February 2017
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The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is pleased to share the following news and resources to help in your efforts to prevent dental caries and obesity in children. 


Upcoming Presentations

The following presentations will be at upcoming conferences based on research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored Healthy Futures conference:
  • Our Role In Combatting Childhood Obesity, A Synopsis of the Findings from the Robert Wood Johnson Initiative for Oral Health Providers, Special Care Dentistry Association Meeting, Charlotte, NC, March 10, 2017. Stephen Beetstra, presenter.
  • Association Between Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Childhood Obesity, IADR/AADR/CADR  Meeting, March 22, 2017, San Francisco, CA. Norman Tinanoff, moderator; Julie Franstve-Hawley, Mary Foley, and Robin Wright, speakers; and Raul Garcia, reactor.
  • Survey of Dental Hygienists Regarding Childhood Obesity and Sugar Consumption, IADR/AADR/CADR Meeting, March 24, 2017, San Francisco, CA. Sue Bessner, speaker.

National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief Analyzes Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption Among U.S. Youth

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for survey years 2011–2012 and 2013–2014 were used in this National Center for Health Statistics data brief, Sugar-sweetened Beverage Consumption Among U.S. Youth, 2011–2014. Summary findings include that "the percentage of total calories consumed from sugar-sweetened beverages on a given day increased with age, with those aged 12-19 having the highest intakes."

In the Popular Press

"Even If It Fails, Lawsuit Accusing Coca-Cola Of Consumer Deception Could Yield Benefits For Health Advocates," published January 6, 2017, on 

"Obesity-Linked Diagnoses On The Rise Among Kids And Teens," posted January 12, 2017, on
Healthy Food America
Healthy Food America is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit launched in 2016 to act on scientific evidence to drive change in food policy and industry practice, giving people greater control over their health and reducing diet-related illnesses, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Howard County Unsweetened
With funding from the local Horizon Foundation, Howard County Unsweetened focuses on making it easier for families to find healthy beverages and reduce consumption of sugary drinks. The campaign includes policy measures and public health messaging to improve healthy beverage choices in schools, childcare centers, government locations and community organizations. A youth campaign, #BevRev (see related article "#BevRev Youth Campaign Employs Anti-Tobacco Tactics Against the Soda Industry"), features videos that show teenagers taking on the sugary drink industry.  Howard County Unsweetened shares resources, tips and tricks, news, and a blog about local action.

Rethink Your Drink!

Delta Dental, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and others employ this catchy phrase to help change behavior. Find facts, brochures, posters, media campaign materials, and more.
We want to hear from you! Do you have information that you would like to share about work that you, your organization, or others are doing to help prevent prevent dental caries and obesity in children? Are you aware of useful resources that we can share with others? Please contribute to the effort by submitting your ideas.
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