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Personal Hygiene
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Special Considerations for Teachers
a. Things for Teachers to Consider Before Talking to Students or their Families
b. Starting a Dialogue with Students or Parents/Caregivers
c. Ways to Engage Parents/Caregivers in Discussions About Personal Hygiene Issues
3. Additional Resources
4. PA Announcements
a. Keen to be Clean
b. Washing Your Clothes
c. Oral Health
5. Parent Newsletter Inserts
a.
b.
c.
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Keen to Be Clean
Baby Teeth are Important
Early Childhood Tooth Decay
Tips for a Healthy Smile
6. Activities and Handouts
a. Teacher Resource: Discussion About Hygiene - Ideas for leading a class discussion on
personal hygiene. Grade Division: Junior (Gr. 4-6)
b. Hygiene Hints – Handout
Grade Division: Junior (Gr. 4-6)
c. Word Scramble Personal Hygiene Game & Answer Sheet
Grade Division: Junior (Gr. 4-6)
Appendix A: Components of A Healthy School - Personal Hygiene
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Introduction
Purpose:
To provide schools with resources and tools to address the issue of personal hygiene (including oral
hygiene) using a Healthy Schools approach.
What is a Healthy Schools Approach?
A Healthy Schools approach is a comprehensive plan that enables schools to achieve health goals by
addressing four distinct but inter-related components:
o High Quality Instruction & Programs: ways to help students learn and practice skills.
o Healthy Physical Environment: ways to make schools healthier and safer.
o Supportive Social Environment: ways to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment.
o Community Partnerships: ways to work together with partners to promote a healthy school
community.
How Can Schools Use this Package?
Whole school: Schools can use this package to address the issue of personal hygiene by using a
Healthy Schools approach for the whole school (see Appendix A: A Healthy Schools approach to
Personal Hygiene chart for details.)
Classroom: Teachers can use the activities and handouts as a curriculum support to address
personal hygiene and oral hygiene in the classroom (see the Activities and Handouts section).
The materials in this package are intended to be used in elementary schools.
All materials are available online at www.toronto.ca/health and may be reproduced, with no
adaptation, to use in your school, provided the source is acknowledged as: Reprinted with permission
of Toronto Public Health.
Your school liaison Public Health Nurse can help!
For more information contact:
N.B. The Personal Hygiene Package does not include information or resources related to hand hygiene. To
receive information on hand washing and the Clean Hands Kit please contact your school liaison Public Health
Nurse.
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Special Considerations for Teachers
Teachers are encouraged to address personal hygiene practices with an entire class or address it as a whole
school initiative. However, there may be times when teachers feel that addressing the topic with an individual
student and/or their family is necessary.
Things for Teachers to Consider Before Talking to Students or their Families:
Hygiene practices will vary from family to family and culture to culture (e.g. how often people wash their
hair or the use of deodorants). Teachers are encouraged to be mindful of the potential for different cultural
norms within their classroom as they address the hygiene practices.
Some families may be experiencing major stressors in their lives or may not have the financial means to
support good hygiene practices.
Some people may be allergic or sensitive to scents and perfumes (e.g. hairspray, cologne, body lotions),
teachers may want to encourage students to use scent free products.
Starting a Dialogue with Students or Parents/Caregivers:
Addressing the sensitive topics such as personal hygiene and body odour with individual students can be
uncomfortable and even challenging. The following are points that teachers can use to start a dialogue with
individual students and/or their families concerning good hygiene practices.
Hygiene practices can affect personal relationships and friendships among children at school.
Children can tease each other or even bully other children because of body odour or their personal
hygiene practices.
Research indicates that when children are bullied they not only suffer socially and emotionally, but their
academic performance can also be affected
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Special Considerations for Teachers
Ways to Engage Parents/Caregivers in Discussions About Personal Hygiene Issues:
Teachers may find the following examples helpful when considering ways to engage parents/caregivers in
discussions related to personal hygiene practices.
Discuss the issue of body odour in the classroom and the social implications for students related to
personal hygiene practices at parent-teacher interviews. If appropriate, display examples of personal
hygiene products such as shampoo, soap or deodorant.
Send an email or note home encouraging parents/caregivers to send a change of clothing to school when
their children are participating in sports or gym class. Remind students to wash their gym clothes regularly
at home.
