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Cass County children learn about oral health care through new partnership

BELTON, Mo., (Sept. 28, 2018) – Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF) is improving the lives of more children in Cass County as a new oral health partner of the University of Missouri (MU) Extension’s Show Me Nutrition Curriculum. The curriculum is designed to help youth make healthier food and activity choices, including low-income children served by MU Extension’s Family Nutrition Education Programs.

CCHF community outreach coordinator, Katie Schroeder, traveled to A Kid’s Place in Pleasant Hill, Missouri to provide one of the Foundation’s first curriculums. Children participated in activities and received handouts about oral hygiene and healthy eating habits, including an interactive demonstration on proper toothbrush techniques and the damage sugary drinks can cause to teeth.

“Cass Community Health Foundation concentrates on communicating the importance of clean teeth to children,” Schroeder said. “Our partnership with the University of Missouri Extension’s Show Me Nutrition Curriculum gives us another opportunity to get out the puppets and books for fun, engaging oral hygiene learning activities. Our most vulnerable population needs this information to lead a healthy lifestyle.”

CCHF is on track to reach more than 100 kids this year; a promising start to a brand new partnership. Schroeder will travel to Archie, Belton, Peculiar and Raymore to deliver the curriculum throughout the school year.

CCHF also provides free dental screenings to students in Cass County and Grandview schools and operates two safety net dental clinics, Cass County Dental Clinic, in Belton and Harrisonville, Missouri. Learn more about CCHF’s oral health efforts at casscommunityhealth.org.