Food Protection Trends - March 2012 - (Page 116)

ARTICLES Copyright© 2012, International Association for Food Protection 6200 Aurora Ave., Suite 200W, Des Moines, IA 50322-2864 Food Protection Trends, Vol. 32, No. 3, Pages 116–123 Teaching Children to Wash Their Hands – Wash Your Paws, Georgia! Handwashing Education Initiative JUDY A. HARRISON Dept. of Foods and Nutrition, 204 Hoke Smith Annex, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA ABSTRACT Handwashing is one of the best ways to prevent infectious diseases such as flu and many foodborne illnesses. This study developed a handwashing education initiative using a university mascot-type likeness and evaluated the effectiveness of such a campaign in teaching youth the six steps of proper handwashing and when hands should be washed. Wash Your Paws, Georgia! included a bulldog likeness, along with handwashing guidelines promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NSF International (National Sanitation Foundation). Components included posters, an instructor’s guide, PowerPoint slides, suggested activities, evaluation tools, parent/guardian information letters, and magnets and stickers to supplement educational messages. All methods, evaluation instruments and letters were approved by the University of Georgia Institutional Review Board. Extension Agents were trained in the use of the educational materials and the evaluation components of the curriculum, which was implemented throughout the state. A pre-test/post-test design was used to evaluate the program’s effectiveness in increasing knowledge of the six steps of proper handwashing. More than 5,462 youth were reached in this initial study. Results indicate that the materials were very effective in increasing knowledge of proper handwashing technique and suggest that this project can serve as a model program for educational institutions. A peer-reviewed article * Author for correspondence: Phone: +1 706.542.8865; Fax: +1 706.542.1979 Email: 116 FOOD PROTECTION TRENDS | MARCH 2012

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Food Protection Trends - March 2012
Sustaining Members
Food for Thought from Your President
Commentary from the Executive Director
Teaching Children to Wash Their Hands – Wash Your Paws, Georgia! Handwashing Education Initiative
Motivation for Unpasteurized Milk Consumption in Michigan, 2011
IAFP 2012–2013 Secretary Election
New Members
What’s Happening in Food Safety
Industry Products
General Information
Registration Information
Special Contributors and Sponsors
Coming Events
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Journal of Food Protection Table of Contents
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Food Protection Trends - March 2012