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Welcome to week 2

Welcome to week two of the e-Bug Health Educator Training course. This is a three-week course on e-Bug: a free educational resource operated by Public Health England (PHE) to teach 4-18-year olds and community groups about hygiene, infection and antibiotics.

The aim of this week is to increase knowledge, skills and confidence of participants educating children and young people in food hygiene and oral hygiene.

  • The week will start with some facts about microbes in food and how they can be spread through the food or unclean kitchen surfaces and lead to cross-contamination.
  • We will then focus on ways to prevent this by correct food storage, paying attention to food labels and reheating leftovers thoroughly.
  • We will explore key aspects of oral hygiene, including the benefits of effective tooth-brushing and the influence that sugary food and drinks have on oral health.
  • You will learn about ways in which you can teach these topics to students and community members using practical activities, games and other resources.

The layout of the course for each week will focus on background information for specific topics and then activities and tools that educators can use to communicate key messages to children and young people.


Learning outcomes for Week 2

By the end of this week you will be able to:

  • Explain to children and young people that microbes are found on most of our food and can make us sick if the food is not properly prepared.
  • Demonstrate to children and young people what cross-contamination is, risks and causes of cross-contamination, and how it can be prevented, by video demonstration and practical food hygiene activities.
  • Explain to children and young people how refrigeration does not kill microbes but stops them from multiplying, and the importance of following guidelines for storage and reheating food.
  • Demonstrate to children and young people the importance of washing hands before and after preparing food, washing cooking utensils, and cleaning surfaces.
  • Explore the benefits of effective tooth-brushing and demonstrate to children and young people the influence that sugary food and drinks have on oral health using a practical activity.

These learning outcomes will ensure you can explain to children and young people how microbes are present in food, why good food hygiene is important, and how maintaining good oral health can prevent tooth decay.

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