Use parent newsletter-inserts to remind parents/caregivers of the importance of good personal hygiene
practices (e.g. see the Keen to Be Clean parent newsletter insert on page 6).
Please refer to Appendix A: Components of a Healthy School - Personal Hygiene for more examples of
addressing personal hygiene using a whole school approach.
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Additional Resources
Curriculum Supports
OPHEA Physical and Health Educational Curriculum Resources
http://hpe.ophea.net/
Grade 3 - Personal Health and Safety: Making Healthy Choices Units 4 and 5 – Oral Health
Always Changing
www.ophea.net
A school-based resource designed to teach pre-teens in Grades 5 and 6 about the transition between childhood and
adolescence, as well as the beginning stages of puberty (developed by Procter and Gamble and endorsed by
OPHEA).
Helpful Websites
Kids Health.org
Growing Body and Mind - Body Stuff articles for kids
Acne
www.kidshealth.org/kid/grow/body_stuff/acne.html#
Changing Your Hair
www.kidshealth.org/kid/grow/body_stuff/changing_hair.html#
Shaving
www.kidshealth.org/kid/grow/body_stuff/shaving.html
Why do Feet Stink?
www.kidshealth.org/kid/grow/body_stuff/feet_stink.html#
Your Body - Taking Care of your Body articles for teens
Hygiene Basics
www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/take_care/hygiene_basics.html
Taking Care of your Hair
www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/take_care/hair_care.html
Taking Care of your Teeth
www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/take_care/teeth.html
Taking Care of your Skin
www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/take_care/skin_tips.html
Why do I Sweat So Much?
www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/take_care/sweat.html
What Causes Bad Breath?
www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/take_care/halitosis.html
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Toronto Public Health - Dental Services
www.toronto.ca/health/dental/index.htm
Brushamania
Brush-a-mania is an annual program designed to promote oral health and awareness among young children (Gr. JK –
8). It was started ten years ago by the Rotary Club of Toronto - the purpose is to educate and motivate children from
Junior Kindergarten to grade 6 to promote good oral health and to bring together dentists, Rotarians, teachers and
parents to create a celebration around proper dental care.
www.brushamania.ca/school_info.html
SmileCity - Oral Care Education for Kids
Learn about taking care of your teeth and mouth.
www.smilecity.ca
Canadian Dental Association - “Dental Care for Children”
Information for parents on how to properly care for primary teeth and new permanent teeth.
www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/dental_care_children/index.asp
Available for Schools to Purchase
Title: Squeaky Clean Hygiene, Grades 1-3
Author: Linda Schwartz (Author), Beverly Armstrong (Author, Illustrator)
Year: 1999
City: Huntington Beach, CA
Publisher: Creative Teaching Press, Inc
Learning about hygiene has never been more fun! Squeaky Clean Hygiene, written especially for students in the
primary grades, is packed with reproducible activities including: humorous poems, fun facts, dot-to-dots, word
searches, mazes, and hidden pictures. At the same time, kids will learn about hair care, oral hygiene, bathing, changing
underwear, foot and hand care, and care of the nose, eyes, and ears. While learning about hygiene, kids will get practice
in alphabetizing, rhyming, vocabulary, phonics, creative writing, science, and more. The book also includes charts to
help kids keep track of brushing and flossing their teeth as well as the new healthy habits they are learning about.
*Note – Toronto Public Health does not endorse the messages expressed in the poem "Delaware's Underwear" page
52, and therefore do not recommend using this specific activity with students.
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Parent Newsletter Inserts
Classroom Activities and Handouts
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PA Announcements
The following are sample PA announcements your school can use to promote good personal hygiene
practices. Schools are encouraged to involve students and ask them to create their own hygiene messages
that be used as announcements as well!
Keen to be Clean
Remember …the first step to keeping clean is to wash! When you shower or bathe regularly it gets rid of
the dirt and oil on your skin and reduces the bacteria that can lead to body odour. You can also try a
deodorant to help prevent body odour. But remember some people are sensitive to perfumes and scents –
you can try a scent free product. Nothing smells better than clean skin!
Washing Your Clothes
At puberty, sweat glands start to produce more sweat, which produces body odour. Your clothes can
absorb body odour as well. Wearing clean clothes on a clean body makes you feel good about yourself.
