Kids en­cour­aged to brush off bad habits

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - David Sal­vaire

A pro­gram aimed at en­gag­ing par­ents and kids in school-based health ser­vices was cel­e­brated last month, with stu­dents demon­strat­ing their knowl­edge at John Wel­lard Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

The Breathe, Blow, Cough, Brush pro­gram is a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort in­volv­ing Kwinana school nurses, school den­tal ther­a­pists and the Kwinana Schools and Com­mu­nity Net­work.

The pro­gram in­volves the in­tro­duc­tion of daily BBCB ex­er­cise rou­tines, ear health and tooth brush­ing, as part of class­room ac­tiv­i­ties.

There are fol­low-up in­struc­tion and sup­port vis­its by school nurses and school den­tal ther­a­pists, with health ser­vice in­for­ma­tion dis­trib­uted to stu­dents and fam­ily mem­bers.

Kwinana MLA and Min­is­ter for Health Roger Cook said the pro­gram was a great way to en­cour­age healthy habits among par­ents and young chil­dren.

“Hos­pi­tals are bad places to be and we don’t want peo­ple in there. We want them lead­ing healthy, happy lives,” he said.

“The way we can do that is by in­grain­ing good healthy choices and that starts in pro­grams like this, which can set the kids up for life.

“Over 1500 kids are hos­pi­talised with den­tal is­sues each year, so we still have a chal­lenge and one of the most im­por­tant tasks ahead is to con­tinue with ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams like this.”

Picture: David Sal­vaire

Photo avail­able at west­ Jorja Spread­bor­ough, 6, Kahliana Trego, 6, and Aye­sha Davis, 4, with Kwinana MLA Roger Cook at John Wel­lard Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

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