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5 Key Ways Project: Adapting the WHO Manual on Food Safety for Use in Guatemalan Elementary Schools

(OPS/INCAP - Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama, 2006)

Five Key Ways Project Documentation

Content Manual

Manual 5 Claves

Manual for the Parent Advisory Council

5 claves, manual para la junta escolar

Activity Book and Teacher's Manual

5 key ways, teacher's manual

Progress Report

progress report

Official Poster in
Spanish | English | French

poster, 5 Key Ways Project

INCAP Project Fact Sheet
(in Spanish)


- PAHO Food Safety Page
- Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP)
- Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI)
- PAHO Sustainable Development and Environmental Health

Panalimentos (Pan American institute in Argentina working in the area of food safety)

WHO Links: Food Safety   |   School Health Promotion
Global School Health Initiative |  Environmental Health
Sharing and reapplying practical knowledge: YOU CAN HELP!
(above site for countries to share information on projects like this one)

Project Summary, The 5 key ways to keep your food safe

Taking into account that schools are an important space to promote the development of healthy lifestyles in children, the manual Bringing Food Safety Home: Using the WHO Five Keys to Safer Food has been adapted for use in primary schools in Guatemala.


The purpose of the Content Manual The 5 key ways to keep your food safe is to serve as an educational guide, as well as reference material, for the educational community (teachers, primary students and parents) in order to teach and learn five basic keys for keeping food safe and avoiding its contamination.

As well as adapting the content manual, two other manuals were developed. The Activity Manual (Teacher's Manual) includes dynamic and participatory activities that teachers can use with students to reinforce the concepts of the five keys, and the Manual for the Parent Advisory Council (How to make a Food Safety Plan for my School?), consists of five steps for the implementation of a plan to improve the food and water situation within the school.

It is hoped that these materials will contribute to the school curriculum allowing children, as well as their families, acquire and put into practice the 5 key ways, therefore reducing foodborne diseases in Guatemala and increasing the nutritional status and health of families.

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