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"Friends" Magazine

Cartoon image of a dog, chicken, cow, pig, and sheep on the cover of the Friends magazine

The CDC-USDA-4H Public Health Youth Education Program partnered with the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Office to develop an eight-page magazine for fifth and sixth grade students. Titled Friends, the magazine will educate students about zoonotic disease prevention.

The magazine is accompanied by two interactive lesson plans that demonstrate the importance of effective hand washing and covering your sneeze.

These education tools include messages about:

  • Good hygiene
  • Ways to prevent zoonotic diseases
  • The impact of zoonotic diseases on individuals and their communities
  • How to apply their new knowledge to real-life situations

The materials follow national and state standards and include the newly introduced Common Core for Literacy in Science and Social Studies. The materials also follow the National 4-H Curricula recommendations and guidelines for peer-reviewed resource development.

The magazine and accompanying lesson plans will be piloted with approximately 25,000 fifth graders in Georgia public schools during the 2013-2014 school year