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Palm Coast Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 1 year ago

Biz Buzz: FHF educates elementary school students on handwashing

Also in the Observer: Commercial permits issued; Awards and recognition.
by: Ray Boone Sports Editor

A team from the education department at Florida Hospital Flagler visited several elementary schools to teach students involved in the 21st Century Community Learning Center the importance of handwashing, according to a news release.

FHF’s Sophia Costa, Amy Piazza and Chantell Sandy visited Bunnell, Rymfire and Wadsworth elementary during the week of Feb. 5.

During the event, Costa, Piazza and Sandy emphasized the important role handwashing plays in one’s health. Studies show that handwashing can prevent 1-in-3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1-in-5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu, according to the release.

“Handwashing is one of the most important things we can do to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy. It's quick, it's simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick,” said Sophia Costa, FHF clinical educator, in a release.  “Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs!”

Sandy, a clinical educator at FHF, said that according to a study, 31% of men and 65% of women washed their hands after using a public restroom. Sandy said for the most effective wash, scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.

“That’s the amount of time it will take you to hum the ‘Happy Birthday’ song from beginning to end twice,” she said.

Commercial permits issued

  • Olive Restaurant, located at 250 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Units 408 and 409; $160,000 for interior renovations.
  • Central Florida Retina, located at 99 Old Kings Road S, Unit 2; $125,000 for interior renovations.
  • ADA, located at 2 Old Kings Road N; $117,000 for parking lot modifications.

Awards and recognition

Richard DeCeglie. Photo courtesy of Richard DeCeglie
  • Watson Realty Corp.’s Richard J. DeCeglie was recognized at the North Central Region Awards Ceremony as the top individual sales agent in 2017 for the Palm Coast office, according to a news release. DeCeglie also achieved the most Palm Coast residential saltwater canal listing closed in 2017.


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