HR Strange But True!
January 19, 2012

Informing employees about preventing the flu can be mundane, but not in the entertainment capital of the world. Instead of handouts with the usual do’s and don’ts, New York City has posted some videos that not only show preventive measures but also entertain.

In a style reminiscent of old black-and-white silent movie comedies, the light-hearted public service announcements feature Grammy-winning hip hop promoter and radio personality Fatman Scoop and his wife, HIV/AIDS Counselor Shanda, in different situations in which flu germs that could have spread illness get smothered in the crook of an arm, washed down the drain, or captured in a face mask.

Called “the funniest happily married couple in the world,” the creators of the “Man and Wife” comedy act and their own Man and Wife Web TV series share tips on everything from sneeze etiquette to the importance of staying home while you are sick.

“We’re glad to have Fatman Scoop and Shanda on our side in [the] fight against influenza,” said New York City Health Commission Dr. Thomas Farley. “We know how to prevent influenza, and they know how to make people smile. Their efforts will help ensure that all New Yorkers get the information they need to stay well this winter.”

So maybe you can put a little pizzazz into your flu prevention presentations.

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