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Freaky Food Bugs
"Communicating important public health messages to families and children can often be very dry, and unengaging. However in this case, generating a creative game with the arts service, proved a really successful approach. The children really loved to learn the names of bacteria and what they did and it had a greater impact on their understanding of the importance of food safety than other traditional methods."
Lindsey Ellison: Environmental Health Officer
Description: The arts service designed a project for families with early years at Hednesford Childrens Centre, to  become more aware of safe food practices. Involving a greater understanding of the 4C's (Contamination, Chilling, Cooking and Cleaning) and the effects of poor practice on their families, parent and little ones worked with artist Richard Franks. They creatively produced models of all the major bugs and bacteria. These were then used as a basis to produce a series of Top Trump cards. Each primary school received a professionally produced pack, and pupils knowledge increased by learning about the subject matter through creative play. This project was a partnership initiative with Cannock Chase Council - Environmental Health.

Our Role: Developed project concept to meet Environmental and Public Health priorities, and approval from Top Trumps! Engaged appropriate audiences, engaged artists to professionally develop products and design workshops.

Partners:
Hednesford Children's Centre / Families with Early Years / Cannock Chase Council Environmental Health /Cannock Chase Commissioning Consortium / Good Life partnership

Creatives: Richard Franks: Multisory
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