Rebecca Richter, a Consumer and Family Science teacher, instructs her 6th grade students on the importance of safe food handling by empowering them to be food detectives. For years, Rebecca has been showing her students the Food Detectives video because her students can relate to its messages. She bases her lessons on this video, encouraging her students to think like detectives figuring out a foodborne illness outbreak. They even use Fight BAC!® stickers to make sheriff-like stars to deputize themselves. Sometimes, Rebecca says, the students tell HER when she is doing something incorrectly like improperly washing her hands. “They get excited for food safety and they take it home with them,” she says, further explaining that her students usually do not hear about safe food handling until they get to her classroom. Watch out- don’t get stopped by a food detective in Meridian!
With over 20 years in public schools teaching food safety, Melissa Blaine still finds ways to get creative with Fight BAC!®. Melissa is a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Grant Middle School in New Mexico. Melissa has been using Fight BAC!® for years in her classrooms and she says her 6th graders love it! But she stays creative and mixes things up by adapting the Fight BAC!® handouts to challenge her kids in new ways on the four core messages: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill. Melissa says that the “6th graders are enthusiastic learners and want to be in the kitchen and cook, not just to eat, but to become more independent. They can use these skills in class, at home and in the future in food service jobs”.
Thank you Melissa for the 20 years you have spent Fighting BAC!®
Harmful BAC (bacteria) that can be in food isn’t part of anyone’s plan for a healthy body.
Virginia’s Family Nutrition Program is working to make sure BAC stays off the menu for the state’s limited – resource families. They are Fighting BAC!® every day with food safety as a required component of all FNP curricula. Teaching safe food handling is one way the FNP is teaching limited-resource families and youth how to make smart food choices. Participants are expected to demonstrate acceptable food safety practices upon completion of the program.
What’s next on the FNP agenda? Preparing to Fight BAC!® for the upcoming school year! Nutrition Outreach Instructors use food safety print materials from The Partnership for Food Safety Education to create fun and interactive kits for the Smart Food Safety portion of their 3rd-7th grade curriculum, Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids. BAC won’t stand a chance against these healthy kids!
The VA Family Nutrition Program strives to teach limited-resource families and youth to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources for optimal health and growth. Check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/VaFNP.
Rub a dub scrub: Pennsylvania’s Get Smart Drawing Competition Fights BAC! ® that could be on hands.
Kids’ hands are a favorite hiding place for harmful bacteria. It’s no surprise that many foodborne disease outbreaks start with contaminated hands. For kids, germs are out of sight and out of mind. They don’t think about invisible pathogens lurking on their hands before they put their fingers in their mouths, pick up a sandwich, or pass toys to classmates.
BAC Fighter Natalie Mueller of Pennsylvania’s Get Smart program has come up with a contest to make the importance of handwashing memorable to kids across the state. This Fall, kids will be asked to draw a picture that illustrates why it’s important to wash their hands.
Prompting kids to visualize germs on their hands will shed light on just why they are supposed to wash their hands. Kids can be as creative as they want; drawing germ-battling heroes or simply drawing everything they touched in day. A picture is worth a thousand words – especially a picture of all of the scary germs that might be on your hands! That’s a lesson that doesn’t fade quickly.