ATLANTA, Aug. 25 In today's climate of flu and communicable disease scares, hygiene and wellness education is more imperative than ever. According to a 2009 study by the Soap and Detergent Association, 39 percent of people seldom wash their hands after coughing and sneezing*. Because Georgia-Pacific Professional believes everyone should wash their hands with soap and dry them with a paper towel, the company is launching Spread Wellness, a campaign aimed at teaching people proper techniques for washing and drying hands when away from home. The campaign also encourages everyone to be a Spread Wellness ambassador by sharing the importance of hand hygiene practices wherever they go.
The Spread Wellness website (http://www.spread-wellness.com) is a resource center that provides links, tips, education materials, news and tools to share with those around them. The website also offers an interactive hygiene poll and downloadable signs that promote hand washing. Additionally, visitors can sign up to be a Wellness Ambassador and receive a welcome kit with a Spread Wellness wristband.
"With the easy transfer of germs and diseases, we all need to be more aware of our surroundings," said Bill Sleeper, president of Georgia-Pacific Professional. "We need to practice good hygiene habits ourselves and share these tips with those we interact with. This campaign is about educating the public on how to use the best hand washing practices to stay healthy and potentially take steps to help improve cleanliness and wellness wherever they go."
Through the Spread Wellness website, consumers and facility managers are provided a way to take action to further promote hygiene away from home. Beyond hand washing materials, consumers can request enMotion® Automated Touchless Towel Dispensers in places they go and where they work, and facility managers can learn more about leasing enMotion Automated Touchless Towel Dispensers for their facilities. Georgia-Pacific Professional enMotion Automated Touchless Towel and Soap Dispensers help reduce cross-contamination and maintain a hygienic washroom.
Information on how to Spread Wellness can be found at http://www.spread-wellness.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/spreadwellness or by following on Twitter @GPProfessional (www.twitter.com/gpprofessional).
ABOUT GEORGIA-PACIFIC PROFESSIONAL
Georgia-Pacific Professional is a provider of hygienic dispensing systems, towels, tissues, soaps, air fresheners, wipers, cups, cutlery and napkins. Two business groups operate under the Georgia-Pacific Professional business. The Washroom and Wiper Solutions group provides the full range of products to market segments including office buildings, healthcare, manufacturing, and lodging facilities. The Food Services Solutions group focuses on such segments as restaurants, coffee shops, and convenience stores. The Georgia-Pacific Professional business features such well-known product brands as enMotion®, Compact®, Dixie®, EasyNap®, SmartStock®, and Brawny Industrial(TM). For more information on Georgia-Pacific Professional, please call 1-866-HELLO GP (435-5647) or visit us at http://www.gppro.com.
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ABOUT GEORGIA-PACIFIC PROFESSIONAL'S WELLNESS INITIATIVE
As a leading supplier of hygienic solutions for the away-from-home washroom, wiper and foodservice industries, the primary goal of Georgia-Pacific Professional for decades has focused on spreading wellness to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, businesses and communities. This includes providing hygienic products and wellness solutions that address issues such as sustainability, hand hygiene and hygienic environments in washroom and foodservice areas.
Today, Georgia-Pacific Professional's wellness initiative continues to focus on improving the well-being of its customers and users. This effort includes educational and awareness programs for industry professionals and consumers that highlight the benefits of proper hand washing. Numerous products from the company's Washroom and Wiper Solutions and Food Services Solutions groups support the company's commitment to wellness by promoting good hygiene, while offering source reduction benefits. For more information on the company's wellness initiative, visit http://www.gppro.com/healthy.
*enMotion® dispensers are only available for lease through an authorized distributor.
SOURCE Georgia-Pacific Professional