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Scrubby Bear Helps children during the flu season
August 25, 2009

Cape Coral kids receive a free Scrubby Bear - And learn to protect themselves and others this flu season

Fort Myers News-Press/Healthy Living:  August 25, 2009:  The Urgent Care Center of SWFL in Cape Coral presents the American Red Cross of Lee County’s Scrubby Bear’s Don’t get Sick – Wash-up Quick classes on Saturday, August 29. The entertaining and informative program will teach children preventive methods against getting sick during the upcoming flu season. Each child who participates will leave with their own cuddly stuffed “Scrubby” bear and song sheet, as well as membership in the Scrubby Bear Clean Hands Club.

“Teaching children some easy techniques for minimizing the spread of illness at school and at home during this upcoming flu season is crucial,” says Dr. Larry Hobbs, Managing Partner of the Urgent Care Center of SWFL and President of the Lee County Medical Society, “We are proud to partner with the American Red Cross of Lee County and to bring this new program to Cape Coral.” Scrubby Bear’s Don’t Get Sick –Wash-up Quick, is a FREE 30-minute, interactive program scheduled hourly throughout the day for children between the ages of 4 to 10. Children must be accompanied by an adult and will learn about germs, where they lurk, and most importantly how to reduce receiving and spreading them during this upcoming flu season.

One of the keynotes of the program is for children to learn the Scrubby Bear song that they can sing and establish the twenty seconds necessary for effective hand washing techniques. “Scrubby has touched nearly 3000 children and adults in Lee County since I began teaching this program in March,” says Instructor, Gloria Jones. “ It is so gratifying to me… When I return to a place where I’ve taught the program, I hear the kids singing the Scrubby Hand Washing Song and realize it stuck.”...

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