A group of youngsters has been trained to spread the message of healthy living among their peers and families this summer. Sixty 'health ambassadors' received certificates for their performance in a food and environmental hygiene quiz, which was the climax of a life-skills training camp organised by the Provisional Regional Council and the Education Department. The get-together was aimed at enhancing their knowledge of a 'clean lifestyle' and the hygiene facilities available in Hong Kong. They participated in workshops, games, and group discussions, and visited a newly refurbished refuse collection point, public toilet, bathhouse and market during the three- day program. Environmental Hygiene Select Committee chairman Dr Pang Hok- tue said the camp - the first such event to be held in the New Territories - would help boost students' hygiene education. 'This is a very useful way to promote the message [of food and environmental hygiene] among the public. It can consolidate their knowledge of hygiene and change their bad habits through active participation rather than books. 'This year we selected 60 youngsters out of 245 applicants, and we hope to involve more next year,' Dr Pang said. Third-former Man Ka-wai, 15, said she had learnt the basic concepts of personal and food hygiene. 'I used to think that washing hands with soap would be clean enough, but now I know that I should dry the hands afterwards to keep the germs away.' Ka-wai said she would distribute leaflets about how to lead a healthy lifestyle among her friends and family. Li Cheuk-man, who is studying in Secondary Two, said the camp gave him a chance to share his thoughts about the issue with others. 'Visits to the new hygiene facilities impressed me the most. These places are no longer shabby and smelly,' the 14-year-old said. Both students agreed that group discussions and life-skills workshops had boosted their confidence, as well as their communication and leadership skills. As members of the Health Education Unit, these ambassadors will take part in a Food Hygiene Carnival next February with the aim of promoting health education among teenagers and students.