Children get teeth stuck into oral health
Published Tuesday, 24 July 2012
A show featuring magic tricks and storytelling has been helping young children learn about oral health and healthy eating.
As well as being entertained by the Fizzy Pop Fairies, the children also did a puppet making workshop, received presentations about oral health and experienced 'taste testing' sessions which included trying our lots of healthy foods.
The Fizzy Pop Fairies is the brainchild of Linda McCann of Canndhu Productions. She said: "We've had a very enthusiastic response, one boy even said it was the best day he'd ever had!
"They've embraced all the ideas and concepts. What I'm trying to do is introduce the idea of five a day in a lighthearted way. It is very simple ideas and I hope it stimulates their senses."
The project is a joint initiative between the council's Cultural Co-ordinators and the NHS Lanarkshire Oral Health Team. It was funded by the council's Integrated Children's Services.
Steph Toms, one of the cultural co-ordinators, said: "This was a great initiative and one which the children really seemed to connect and identify with.
"Making the pupils aware of healthy eating and oral health at an early age is something that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives."
And Elaine Sharp, senior oral health educator with the NHS, added: "It was great working with Integrated Children's Services and Linda McCann on Fizzy Pop Fairies. We are keen to promote partnership working across Lanarkshire to improve oral health in children."