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Mister germ hygiene and nutrition program
The Mister germ hygiene and nutrition program was developed to provide resources and train teachers to introduce sustainable hygiene and nutrition practices into pre-schools that would help reduce the risk of infectious diseases spreading. The objectives of the program are to:
- provide an evidenced based teaching strategy to provide an interactive prevention program by using fun visual, verbal and physical education strategies
- increase awareness of hand-washing and hygiene practices at the preschool and at home
- provide information to teachers and parents on immunisation and communicable diseases
- increase awareness of healthy foods in the preschool.
The program comprises:
- a manual adapted and developed by Robert Barnett from the 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
Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit
Environmental Health Branch
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