Healthy hands for Abbotskerswell youngsters
Youngsters visiting Abbfest’s School Healthy Eating Day in Abbotskerswell this week are set to get help with healthy hands from Teignbridge District Council’s Environmental Health Team.
For the third year running the team has been invited to Abbfest to provide hand-washing demonstrations and show visiting children how many germs are living on their hands.
Pictured are: Left to right (back): Sam Hart, Food and Safety Officer, Teignbridge District Council;
Nick Cowan, Environmental Health Officer, Teignbridge District Council; Sarah Dumont, Company Development Manager, Fermoy’s Garden Centre & Farm Shop and Class Three pupils from Ipplepen Primary School, left to right: Kaci Hoare, 8, Sol Charnley, 9, Owen Sutton, 8, Jake Budd, 7, Sonny Mason-Zmaczynski, 7, Aimee Tapp, 7.
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The team bring with them special homemade germ detectors, using UV lightboxes to show up hidden bacteria, dirt and grime on hands.
It’s all part of the popular festival’s focus on healthy eating, with free workshops arranged to raise awareness of the importance of eating well and healthily. Taking place on Friday 21 September, local primary schools have been invited by organisers to take part in the workshops throughout the day.
Several members of Teignbridge’s team will be staffing their stall, highlighting the importance of common-sense health and hygiene. They’ll be demonstrating how children can wash their hands thoroughly and rid themselves of potentially harmful germs before eating or preparing food.
Sam Hart, Food and Safety Officer at Teignbridge District Council is leading the team on the day.
She explained: "Our stall is always really popular with youngsters.
"I think they’re attracted because our homemade germ detecting lightboxes look a little like something out of Doctor Who!
"But what really amazes them is when they see the number of germs that show up when they put their hands in.
“Of course we don’t want to create a generation of germ-o-phobes, but it’s really helpful to highlight how simple handwashing can keep them healthy. Hopefully they’ll leave with some new handwashing habits.”
The stall has been welcomed by Sarah Dumont from Abbfest sponsor Fermoys, which hosts the workshops. She said: “This year youngsters can expect activities such as sausage making, testing fruit smoothies, vegetable tasting, pizza making, recycling food, ice cream sampling and much more. Over 400 children are coming to the event which has become an annual highlight of the school calendar for many of them and we love to see them tasting new things and learning about good food and where it comes from.
“One of the most important things about healthy eating is good hygiene. This all starts with the basics like handwashing, so I’m delighted that the council is coming along to share some tips and help keep young hands healthy.”