July 2010
This winter a giant ‘Germnasium’ will be visiting primary schools, sports clubs and community groups around Australia to help teach children about good hand hygiene.

It is common knowledge among parents that schools are one of the most common places to pick up and spread germs. In the last year alone, more than 1.9 million Australian children between the ages of 5-14 years were absent from school due to cold and flu*. This winter, a new program sponsored by Dettol, aims to teach children about the importance of good hand hygiene in a fun and interactive learning environment.

The Healthy Touch Program features a giant inflatable dome shaped ‘Germnasium’ classroom (pictured below), where children participate in a range of fun and interactive lessons that integrate with the current PDHPE and Science & Technology syllabus, to help establish good hygiene habits from an early age.

Aussie kids will learn what a germ is (good and bad, as we know not all germs are bad), four of the most common germs and their effects, as well as how to help stop the spread of germs.

Giant germ characters, hand washing jingles, a germ-ometer and luminescent paint showing the everyday germs that can accumulate on children’s hands, are some of the activities that Aussie kids will take part in once inside Dettol’s ‘Germnasium’.

The Healthy Touch Program will be taught by accredited primary school teachers like Sarah Pawley.

“83% of Aussie parents believe schools are one of the main areas where their children can pick up and spread germs, however, it’s a known fact that kids find germs boring. They don’t think about the spread of germs as they can’t see or feel them,” said Ms Pawley.

“The Dettol Healthy Touch Program is a fun and interactive way of teaching kids good hand hygiene habits that they can use throughout the day – from classroom to sporting ground and when they go home.”

For more information visit the website www.healthyfamilies.com.au.

*Based on a survey of 1,000 parents with primary school aged kids extrapolated to the population of kids in this age group.