Avoid­ing ill­ness is in your hands

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Har­ri­son

Peo­ple who don’t wash their hands prop­erly run the risk of get­ting sick.

But that won’t be a prob­lem for chil­dren at Oranga Pri­mary School.

The school re­ceived a visit from the FoodSafe and Ini­tial Hy­giene last week to learn about the im­por­tance of hand wash­ing.

Chil­dren were taught the 20 sec­onds wash, 20 sec­onds dry rule be­fore singing a song with mas­cot Foodsafe Fred­die.

The visit was or­gan­ised as part of Foodsafe Week, which ran from Novem­ber 10 to 16.

Oranga Pri­mary School pupil Me­leane Vai says it is im­por­tant to wash your hands.

“You have to take all the germs away,” she says.

“You might get sick if you don’t wash your hands.”

Na­tional Foodsafe week aims to raise aware­ness of food borne ill­nesses and give peo­ple tips for pre­vent­ing them.

The Foodsafe and Ini­tial Hy­giene teams trav­elled around the coun­try through­out the week vis­it­ing schools and teach­ing chil­dren about hand hy­giene.

Ini­tial gen­eral man­ager Ge­off Polk­inghorne says it is good to fo­cus on teach­ing chil­dren hy­giene from a young age.

“If you teach it to them now, it flows through to their adult life,” he says.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.foodsafe.org. nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Clean­ing up: Ini­tial Hy­giene gen­eral man­ager Ge­off Polk­inghorne shows Oranga school pupil Waimarie Nuitone, 7, front, and Peter James and Me­leane Vai, back, the cor­rect way to wash their hands.

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