Thursday, January 28, 2010

I Don't Want to Miss...

Balancing schoolwork with sports practice, play rehearsal, and club meetings complicates any teen's life enough without the added burden of getting sick. The dual risk of the seasonal flu as well as the 2009 H1N1 virus, makes this year's flu season especially complicated. To help spread the word about flu prevention, former American Idol finalist Danny Gokey has paired up with The Clorox Company to launch I Don't Want to Miss…, a national campaign designed to get teens and their teachers involved in flu prevention.

Now in its second year, the program features a contest that invites school musical groups, like glee clubs, show choirs, etc.  to develop a video performance of a song written by Berklee College of Music student Will Wells on what they don't want to miss out on if they were home sick and why prevention is important. The winning school will win a music class led by former American Idol finalist Danny Gokey!

For each entry submitted, The Clorox Company will donate $100 (up to $10,000) to the Sophia's Heart Foundation, a charity founded by Gokey in honor of his late wife, Sophia, and dedicated to helping children achieve academic success via musical training and restoring musical dreams in children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that children and teens over 6 months and up to age 18 get flu vaccinations. In addition to vaccination, the most important step in flu prevention, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and washing hands often play an important role in prevention.

Visit the Clorox page on Facebook ( after January 28 to learn more about this creative and informational challenge. For the first 100 groups to submit, the teacher will receive a wellness care package from The Clorox Company.

-Courtesy of Clorox & Mom Central

If my daughter was home sick with the flu, she wouldn't want to miss out on... her speech and occupational therapy appointments. She goes 4 times a week to help her get better. She loves her teachers (therapists) and has so much fun!

She also wouldn't want to miss out on going to our church once a week where I work to hang out with the other kids and play!

And what would a girl do if she couldn't go and visit her grandma?! Even running errands with mom can be fun, to get out and about. Think of the things your kid would miss if they were home with the flu!

Your kids can enter the contest here:

Find out more about Flu Prevention:

*I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Clorox and received $20 thank-you gift certificate.

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