Do the 'dab' for a healthier winter? video

Emily Ford/FAIRFAX NZ

Randwick Park School are dabbing their way to a healthy winter.

 The popular Lean and Dabb dance is being used by a group of school children determined to stay healthy this winter - and they've dubbed their own version Trap and Wash

As flu season is upon us, Randwick Park School in south Auckland is using the popular dance move to stop the spread of germs.

The dab, where people drop their head into their elbow and raise the opposite arm, is what they're using to keep their sneezes to themselves.

Randwick Park School students are learning a lot about how to stop spreading infectious flu germs.
EMILY FORD/FAIRFAX NZ

Randwick Park School students are learning a lot about how to stop spreading infectious flu germs.

Choreographed by teachers Sandra Booth and Helena Stickney and written by students, Trap and Wash is their version of iLoveMemphis's song Lean and Dabb.

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Students are using the dab dance move to stop germs spreading when they sneeze.
EMILY FORD/FAIRFAX NZ

Students are using the dab dance move to stop germs spreading when they sneeze.

It's their re-imagination of the SneezeSafe programme which teaches children to trap a sneeze with a tissue, bin it, wash your hands, and don't eat it.

"Blow it in the tissue/So you don't have an issue" and "Sneeze in your arm/Safe from all harm" are some of the lyrics they're using to get the message across.

"It's amazing how everyone started contributing to the song, even the teacher aides were coming up with ideas," Booth says.

SneezeSafe is a free initiative developed by Kleenex for New Zealand schools with lessons involving water spray bottles, bubbles, and infectious glitter handshakes.

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Randwick Park School is delivering the programme this year for the first time, with Booth leading it in her year 3 and 4 class.

Booth says the message is really succinct and has hit a chord with her students - a lot of them didn't realise how far a simple sneeze could spread.

"As soon as someone coughs or sneezes they all ask 'did you wash your hands'."

Send us your own dab video, promoting healthy sneeze habits, and we'll send two tickets to Event Cinemans to the best one. Send your entries to edmc@snl.co.nz

 - Stuff

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