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Mister Germ Hygiene and Nutrition Program
The Mister Germ Hygiene and Nutrition Program helps teachers in New South Wales (NSW) incorporate evidence-based hygiene and nutrition practices into preschool classes to help reduce the risk of infectious diseases spreading. The objectives of the program are to:
- increase awareness of hand-washing and hygiene practices at preschool and at home
- increase awareness of healthy foods in preschool
- provide information to teachers and parents on immunisation and communicable diseases.
The program comprises:
- a manual adapted and developed by Robert Barnett, Environmental Health Officer, from the Queensland Tropical Health Unit's Mister Germ Model
- a teacher's/presenter's activity guide that provides the preschool staff with a variety of physical, visual and verbal educational activities that show students what germs are, how they spread sickness and how this can be prevented.
Abstract adapted from Australian Resource Centre for Healthcare Innovations
Environmental Health Officer
North Coast Area Health Service - NSW Health
PO Box 126
Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
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