“I have two little ones and the most boring thing in the world for them is to go in the bathroom and wash their hands,” noted Chris Cathcart, president of CSPA/ACE secretary. “We’re fortunate to have Iron Man and our own mascot, Ace Clean, to get the attention of these young children to make it cool, interesting exciting and also the right thing to do, which is wash your hands.”
As part of the event, Ace Clean showcased the free interactive videogame at the www.stopgerms.org site, which is a trivia contest that offers information about the history of cleaning and fighting germs. The videogame was developed in collaboration with the CSPA.
The program will distribute more than 90,000 comic-book style book covers to New York area school children to help protect their school books. The comic book covers will feature Ace Clean and Iron Man and offer germ fighting tips from APIC and the www.stopgerms.org website. Midtown Comics in Manhattan is assisting in distribution. All of these initiatives will help raise awareness about the importance of disease prevention and urge participants to visit www.stopgerms.org where they can learn more about “responsible and beneficial use of products to ensure a safer, healthier and cleaner environment in homes, businesses and the community,” which is ACE’s mission.
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The Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2000. The ACE mission is “to promote responsible and beneficial use of products to ensure a safer, healthier and cleaner environment in homes, businesses and the community.” Its core program areas are: Inhalant Abuse Prevention, Disease Prevention, Poison Prevention, and Product Management. ACE is affiliated with the Consumer Specialty Products Association.
APIC’s mission is to improve health and patient safety by reducing risks of infection and other adverse outcomes. The association’s more than 13,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities around the globe. APIC advances its mission through education, research, collaboration, practice guidance, public policy and credentialing. Visit APIC online at www.apic.org. For consumer-related information, visit www.preventinfection.org.