Oral Health
Did you know that your teeth are covered in enamel, which is the hardest substance in the body? Help
protect your teeth, gums and enamel by brushing your teeth after every meal or at least two times daily.
Also, floss at least once a day to keep your smile healthy and bright.
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Parent Newsletter Inserts
The following Parent Newsletter Inserts are available for schools to download online at www.toronto.ca/health
(go to the A-Z index & select "S" for schools).
Keen to Be Clean
As children approach puberty they will experience many changes within their bodies. At puberty, sweat glands
start to produce more secretions. When these secretions are exposed to air and moisture they produce body
odours. Children can tease each other or even bully other children because of body odour or their personal
hygiene practices.
Encourage your children to follow these steps to help them feel clean and fresh…
Have regular showers or baths to help get rid of the dirt and oil on their skin and reduce the bacteria
that can lead to body odour.
Clothes can absorb body odour as well – ensure that your child’s clothes are washed regularly and
wear clean clothes daily.
Send a change of clothes for your children to change into after gym class.
Baby Teeth are Important
Healthy baby teeth are good for children in many ways, including:
speaking
eating
to look good and to play
help to bring in healthy adult teeth
Tooth decay can start early. You can prevent cavities by:
giving healthy foods to your child – milk, fruit, vegetables
reducing sweet and sticky foods – candy, soft drinks, cookies
keeping your child’s mouth clean – brushing at least twice per day
taking your child to see the dentist from an early age
For information about Toronto Public Health Dental and Oral Health Services call Toronto Health Connection
at 416-338-7600 or www.toronto.ca/health.
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Early Childhood Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is one of the most common early childhood diseases.
Food and bacteria on the teeth cause decay.
White spots on the teeth may be signs of early tooth decay.
Decay affects a child’s sleep, eating, learning and looks.
To prevent decay do not put your child to sleep with a bottle.
Clean your child’s mouth at least twice per day – before bedtime.
For information about Dental and Oral Health Services call Toronto Health Connection at 416-338-7600 or
www.toronto.ca/health.
Tips for a Healthy Smile
Healthy teeth and gums contribute in many ways to our everyday lives. With healthy teeth a child can eat,
speak, sleep and have self confidence. Healthy teeth should last a lifetime if they are cared for properly. Here
are some tips to help your child be tooth smart…
Children's teeth should be brushed for a minimum of two minutes at least twice a day (in the morning
and in the evening before bedtime).
Flossing at least once daily will remove plaque and debris from between the teeth where the
toothbrush can’t reach. Parents are encouraged to help floss their children's teeth.
Limit sugary snacks like candy, dried fruit snacks and sticky baked goods. These types of food can
cause tooth decay.
Cheese please! Eating a piece of cheese after a meal or snack may actually protect teeth against
cavities. Try packing a few pieces of cheese in your child’s lunch bag.
Fruit juices should be limited as they are high in natural sugars – try diluting your children's fruit juice
with water or encourage them to choose a piece of fruit to eat instead.
Avoid fruit drinks and pop because they are high in sugar.
For information about Dental and Oral Health Services call Toronto Health Connection at
416-338-7600 or www.toronto.ca/health.
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Teacher Resource
Discussion about Hygiene – 10 minutes
Introduction
What are some of the body changes that happen during puberty that would make you want to change
your hygiene practices?
Answers might include: sweat glands and oil glands are more productive
Why is it important to have good hygiene?
By taking care of our bodies through proper hygiene, we are more likely to stay healthy and feel good
about ourselves. Good hygiene can also help us better cope with the changes that occur in puberty.
What are some ways that girls and boys can practice good hygiene?
Oral Hygiene: How can we take care of our teeth and gums?
Brush our teeth at least two times a day.
Floss our teeth once a day – it is best to floss before going to bed.
Hygiene for the Body: What happens to our skin during puberty?
As hormone levels increase, the oil glands (on the face, shoulders, chest and back) become more active.
If the pores are blocked, blackheads may result. When bacteria get into pores, it can cause infections
that produce pimples.
Adapted and reproduced with permission of Public Health, Region of Peel
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What can you do?
