiene. Keep your teeth clean by thoroughly brushing after each meal and between meals as necessary. Dental floss should be used to remove food particles that a toothbrush can't reach. Remember to rinse your toothbrush after each use and allow it to air dry.

See your dentist regularly.

HANDS

Many, many diseases are spread by the hands. Wash them often (with soap). Friction (rubbing together) helps to kill germs. Always wash hands before meals and after using the toilet.

Trim your fingernails once a week and clean any dirt from under your nails daily.

FOOT CARE

For many people, care of the feet is an overlooked phase of grooming. Frequent washing and the wearing of clean socks or stockings are of utmost importance in preventing offensive odors, irritation, and infection.

Whether you bathe or shower, soak your feet and scrub them well. Dry thoroughly between toes to help prevent athlete's foot.

Trim your toenails regularly. Cut toenails straight across but contoured to the shape of the edge of the toe. Never cut into the corners, since that encourages ingrown toenails.

EATING RIGHT

To look good, you need to eat good nutritious foods,
not junk food. Make sure your diet is well balanced.
Eat foods from all four food groups:

  • meats, poultry, and fish
  • fruits and vegetables
  • breads and cereals
  • milk (includes yogurt, cheese, and ice cream)

EXERCISE AND REST

The right amount of exercise and rest makes you healthier. Exercise every day if possible. In order to benefit your heart, work up a sweat and exercise for at least 20 minutes (aerobic exercise).

Get at least eight hours of sleep every night.