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Cartoon character called Flint

Name of education programme
Dem Bones & Joints Schools Kit

Originating organisation
Osteoporosis Australia (Western Australia Group)

Judy Stenmark
Osteoporosis Australia
GPO Box 121
NSW 2001

Tel:+61 2 9518 8140
Fax:+61 2 9518 6306

Description of the programme
To date the Dem Bones & Joints schools kit has been disseminated throughout primary schools in Western Australia, where it was developed. It is a comprehensive resource for ages 8-12 and the teachers of physical education and health. Dem Bones & Joints activities enable students to progress towards the knowledge and understanding, values, attitudes and skills outcomes of the Health and Physical Education Learning Area of the Curriculum Framework. Activities are also consistent with the Health Education syllabus. So far it has been used in over 200 primary schools in Western Australia. With the help of sponsorship from Kraft it is intended that the kit will be available in almost every primary school in Australia.

Teaching module

Up to this point the kit has been publicised by sports people in Western Australia, mainly footballers, and this has worked particularly well when visits to schools have been organised. The intention is to link it with a national sport, such as netball or tennis, when it is taken Australia wide. The pack may be launched nationwide in Australia during 'Healthy Bones Week', August 6-13, during which younger populations will be targeted.

Is the programme still running?

Target audience
Girls aged 8-12
Boys aged 8-12

Has the programme been approved by your scientific advisory committee?

What worked well
Teaching modules. Kids particularly liked the bone apron on to which bones are attached using Velcro™. Linking in the kit with a visit to the school by a sports celebrity was also successful.

What didn't work well
The only component which didn't work too well was the video which featured footballers because this involved only men. This element of the programme will be dropped when it is launched nationwide.

Type of information and material available
Illustrations, cartoons, graphs
Other: schools kit, stickers, rulers. A new television commercial has been produced.

Kit contents:
i) teaching modules, each of which contain an introduction, questions and answers, classroom activities and home activities, on: The Skeleton, Joints, Food, Growth, Teeth and Exercise, Injury and Prevention;
ii) comprehensive teachers' notes;
iii) Dr Bones apron (with detachable bones);
iv) rubber frill-necked lizard toy character called Flint;
v) exercise injury prevention and management video.

Activity questionnaire

Are you willing to provide material and advice to other IOF members?

Languages in which the material is available

US$80,000 (for the nationwide programme)

Corporate sponsors
Kraft, Australia

Other partners
Education Departments

Did the programme use celebrities, role models or mentors?
Yes, footballers in Western Australia. Sports people from whichever sport is chosen for the nationwide programme will be involved.

Is the programme suitable for other countries?
Very much so, though probably more suited to Western cultures.

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