Washing your face with soap and water, with a face cloth a few times a day, can help remove oils from
the skin and keep your pores clean. Once you've reached puberty, it is recommended you bathe/shower
daily as it helps to clear up pimples from your shoulders, chest and back. Sometimes, washing does not
help acne problems. In these cases, you should talk to a parent, teacher, or consult a doctor.
Why does body odour occur during puberty?
At puberty, sweat glands start to produce more secretions. When these secretions are exposed to air
moisture, they produce odours.
What can you do?
Once you've reached puberty, it is recommended you bathe/shower daily with soap and water. Pay
particular attention to underarms and the pubic area to decrease unpleasant odours. Dry your skin well
after you shower or bathe. If you have oily hair, wash it daily. If you have dry, frizzy or coarse hair, wash it
less often. You might also want to talk to your parents about using an antiperspirant or a deodorant.
Finally, be sure to wear clean clothes (including socks and underwear) every day.
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Handout
When you take care of your body, through good personal hygiene, you are helping yourself to stay healthy and
to enhance your self-esteem.
What happens to my skin during puberty?
As hormone levels increase, the oil glands (on the face, shoulders, chest and back) become more active.
If the pores are blocked, blackheads may result. When bacteria get into pores, it can cause infections
that produce pimples.
What can you do?
Washing your face with soap and water, with a face cloth a few times a day, can help remove oils from
the skin and keep your pores clean. Once you've reached puberty, it is recommended you bathe/shower
daily as it helps to clear up pimples from your shoulders, chest and back. Sometimes, washing does not
help acne problems. In these cases, you should talk to a parent, teacher, or consult a doctor.
Why does body odour occur during puberty?
At puberty, sweat glands start to produce more secretions. When these secretions are exposed to air
moisture, they produce odours.
What can you do?
Once you've reached puberty, it is recommended you bathe/shower daily with soap and water. Pay
particular attention to underarms and the pubic area to decrease unpleasant odours. Dry your skin well
after you shower or bathe. If you have oily hair, wash it daily. If you have dry, frizzy or coarse hair, wash it
less often. You might also want to talk to your parents about using antiperspirant or deodorant. Finally,
be sure to wear clean clothes (including socks and underwear) every day.
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Unscramble the words below
Hint:
Answer:
PSAO
You use this to get clean
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TLEHAYH
Bathing regularly can keep you
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DOURO
Sweat can produce this
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LSFOS
Remember to do this at least once
daily
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DTENOADOR
Use this before physical activity
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MGSER
These can make you sick
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LEANEM
The hardest substance in the body
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DCNAY
This type of treat will cause cavities
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Create your own:
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Answer Sheet
Hint:
Answer:
PSAO
You use this to get clean
TLEHAYH
Bathing regularly can keep you
DOURO
Sweat can produce this
ODOUR
LSFOS
Remember to do this at least once
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FLOSS
DTENOADOR
Use this before physical activity
MGSER
These can make you sick
GERMS
LEANEM
The hardest substance in the body
ENAMEL
DCNAY
This type of treat will cause cavities
CANDY
SOAP
HEALTHY
DEODORANT
Create your own:
__________________
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TCDSB Approved
Take Action Towards a Healthy School
Teacher Resource - Activity Two:
Hip to Hygiene Quiz – 10 minutes
If time allows, have the students fill out the Hip to Hygiene Quiz. They could complete the quiz individually or in
groups. Take a few minutes to review the answers and to address any questions your students may have.
Answers to the Hip to Hygiene Quiz:
1. TRUE – to get rid of dirt and oil on the face,
wash your face gently twice a day as it
helps prevent clogged pores that can lead
to acne.
6. FALSE – Food doesn't cause acne – acne is
caused by excess oil on the skin which is
caused by hormones not food.
2. TRUE – Tobacco products will stain your
teeth and can lead to gum disease or
cancer. Pop contains tooth-damaging acids
which can damage your enamel and lead to
more stains.
7. TRUE – Once you've reached puberty, it is
recommended to bathe/shower daily with
soap and water. Pay particular attention to
underarms and the pubic area to decrease
unpleasant odours. Dry your skin well after
you shower or bathe.
3. FALSE – Excess sun exposure can cause
the outer layer of the skin to thicken, which
may result in closed pores creating more
acne.
