Meet Delilah: Entertaining and Educating Children and Parents on Handwashing & Food Safety

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Green Apple Tales brings food safety to life in this series of children's books, teaching families the basics of food safety and hygiene, and preventing the spread of bacterial and viral diseases. This is a novel approach to delivering food safety information, through its team of lovable characters, full-color illustrations and easy-to understand principles. Based on USDA and FDA guidelines, a different principle is depicted in each story to help keep families safe, from handwashing to food allergies, to keeping foods safe at a holiday party.

Recent food-related outbreaks across the country, and the imminent onset of the H1N1 flu have raised fears about the safety of the foods that we eat and how infections can be spread in homes and schools. Eastern Mass Food Safety has launched a series of books aimed at teaching children the basics of food safety and hygiene, and preventing the spread of bacterial and viral diseases.

Green Apple Tales is a novel approach to delivering food safety information, through its lovable characters, full-color illustrations and easy-to understand principles. Based on USDA and FDA guidelines, a different principle is depicted in each story to help keep families safe, from handwashing to food allergies, to keeping foods safe at a holiday party. http://www.greenappletales.com

In the first book of the series, "Delilah Washes her Hands," follow Delilah in her entertaining and educational journey to the playground with her friends. But her lunch is ready and there is one important thing she must do before she eats...Wash her hands. (Principle: Handwashing)

In "Tony the Pony's Big Dream," Tony has a big wish.... he wants to be a rootin' tootin' cowboy! See how he lives the cowboy life, and what he does for fun with his 2 brothers. And how does he keep the foods he is cooking for their Rodeo dinner safe and delicious? Yee-haa! (Principle: Preventing cross-contamination)

"There is a lot that we can do to keep our families safe from foodborne illness and the spread of flu virus," says Ms. Rice-Andrea. "Green Apple Tales" are meant to be shared by parents and children together. Our goal is to help parents teach their children, one story at a time, and obtain important food safety information for themselves as well. Teachers, pre-schools and nurses have already expressed the need for this information, especially on Handwashing, Allergies, and Illness behavior."

Simple recipes at the end of each book allow parent and child to prepare dishes together using the principles and foods described in the story, fostering parent/child relationships at the same time.

About Eastern Mass Food Safety
Cindy Rice Andrea, RS, MSPH, CPFS is president of Dining in the Light, Inc dba/ Eastern Mass Food Safety, and author of "Green Apple Tales." An Epidemiologist and Certified Professional in Food Safety, she is a food safety educator and consultant to the foodservice and regulatory industry. She serves on the Massachusetts Dept. of Education Lifeskills Advisory Council, and the Partnership for Food Safety Education. Cindy is a speaker to national professional organizations and consumer groups on food safety, health and nutrition topics. Her articles appear regularly in the national publication "Food Safety Solutions" and her "Pocket Guide to Food Safety" is distributed internationally. "Green Apple Tales" will soon be released for publication.

Contact: Cindy Rice Andrea
300 Grove St, Unit 395
Braintree, MA 02184
Ph: 781-356-1467
Fx: 781-356-3960                        
http://www.easternmassfoodsafety.com

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