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Healthy Bladder and Bowel Habits in Schools

March 31, 2013

The Continence Foundation of Australia, as part of the Healthy Bladder and Bowel Habits in Schools project, recently introduced the Toilet Tactics Kit. The aim of the kit is to raise awareness of healthy bladder and bowel habits in schools and to improve or maintain the standard of school toilets across Australia. A pilot of the kit was conducted in six primary schools across South Australia and Victoria. All participating primary schools found the Toilet Tactics Kit to be a useful resource which they would use again. Feel Free to check it out!

Excerpt from the Continence Foundation of Australia website (www.continence.org.au):

What is Toilet Tactics?
Toilet Tactics is a fun user-friendly kit designed to help promote healthy bladder and bowel habits in primary schools and to improve or maintain the standard of school toilets. The kit is divided into sections for teachers, students and parents and can be integrated into classroom activities for health education.

Who should use Toilet Tactics?
Toilet Tactics has been designed for use in Australian primary schools. The kit has been designed to involve the whole school community.

Why use Toilet Tactics?
This program is seeking to motivate children to adopt healthy bladder and bowel habits by empowering them through education and knowledge. It is built on the premise that many lifelong attitudes, beliefs and behaviours begin in childhood and that instilling these values at a young age may help avoid issues later in life.

Research shows that bladder and bowel problems can have a negative impact on a child’s self-esteem and quality of life. A child’s perception of their school toilets and access to them can impact on a child’s health and wellbeing, which can also impact on a child’s ability to learn.

View the Toilet Tactics kit here.