8. TRUE – Brush teeth and tongue at least
twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride
helps strengthen tooth enamel which keeps
your teeth strong.
4. TRUE – Flossing helps remove food
particles from between your teeth that your
toothbrush can't reach – this helps remove
bacteria that causes bad breath.
9. TRUE – Although women tend to have more
sweat glands than men, men tend to have
more active sweat glands, therefore they
sweat more.
5. FALSE – Deodorants can be used prior to
physical activity to prevent odour.
Antiperspirants can be used prior to
physical activity to prevent sweating.
10. FALSE – Hard scrubbing can make acne
worse. It is recommended to wash face
gently with soap and water.
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Handout
TRUE
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Washing your face every day can help control pimples.
2.
Tobacco and pop (soft drinks) stain teeth.
3.
Getting a lot of sun is good for acne.
4.
Flossing your teeth every day removes food between teeth that can
cause bad breath.
5.
You should put on deodorant or antiperspirant after the gym.
6.
Eating chocolate and greasy foods will cause pimples.
7.
The best way to stay clean during puberty is to wash your body
regularly.
8.
Using fluoride toothpaste will help fight tooth decay and cavities.
9.
Males tend to sweat more than females.
10.
If you scrub your face very hard, you can eliminate blemishes.
FALSE
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A. Healthy Schools Approach – Personal Hygiene
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INSTRUCTION/
CURRICULUM
HEALTHY
PHYSICAL
Classroom Activities:
See "Activities and Handouts" for
curriculum support ideas related to
both personal and oral hygiene
Students:
ENVIRONMENT
Involve students and create an
information bulletin board
Remind students to bring their
gym clothes home to be washed
regularly
Ask students to create posters
with personal hygiene messages –
post and rotate posters in the school
Encourage students to bring wash
cloths or body wipes to use at school
after being physically active
Encourage students to talk to their
parents about bringing deodorant or
antiperspirant to school to use before
being physically active
Staff & Administration:
Provide students with a safe area
where they can discuss personal
hygiene issues with a designated staff
member
Organize a resource section in the
library with a range of books and
materials about oral hygiene and
personal hygiene
Parents:
Encourage parents to send
children to school with a change of
clothing when they are participating in
sporting events or gym class
School Staff:
See “Special Considerations for
Teachers” - tips on how to discuss
sensitive issues such as body odour
with students and their families
See “Additional Resources” for
more information and/or resources that
schools can use regarding personal
hygiene
OPHEA Health and Physical
Education Curriculum Supports:
“Always Changing” resources –
addresses the transition between
childhood and adolescence, and the
beginning stages of puberty
www.ophea.net
Grade 3 - Personal Health and
Safety: Making Healthy Choices Units
4 and 5 – Oral Health
http://hpe.ophea.net/
SUPPORTIVE
SOCIAL
ENVIRONMENT
School Community Initiatives:
Wellness Committees – plan
activities related to personal hygiene
(e.g. a school wide awareness
campaign)
See PA Announcements communicate good personal hygiene
messages
See Parent Newsletter Inserts address oral hygiene, body odour,
puberty changes, acne and skin care
Parent-Teacher Interviews Discuss the social implications for
students related to personal hygiene
practices with parents (e.g. students
may teased or even bullied) –
personal hygiene products such as
shampoo, soap and deodorant may be
displayed
School Assemblies - Involve
parents and students to plan activities
(e.g. presentations, skits, plays)
throughout the year to address
personal hygiene issues – themes
may include “What is acne?...Steps to
better skin” or “Oral Hygiene – How to
Take Care of your Mouth”
Provide students with
opportunities to brush &/or floss teeth
after lunch
COMMUNITY
PARTNERSHIPS
Toronto Public Health:
Liaison Public Health Nurse Invite your liaison PHN to your School
Wellness Committee to discuss
personal hygiene
Sexual Health Educator - provides
information to staff and students
related to puberty changes
Dental Services - Free dental care
for eligible children, high school
students and seniors
www.toronto.ca/health/dental/index.htm
Other Community Partners:
Canadian Dental Association
www.cda-adc.ca/*
“Brushamania”*
www.brushamania.ca/school_info.html
“SmileCity”*
www.smilecity.ca
*Please see “Additional Resources” for
more detail
March 2011

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