LetterPress Software, Inc., located on Utah State University's Innovation Campus, was awarded the 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award for Children's Science Software. The award was presented by the Association of Education Publishers for Children FightBAC!, an animated, educational software that teaches children how to handle food safely. USU funded the project with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Children FightBAC! includes12 interactive lessons that use animated cartoon characters to teach children how to cook, chill, clean and store food. The software program increases children's knowledge about food safety and teaches children to wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination of foods, refrigerate properly and to cook at the right temperature.
According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, food borne disease causes approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year. Children are particularly at risk for these diseases.
(Read the full press release in Utah State Today's archive