Kids Dental Health on the Fast Track
Posted by Paul on 4/18/2013 11:40:00 AM
Rev your engines for dental health! Let me share about a cool event I attended at J.A. Rogers Elementary in Kansas City today. On the national level, ADA's Give Kids A Smile program teams up with 3M Racing to highlight oral health education. NASCAR star Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series helps deliver a message to children about healthy habits like brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing, visiting the dentist, and making healthy food choices.
The 3M team was in town for the race at Kansas Speedway. In addition to a large outreach at the track, they scheduled the Show Car for two assemblies at the elementary school. I stopped in to observe the high energy presentation from Tommy Danger and Peebo, the 3M Racing Pit Bull mascot. The students paid great attention to all the speakers and then enthusiastically responded to questions with a chance to win a prize. Then they got to hear the car rev up for top noise impact and get their class picture made with the car. They also left with goody bags. It was quite a day! Thank you, Principal Dr Wendy McNitt for hosting everyone. Your students are well behaved!
Of interest was the fact that the elementary school serves as an outpost clinic two days a week for the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center. This model has helped kids get regular care. When asked how many were cavity free, an impressive amount of hands went up.
I want to thank and salute the folks who work hard to make all these aspects come together. The first photo features the 3M rep, Mike, with the ADA program coordinator Nicole Catral. The third photo features two staffers at the school clinic, Dr Lauren Andreas the school clinic dentist knows as "Dr A" , Tommy Danger, and Dr Mike Jurkovich, medical director for the Samuel Rodgers Health Center.
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